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5 Trends That Will Influence IT decisions in 2014

5 Trends That Will Influence IT decisions in 2014

Dell noted these 5 trends, including the explosion of data, cloud computing and the multitude of personal devices on the corporate network, as becoming fast changing the way organisations traditionally manage their business.

Monitoring these trends will help you and your business overcome the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that these trends may present.

1. One cloud does not fit all
In the past, most organisations jumped on the cloud computing bandwagon, adopting cloud services with no regard towards their company size or nature.

In 2014, businesses will realise that one cloud does not fit all. There will be more interest on the options available, including the type of cloud – public, private or hybrid, as well as how to ensure the security of data moving in and out of the cloud.

2. CYOD – Choose Your Own Device
An alternative mobility business model that Dell sees businesses exploring in 2014 is Choose Your Own Device (CYOD). CYOD bridges the gap between employee choice and CIOs’ need to manage and secure the organisation. It enables organisations to offer their employees a choice of a company-approved device with the appropriate security and standardisation. With CYOD, CIOs can easily manage the deployment of multiple device options with the right security configurations.

3. Moving beyond transactions to digital relationships with social media
Social media makes it easier for organisations to understand, connect and deliver to their target audience in more relevant and personalised ways. This real-time strategy is gaining popularity, especially since customers often have the best ideas and insights, being the end-users of various products and services.

Social media will continue to become more than a tool for companies in 2014 – it will become an extension of any brand and their relationships with their customers.

4. Big data analytics gets simpler to deploy
There is business opportunity to develop new analytical models and supporting tools to help organisations deal with big data and leverage analytics simply, and this will be more apparent in 2014. Options to leverage big data analytics will increase – from outsourcing data analytics to cloud-based service providers to purchasing simple data analytics start-up kits.

5. Security at the core of business strategy
Organisations will increasingly embrace a holistic strategy focused on connecting security to the infrastructure, information and applications that are critical to the organisation.
In this age of increasing risk, organisations can no longer have security as just a component of its IT strategy. Instead, they have to learn that security is very much the business strategy in 2014. The aim is to protect data wherever it resides – on the network, in the cloud, or on mobile devices.

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