IT Expected to Transition to 'Third Platform'

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 12-07-2012
Print this article  
IT Expected to Transition to 'Third Platform'

IT Expected to Transition to 'Third Platform'

90% of the growth in the IT sector will be driven by the third platform between 2013 and 2020.

According to new research from IDC, the IT world will transition to what’s being called the “third platform” in 2013. Comprised of mobile computing, cloud services, social networking and big data analytics, the third platform encompasses practically all that today’s IT decision-makers care about. Ironically, the third platform might even be what the majority of folks on the business side most care about.

It’s easy to see why the third platform is so important. Devices like smartphones, tablets and eReaders are increasingly entering the corporate world as companies see them as viable options to keep employees working even when they’re not in the office. The cloud is yet another opportunity for companies to take advantage of the so-called “live-to-work” mentality permeating the world. Nowadays, work can be done anywhere and everywhere. If it weren’t for the growth of the third platform, many companies wouldn’t be as productive and profitable as they are now.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.


Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
eWeek eWeek

Have the latest technology news and resources emailed to you everyday.