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2011 IT Trends for the Asia Pacific Region

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
2011 trends

Information Technology continues to dictate business technology as well as social communication. At the start of each new year, it is ambitious to undertake a ‘trend list’ of the most likely events to happen in the following twelve months, especially in the highly innovative and cutting-edge scenario that Information Technology is today. An end-ofthe- year appraisal, however, is sure to help put things more into perspective.

Topping the list of must-happen IT trends is Cloud Computing. The versatility and robustness of this technology has never been put to rest since the first instances of its mention, from the middle of the last decade. Though 2010 was the expected year of deliverance, there remain several aspects that need to be plugged entirely for it to occupy mass usage, such as how social media networking has suddenly loomed to life in the past three to four years. But there is no doubt that it is the technology of the tomorrow. Several Chief Information Officers are sitting tight on their cloud-enabled applications and related innovations, just waiting for cloud computing to reach sustainable penetration.

2011 will remain a prolonged gestation period for Cloud Computing, as all the aspects are fine-tuned. The concerns about security, integration to virtual systems, processing and interoperability are in beta stages, and these are sure to emerge as the technology innovations of 2012.

Business Intelligence turns to Mobile analytic reports for decision-making

Another IT trend likely to go through gestation (emerging as early as 2015) is the collaborative use of mobiles for analytics of businesses to reach the decision makers. Presently in its inception stages, this year is going to see collaborative analytics zoomaugmented by problem solving by adopting the iterative goal-seeking principle to find hidden information. Yet it will require proper process to fall into place to navigate the endless analytics, reports, workflows and other processes to be used in collaboration.

HTML 5 to trend Web applications for devices

The new kid on the block, HTML 5 is expected to rewrite web designing for devices. HTMLs powerful video playback, inline editing of documents, capability for data storage at the client end, and drag and drop capability technology will generate a whole range of mobile applications enabled for multiple devices.

Cloud-based services to be the mainstay of Telecom giants

While not all of the telecommunication giants will be able to migrate to the cloud computing platform, the majority of them will adopt it. They will not be fully enabled for the cloud technology but will have deployed most of their processes to it. They will begin with hosting the infrastructure for small or medium businesses with their SaaS suite of services. But the growth will be in telecom companies, and the completely enabled cloud computing enterprises are converging to offer unique backup solutions (off-site), better capacity, as well as increased productivity.

Collaborative document editing echoes instant messaging revolution

There is a new real-time editing option soon to be available for large enterprises that will allow multiple users of a document to be able to edit as well as approve them for faster processing. Users of this application in workgroups have found that results in real-time collaborative editing of a document will work on similar lines as instant messaging. Before instant messaging, e-mail was the tool used for internal communications as well. The cycles of these mails were time consuming and included logistic delays. Then came instant messaging and communication, and the corporate world saw how easy it was to adapt to realtime messaging. The same is being expected from CODE, where documents that require approval and use by several participants can be worked on in collaboration to ensure that the document editing is in real-time in easy-to-use technology.

New social media, network access are vulnerable to security risks

The newer and the faster technologies are causing a lot of concern where information security is concerned. A lot of personal information available on these media and the constant updating often gives rise to innumerable incidents like the now infamous theft following a ‘going away on vacation’ post. But the focus of the discussion here is to highlight that information security is of paramount importance in 2011, considering the reach of constant internet access and the over-zealous information spouting new social media.

Another reason why information security needs to be a well developed technology is because of the growing trend of streaming analytics to mobile devices. Here again, sensitive data and information is accessed, assessed and analyzed on a presently loose platform like 3G etc. The present breed of mobile devices is using this network and the presence of Bluetooth devices for data exchange risks further invasion of the security of such data.

Convergence technology to boost greater IT growth

Technology innovations in hardware are driving the IT revolution. With each new hardware innovation that is developed, there are a million minds adapting them for consumption. Be it the micro chip or the latest processor chip by a leading manufacturer, there is convergence between the hardware and the software that gives rise to devices, with enhanced capabilities that improve processes in business or have a trickle-down effect in some part of our lives. The convergence of hardware and software impacts not just the information technology world but most aspects of life.

Consumerization of IT

Experts involved in innovating technology to process information are fast finding that the application of such innovation consumerism. Economists are developing is bringing in a new trend known as IT theories on this new IT offshoot, which is certain to become a goliath in the coming year for Information Technology, spreading through the pervasiveness of social media networking and network access devices.

The implications to IT enterprises are that they will no longer be able to firewall their processes and will have to enable multiple access formats for their employees and the growing trend for ‘work from home’ options. High technically skilled personnel working on critical productions are today opting for telecommuting as it not only enhances their productivity but also contributes to the overall development of the individual. The need of the hour for enterprise IT is to allow smart access to corporate networks, access to sensitive data through unsecured networks and increasing adapting of work processes for mobile and hand-held devices.

These are some of the brilliant technology trends that are waiting to be developed and delivered to people and enterprises that will use them to build something more innovative and more challenging, constantly pushing at furthering innovation to achieve Information Technologies that have not yet even been dreamt of.

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