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10 Predictions for 2014 from Novell

Bret Fitzgerald

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January 2, 2014 12:53 pm

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Road 2014

  1. A significant number of seasoned IT Executives will retire, change professions, or be replaced via outsourcing or technology – thus putting existing and known technologies in the hands of younger decision makers and more forward thinking staff and management -Dean Lythgoe, Director of Product Management, Collaboration Solutions
  2. The lines will continue to blur between consumer apps and corporate apps.  I.e. The corporate standard used to be MS Office for editing, but tools introduced for consumers are routinely used for business (such as Evernote or Google Apps).  These consumer tools will continue to pick up steam - Carey Olsen, Senior Product Marketing Manager
  3. Future Tools and Software solutions that have less features but does what majority of common users need will become more pervasive (i.e. Evernote) - Kai Reichert, Senior Product Manager Collaboration & Print Solutions
  4. The botched launch of Healthcare.org will spurn more concerns about regulations around healthcare information, resulting in a loss of confidence in IT tech in this space, pushing in a large scale, “knee-jerk” reaction to tech in healthcare that will start in US government, but spread to most modern economies and eventually find its way into healthcare organizations globally - Justin Strong, Senior Global Product Marketing Manager, Endpoint Portfolio
  5. The cloud will become more mature, more secure, and more cost-effective. But many organizations (and perhaps some specialized industries) will buck the trend, looking instead to reap the benefits of cloud models in on-premise solutions that offer them more control - Kari Woolf, Senior Global Product Marketing Manager, Collaboration Solutions
  6. Service Desk Admins will no longer be taking tickets – they will see the problems in advance and correct errors before the user notices, working towards actually delighting the workforce and having become harmonization czars - Julie Jones, Product Marketing Manager
  7. Wearable technology will see underpants hit the scene as enterprises exert and effort to encourage employees to get off their butts and do some work - McKay Brown, Director Product Marketing
  8. Personal health devices will explode and significantly empower individuals to monitor, maintain, communicate, and transfer their health status between health care providers and consumers - Dean Lythgoe, Director of Product Management, Collaboration Solutions
  9. As the trend for more streamlined collaboration tools grows, vendors will be able to meet end user demands not by replacing today’s collaborative models, but by producing apps that “boost” discrete capabilities within the products users already know - Kari Woolf, Senior Global Product Marketing Manager, Collaboration Solutions
  10. BYOD won’t be the hot topic that it was in 2013, but in 2014 it will become very real with more people using a personal device for work, in some way, than not–this will start a conversation around the value and viability of the “20th century” IT shop and the need for “IT to happen at the individual level” - Justin Strong, Senior Global Product Marketing Manager, Endpoint Portfolio

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