Forecast: Business Technology Trends in 2013

2013 promises to be a great year for business technology.  With IT spending on the rise, more and more businesses have begun to make use of new technologies, paving the way for innovation and invention in the new year.  To help you keep your business competitive and take advantage of best new technology in the industry, our team has compiled a short list of the biggest business technology trends we expect to see in the coming year.

1. Virtualization will move into the SMB market

Virtualization for SMBOver the last few years, virtualization has become relatively mainstream amongst enterprises  seeking to consolidate and simplify all of their IT management.  Smaller businesses, on the other hand, have been slow to catch on to this new trend, citing up front expenses as the main barrier to entry.  Another major factor is the unfamiliarity of this new technology; finding IT professionals with virtualization experience can be difficult, and many business owners may be intimidated by the idea of investing in this technology without more information.

Even with all of these challenges, we’ve started to see virtualization gaining popularity with SMBs over the last few years, especially in 2012.  Virtualization technology has matured, making it a much safer investment than it has been in the past, and more IT professionals are now familiar with the many benefits that virtualization can bring to the table.  With the potential to provide smaller companies with IT capabilities that were previously only available to enterprise level corporations, like improved security, reliability, disaster recovery, energy efficiency, virtualization is highly cost effective in the long run — especially for growing organizations that require a flexible, scalable IT infrastructure.

2. Mobility management will be a critical concern

As more an more organizations embrace mobile technology, the complexity of managing their employee’s mobile devices has increased dramatically.  Mobility management is a critical concern for any organization that employs remote workers and road warriors — especially those that employ Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies.

At present, not many organizations have a formalized Mobile Device Management (MDM) strategy in place.  That was acceptable in the past, but as the number of devices and applications on the market increases, so too do the potential maintenance, security and productivity issues that arise from the use of these devices.

Fortunately, there are plenty of MDM providers out there to help streamline your mobility management efforts.  With features like device tracking, expense management, remote wipe capabilities, and automatic updates, this technology makes it much easier to deploy software and applications across devices.

3. Cloud computing will change the way businesses approach IT

It’s already happening; according to a recent study by Savvis and Vanson Bourne, 3 out of 5 business and IT decision makers believe that owning and operating in-house IT infrastructure is a waste of time, money and resources.  According to Bill Fathers, the president of Savis:

“This study reveals a significant shift in the way organizations analyze and approach IT services. IT departments are now looking to strengthen collaboration, efficiency and competitive agility – and they’re turning to secure, outsourced environments and cloud computing to help meet their objectives.”

Cloud computing has the potential to improve collaboration and productivity in the workplace, improve security, and ultimately reduce the cost of IT maintenance and management.  While many businesses are still concerned about cloud security, we expect to see a dramatic increase in international cloud outsourcing in the next year, including a fresh wave of first-adopters.