Perhaps one of the things that set the truly innovative, trend setting people apart from those that are always lagging behind, as late adopters, is the commitment to pay close attention to technology trends. There are always an abundance of new trends that are emerging in the market place. Cloud computing is one of them.
A recent survey which polled a broad base of subscribers, asked local and state governments about their future plans regarding migration to the cloud. The results of the survey indicated that there continues to be an increase of those considering the migration of some of their IT services to the cloud and including desktop virtualization infrastructure (VDI) solutions to help integrate data center and end-point systems with virtualization.
The data collected indicates that cloud adoption is going to continue among governments even if the economic climate declines. This is just one of many significant indicators that cloud computing migration continues to be a major trend to watch. Other studies indicate that the use of cloud services will also continue to be embraced by businesses of all sizes, as a major shift is taking place in how businesses acquire, manage, and maintain their software, hardware and their general computing capacity.
IT as a Service
On demand services will continue to increase as a result of the huge need businesses have to deploy new services quickly. "Hardware as a Service" (HaaS) and "Software as a Service" (SaaS) are making the rapid deployment of new services possible and creating a popular trend that some are referring to as "IT as a Service". The ability of a small or medium size company to gain quick and inexpensive access to dynamic software and technology without needing a big IT staff is remarkable.
Some experts are now suggesting that many jobs that have been outsourced to China, India and other countries are now returning to the U.S.. They suggest that this trend could continue to grow. A poster child of this movement is Lincolnton Furniture located in North Carolina which just reopened its factory. They have proudly announced that the re-opening of their factory will result in over 100 new jobs. This new trend that is being referred to as insourcing and reverse outsourcing, will potentially have a huge impact on employment opportunities in the U.S.
Fast Growing Big Data
Big Data is a term that describes the ability to make critical decisions rapidly through techniques and related technologies that enable the capture, interpretation and utilization of massive amounts of data. As streams of data on the internet continue to increase exponentially, high speed analytics via cloud services are being used to greatly improve traditional information management systems. With the explosive increase of data being made available through the internet, Big Data is certainly one of the emerging trends to keep an eye on.
Expanded Use of Smartphones
One of the emerging trends among consumers is the expanded use of Smartphones for virtually everything imaginable. People are increasingly counting on their Smartphones to integrate mobility into everything they do. People are doing their work at the office, at home and when they travel. Smartphones are making every aspect of our lives more mobile. These five technology trends are being watched closely by those that watch trends coming. The late adopters will eventually catch on as well.
About the Author
Jared Jacobs has professional and personal interests in just about everything related to technology. As an employee of Dell, he has to stay up to date on the latest innovations in large enterprise solutions and consumer electronics buying trends. Personally, he loves making additions to his media rooms and experimenting with surround sound equipment. Heâs also a big Rockets and Texans fan.