What 2014 Will Hold for Technology

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

Smarter watches

“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

Why it Might Not Matter Which Mobile Devices Employees Use in the Future

ZDnet published a piece in August titled “No matter how cool, phones are not tablets or computers. Or are they?” It spoke to the idea that because mobile devices can’t do all the same things and require different accessories or components to run effectively in an enterprise, many organisations today don’t think they can accommodate a full-scale BYOD environment. The story also touched upon the idea that a laptop is still crucial to computing, especially in terms of content creation and editing.

But mobile devices act in many of the same ways as desktops — they’re a vehicle for productivity and task completion. The future state of enterprise mobility — and the desktop — could very well allow employees to do whatever they need to do from whichever device they want. Here are some of the emerging possibilities that might one day make it irrelevant which mobile devices your employees bring into work.

Docking stations for mobile devices

Technology vendors are beginning to market docking stations that allow mobile devices to be used as desk phones and computers, with instant messaging, conferencing and extension dialing. If this trend continues, employees will eventually be able to use these mobile devices to communicate, create more content and leverage powerful productivity apps. According to a June 2012 report by McKinsey & Company, half of CIOs believe smartphones will eventually be modularly docked with a keyboard, screen and related devices in any location. Battery life and connectivity issues have so far kept this idea as only a possibility, but as both mobile devices and docking stations evolve, it stands to get closer to reality.

VDI to manage BYOD

VDI allows users to not only access their desktops from any device but also lets IT manage computing from a central location, providing easier administration and deployment. VDI can also be more secure because no corporate data will sit on employees’ mobile devices. IT maintains control over both the operating system and the apps on the mobile devices.

Increased smartphone power

Some industry evangelists say the increasing power of smartphones will someday squash the current concerns about CPU, battery life and storage ability in these mobile devices. With the power to run and perform well throughout a workday, it will be a matter of connecting these phones of the future to a monitor to use them like the desktops of yore.

The bottom line

In the end, the ZDnet piece concluded it won’t really matter which mobile devices employees use at work as they will all carry, in some capacity, the same general functionality to be productive inside and outside of the office. The form factor will not matter as much as the total capabilities available to employees to get their jobs done. But getting to this future mobility state takes planning. To prepare for what will be possible in the years to come, consult with an IT provider experienced in both desktop deployment and mobility solutions to craft the right strategy for your BYOD users.