Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Review of 2012 and Trends to Watch in 2013


Paula Hane's article in ITI's newsletter NewsBreaks provides valuable information on important technology trends in 2012 and an insight into what to expect for 2013. Here is a brief overview:

Hot Topics in 2012

Looking Ahead to 2013

  • Apple versus Google versus Facebook versus Amazon—battling on hardware and search (“The Lines Between Software and Hardware Continue to Blur”)
  • Battle of the mobile devices (Apple iOS, Google’s Android, Microsoft Windows)
  • Intelligent objects—The Internet of Things
  • More predictive personalization
  • Expansion of peer power
  • Growth in open source innovation/problem solving (e.g., more installations of Solr)
  • Expansion of cloud computing and thus a greater need for security and data center redundancy (outages are much more a problem than data breaches)
  • Work anywhere
  • More Big Data (as one search technologies expert said, “There’s plenty of hype around big data, but underneath there are compelling applications to be implemented which combine the best of enterprise search and business insight technologies.")
  • Publishers will use metadata in more sophisticated ways
  • Publishers will still grapple with testing new business models—library pricing, subscription models, DRM-free sales, etc.
  • Companies will increasingly have to deal with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) issues
  • Looking forward to Microsoft Surface Pro with full version of Windows 8
  • Enterprises may choose to bypass Windows 8 (because of interface issues) and wait for “Windows 9”
  • Anticipated launch of “iPad 5” and “iPhone 6”
  • Anticipated next Android launch—“Key Lime Pie”
  • More sales of near-field-communication (NFC) enabled mobile devices—and adoption of customizable NFC tags
  • Biometric security becoming more prevalent
  • T-Mobile targets AT&T customers
  • More publisher consolidation
  • Consumers with content stored in the cloud may encounter problems when they want to move to another provider
Read the full article here