As we did at the end of last year, we decided to once again survey some members of our business to see what they were looking forward to or predicting in the technology space for the new year. We got varied responses on everything from cyber security to government consumption of cloud services. Read along to see the answers and share your opinions in the comments section.
Innovating to fight the invisible battle
“Cyber-crime will continue to grow. Its effectiveness at extracting value through exploits will improve. As consumers, we expect things to connect and work together seamlessly across the internet. The cyber criminals, however, will continue to find holes in technology and use these vulnerabilities for personal gain…
“The exciting side of this will be the new wave of services to which companies will subscribe, which will give them a level of comfort that somebody is helping to protect their reputation online. The clever cyber warriors will aggregate critical security alerts from various sources and provide services 24×7 to organisations to defend, monitor and respond against the online world’s subversive element. It’ll be interesting to see how this invisible battle plays out in 2014.”
— Mark McWilliams, Datacom Director of Investments
Government cloud and the Internet of Things
“I’m looking forward to:
· A progressive year in the migration of Government to cloud based services.
· Continuous innovation in the Internet of Things to improve the way technology enhances our everyday life.”
— Tom Scicluna, Datacom New Technology & Innovation Business Manager
“The tech I am looking forward to is a mature delivery of smart watches. The Galaxy Gear, for example, looks impressive, but for a first-generation device, it comes with a hefty price tag. Second generation devices will hopefully bring greater battery life and more creativity for design combined with pricing less than a 7” tablet goes for.”
— Damon Wynne, Datacom South Australia Solution Architect
From cloud brokers to social calendaring
“Body tech — body monitoring technologies integrated with mobile apps and cloud. Internet of everything — contextual automation and sequencing. Cloud brokers involved in moving companies from one cloud provider to the next seamlessly based on special offers and costs like credit cards. Social calendaring, mobile device diversity, application diversity and 3D printing.”
— Wasim Anwar, Datacom Western Australia Project Service Manager