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Content delivery is becoming more important, Hilwa said, as the center of gravity of information technology continues to move from the enterprise to consumers, and computing tools move toward being primarily used for content consumption.
Of course, business users still need devices that are optimized for business use -- running standard productivity programs like Microsoft Office, as well as efficient services for email, database management, contact management, accounting, etc.
A second trend Hilwa notes is that enterprise mobility has been "taking off" as mobile apps have noticeably entered the enterprise. Companies have begun to let "tablets inside the firewall, often purchased and not necessarily BYOD," he said, and, they have "started to invest seriously in application development."
He's referring to the fact that many businesses now have their workers using tablets with customized programs. For example, consider how sales reps in Apple stores now use their handheld iPad tablets as point-of-sale devices.
Hilwa also points to the growing economy of development tools vendors who want to satisfy the "write-once, run almost everywhere" goals that are increasingly present in businesses.
Mainstreaming of the Cloud
His third big trend brings us back to cloud computing and the "realization that enterprises will move to the cloud once much of the impedance mismatch between what happens inside and outside the firewall is reduced." In other words, business users want to be able to work as efficiently from home or on the road (outside the network firewall), as they can at the office (behind the firewall).
This trend toward cloud computing and complete remote access is exemplified, Hilwa noted, by Platform-as-a-Service vendors providing a "more diverse set of programming languages than just Ruby," as well as virtual machines, private cloud platforms, and hybrid arrangements.
Hilwa concludes that all of this points to "the mainstreaming of the cloud," where the cloud is meeting the requirements of the enterprise and not vice versa.
Top Tech Trends for You
Which tech trends influenced your life and your work in 2012? Did you add a tablet to your arsenal of tech gadgets to bridge the gap between your PC and your smartphone, or maybe just for fun? Were you able to start working from home thanks to cloud computing? Or did life get easier because of BYOD -- now being able to bring your devices to work to continue working on a project you started at home?
Posted: 2012-12-30 @ 5:18pm PT
Love my iPad!!
Posted: 2012-12-30 @ 5:16pm PT
I started working from home 2 years ago and love it. I couldn't do it without cloud computing, so it definitely gets my vote for best technology -- but also tied with my smartphone. Being able to see and respond to my customers' email anytime, anywhere is so helpful.