Five Game-Changing Predictions for IT in 2014

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-31-2013 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Do you frequently find yourself trying to catch your breath in 2013? Then you may want to build up those pipes with some aerobic workouts because 2014 promises only more of the same. Cloud computing, mobile and social tech will continue to spin organizations on their heads, and those organizations which embrace a disruptive world with agile-management strategies will come out on top. This, of course, is where the CIO takes command. To get a sense of what's ahead, CA Technologies has produced the following "Top Five Predictions for 2014," along with best-practices recommendations as to how to take advantage. And while it may sound ironic, the company reveals that senior tech leaders will need to give something up (top-down "final word" authority) to get something (market dominance). "CIOs are getting more comfortable giving up control while providing an end-to-end service delivery model, tying in all the required elements and technologies to create an integrated user experience," says John Michelsen, chief technology officer for CA Technologies. "By focusing on delivering systems of engagement through mobility and relying more confidently on application performance management, IT is now moving more strongly into the role of a trusted advisor and service broker in this brave new world of dynamic IT." For more about the list, click here.

 
 
 
  • Prediction: The Customer Experience Rules

    Organizations will preach about the need for experience-first approaches that reach and successfully engage customers whether they are using a smartphone, tablet, smart TV, or wearable technology.
    Prediction: The Customer Experience Rules
  • Best Practice Recommendation: Form Highly Capable DevOps Teams

    These teams bring together developers and IT operations pros for software creation. They focus more on managing and securing mobile app and data and less on managing and securing the devices themselves.
    Best Practice Recommendation: Form Highly Capable DevOps Teams
  • Prediction: Stand and Deliver!

    Thanks to tech, consumers are armed with more information than ever. Barriers to entry will continue to crumble as a huge influx of competitors will hustle to deliver faster. And better.
    Prediction: Stand and Deliver!
  • Best Practice Recommendation: Get in the Agile Groove

    An agile IT department understands that social, mobility, cloud and DevOps are all blurring into one movement. Thus, traditional Information Technology Infrastructure Libraries (ITILs) are reconstituted, with their most valuable concepts extracted and adjusted.
    Best Practice Recommendation: Get in the Agile Groove
  • Prediction: An "APPetite" for IT will Fuel the API Economy

    No longer monolithic and hosted on a single platform, app development will continue to soar via rapidly evolving on-premise and cloud environments.
    Prediction: An
  • Best Practice Recommendation: Get Out of the Buy, Build and Manage Box

    Rigid, traditional models are outdated. Focus on composite business app acquisition through service-oriented architectures to achieve new levels of speed, performance and innovation.
    Best Practice Recommendation: Get Out of the Buy, Build and Manage Box
  • Prediction: Security Tops the Agenda

    The bad guys are always testing your security, especially with new opportunities created by BYOD and social media. Somehow, the cybercriminals stay one to two steps ahead of most security strategies.
    Prediction: Security Tops the Agenda
  • Best Practice Recommendation: Find the Right Balance

    Agile CIOs don't shut down the enterprise due to threats. Strive to both enable business while still protecting it. Keeping security simple for users—with automation on the back end—is one way to get there.
    Best Practice Recommendation: Find the Right Balance
  • Prediction: The Skills Crisis Will Reach a Critical Point

    Advancements in mobility, social and sensory technologies will only drive the currently high demand for top tech talent higher, especially in recruiting those with specialized and in-demand skills.
    Prediction: The Skills Crisis Will Reach a Critical Point
  • Best Practice Recommendation: Be Involved, Proactive

    Increase visibility in community-based development efforts, such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. You'll help cultivate up-and-coming talent, while making solid connections.
    Best Practice Recommendation: Be Involved, Proactive
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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