By Vineet Jain Monday, 24 December 2012

Cloud gazing: Five tech trends for 2013

Tech heads! Desperate to know the five big themes that will dominate the technology industry next year? Vineet Jain, CEO of cloud storage firm Egnyte, has spotted these trends in his crystal ball.

Cloud gazing, or aeromancy as the hippies call it, now applies to technology - to innovations in the cloud. Here are the areas set to explode in 2013.

2013 is the year of the Six Million Dollar Man

I'm not literally suggesting that we're all going to become bionic weapons in human form. Biut we do have the technology to achieve things that would have been impossible even five years ago.  Next year, we will see the rise of a new generation of IT people. A class of IT pros who are as likely to have MBAs and product management pedigrees as they are to be gamers and nerds.

Save the world, one cloud solution at a time

Reduce, reuse, recycle is not just a mantra for plastics anymore. Enterprise companies are going to be focused on these three things: reducing costs and redundancies by using cloud solutions and reusing what they’ve already invested in. Why throw it away if you can cloud enable it?

Beam me up, Scotty

Gone are the days of year-long sales cycles, lengthy POCs and 12-18 month implementation plans. Enterprises will have to catch up to the craziness caused by BYOD, BYOW, and all the other acronyms that crowded 2012. And what’s more, IT will have to do so at warp speeds or get lost in the ether. Attention spans are shrinking and this, coupled with a do-it-yourself mentality has customers chomping at the bit for solutions, yesterday.

Enterprise is the new black

As Heidi Klum says about the fashion world: 'One day you’re in, and the next day you’re out' (well not totally). With consumer IPOs tanking, we’re going back to the basics, and enterprise software that’s designed to have a real ROI and business use is where it’s at.

It's a data revolution!

While some try to create borders, enterprises will try and remove them. In 2013, we’ll see a move to disaggregate data access from data location. Behind the firewall, third party cloud, public cloud, in the closet, under a bed, enterprises will want to control where the data lives, but want employees to do their work without worrying about accessing it.


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