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By Bob Violino

Deloitte's Tech Trend Picks for 2012

Geo-spatial VisualizationGeo-spatial visualization takes advantage of an explosion of geographical, location-aware data. Sources feeding this growth include new semi-structured data from mobile devices and the geo-tagging of existing enterprise structured data.

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Digital IdentitiesAs individuals take a more active role in managing their own digital identities, organizations look to create single digital identities that retain the appropriate context across the range of credentials.

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Data Goes to WorkOrganizations are finding ways to find value in and insight from both structured and unstructured data from internal and external sources. This is expected to complement but not replace long-standing information management programs and investments in data warehouses, business intelligence suites, reporting platforms and relational database experience.

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Measured InnovationMeasured innovation offers an approach to managing both IT and business by providing a pragmatic way to identify, evaluate and launch potential innovations, focusing on aligning opportunities to areas that can fuel disruption and create measurable, attributable value.

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Outside-in ArchitectureThe need to share is colliding with the need to know and shifting architectures away from a siloed, enterprise-out design pattern into an outside-in approach to delivering business through rapidly evolving ecosystems.

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Social BusinessThe rise of social media has paved the way for social business in the enterprise. This is leading organizations to apply social technologies on social networks to fundamentally reshape how business gets done.

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Hyper-hybrid CloudCloud-based and cloud-aware integration offerings are expected to continue to evolve, and many organizations face a hybrid reality with a mix of on-premise solutions and multiple cloud offerings.

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Enterprise Mobility UnleashedMobility is helping many organizations rethink their business models. With the explosion of mobile use cases, organizations should make sure solutions are enterprise class-secure, reliable, maintainable and integrated to critical back-office systems and data.

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GamificationSerious gaming simulations and game mechanics such as leaderboards, achievements and skill-based learning are becoming embedded in day-to-day business processes.

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User EmpowermentUser engagement remains a key doctrine for enterprise IT, with consumerization setting expectations for solutions built from the user-down, not the system-up.

This article was originally published on 12-16-2011