5. Mobile/Social First in the Enterprise: Companies will start to build applications not just with mobile/social platforms in mind, but primarily for mobile/social platforms, with traditional platforms secondary or not supported at all. Consumerization will accelerate as we see the end of resistance from the enterprise embracing the rich, immersive user experience consumers are used to from mobile applications. In parallel, the management of mobile/social IT will become less about managing and securing the devices themselves, and more about managing and securing the mobile applications and mobile data, all while preserving the user experience.
Runner Up - The Rise of DevOps is Imminent: Intelligent computing in every piece of equipment in the world today is driving the world towards environments that are becoming so complex that operations needs to be taken into consideration before the first line of code is written. As the move to agile brings developers, testers, and business closer together, we see DevOps driving the rise of experience-led design. The CIO will be less worried about managing devices and more concerned with managing apps. As services are moved to the cloud, consumers will be less interested in monitoring infrastructure themselves. DevOps will necessitate the reconstitution of traditional frameworks like ITIL, extracting their most valuable concepts and adjusting them for modern, agile development. In this reality, cloud, mobility, and DevOps are becoming one movement.
"In 2013, IT will drive business competitiveness. CIOs need to achieve an end-to-end service delivery model, tying in all the required elements and technologies to create an integrated user experience. To stay relevant, CIOs will function as Business Service Innovators and Integrators, managing diverse services and service aggregations that differentiate business offerings," said Victor Cheng, vice president, Asia South, CA Technologies. "IT must begin to act as a trusted advisor, service broker and as quality assurance in this brave new world of complex IT."
The proliferation of smart mobile devices and BYOD, cloud computing, Big Data and security have brought a new level of complexity. Historically, technology was transactional and IT defined. However, in this networked world, technology is evolving beyond simply enabling operations to being a truly intelligent driver of business innovation.
More than ever before, IT is so well primed to begin its transition from technology ownership and management to becoming the broker of business services. As SaaS, PaaS and IaaS provide turnkey, infrastructure-less access to compute capacity, IT will increasingly focus on composite business applications-rather than the buy-build-manage model-to achieve new levels of speed, innovation, performance and cost/risk efficiencies.
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