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Top Business Information Technology Trends 2013

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What makes your list of top technology trends this year and why?


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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
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(President & CFO, |

In certain respects, I think applications are moving to tablets and away from the desktop.

However, there are many and sundry security issues that surround that move that I don't believe are being addressed by many companies (end-users).

Sarah Jackson
Title: Associate Editor
Company: Proformative
(Associate Editor, Proformative) |

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Duane Lamoureux
Title: Managing Principal
Company: Lamoureux Consulting, LLC
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(Managing Principal, Lamoureux Consulting, LLC) |

Agreed, mobile is a big trend with lots of focus. Also continuing to grow are predictive analytics (using larger amounts of data) and cloud computing. These significant trends continue to change how we use and interact with technology. (All started before 2013.)

Topic Expert
Bob Scarborough
Title: CEO
Company: Tensoft, Inc.
(CEO, Tensoft, Inc.) |

The acronym some folks are using is SMAC - for Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud. Analytics would include big data (example:

Beyond that there is still the move toward self-service, consumerization of user interface, the fact that UI is now commonly UX, and the never ending trend of expecting more for less :)

The trends go fast enough for most companies and people that there are always projects from multiple generations of trends ongoing at any one time. Nothing has changed related to the core imperative though - you need to focus on what is useful for you, and what can be completed and supported in a business reasonable manner.

(Agent, JKS Solutions, Inc.) |

An emerging trend that might be a little early in the mainstream game is the management required resulting from leveraging the public cloud offers such as Amazon (AWS). Security is obviously high on the list under management, but there are plenty of other issues that develop after giving the credit card to AWS for infrastructure (IaaS). All infrastructure requires management whether it's on premises or in the cloud.

Mark Matheny
Title: VP - FInancial Planning and Analysis
Company: Novolex (formerly Hilex Poly)
(VP - FInancial Planning and Analysis, Novolex (formerly Hilex Poly)) |

Agree mobile is the big thing. Everybody wants to be connected but security is a concern as well as support. "Bring your own" only adds to the mix.

Jim King
Title: VP Finance
Company: Teksavvy Solutions Inc
(VP Finance, Teksavvy Solutions Inc) |

Mobile apps, migration to cloud-based solutions and flexible forecasting solutions that allow businesses to incorporate current and future M&A opportunities. Also, cash remains "King" and the banks continue to hold on to their old risk models which is preventing most SMB's from accessing much needed capital (without giving away a portion of the business to a VC).

Topic Expert
Bob Stenz
Title: Controller
Company: Silicon Valley start-up
(Controller, Silicon Valley start-up) |

Cloud based IT services from Amazon (AWS) certainly makes the list as well as a growing number of other cloud based services that solve specific problems (CRM, billing, payroll, T&E, equity, etc.). I'm feeling that the pendulum for a single ERP solution covering all financial processes has swung back to a best of breed ecosystem of vendors providing ERP related services. While this adds complexity, I’m welcoming the many benefits from these mostly cloud service providers.

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