Latest Tech Trends on the CIOs Radar for 2013



Research firm Gartner recently announced the strategic technology trends that IT will most likely deal with in 2013. From the proliferation mobile devices to concerns over HTML 5, there are an increasing number of issues CIOs will be forced to contend with in 2013.


According to Gartner VP Daryl Plummer, "The priorities of CEOs must be dealt with by CIOs who exist in a still-turbulent economy and increasingly uncertain technology future."


Here are some of the major technology trends that will affect the enterprise most greatly in 2013.

According to Gartner, mobile devices will overtake PCs in 2013 as the most likely way employees will access the Internet. That will increase a company’s reliance on handsets and tablets, and force CIOs to determine which products are right for their employees.
Web development continue to evolve with new standards emerging. IT developers now focus on frameworks and standards such as HTML5 and rapid mobile app development methodologies.

Consumer data continues its migration from the desktop and personal devices to the cloud. CIOs recognize that sensitive corporate data moves to the cloud as well. That will demand employeeuse of enterprise supplied cloud solutions to help protect and secure this data.

Corporate app stores are becoming more popular. Gartner believes that by the end of 2013, most vendors will be delivering their applications through corporate stores. These stores will become more commonplace during the second half of 2013.
According to Gartner, IT computing  is transforming into a hybrid situation in which IT departments need to be able to handle both offline and cloud-based issues. Hybrid IT will grow in 2013.

Big Data continue rapid growth. Each day, organizations and individuals create nearly 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. This data generation rate produces so much data that nearly 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. This data for example comes from devices such as sensors used to gather climate information, posts to social media sites, digital pictures and videos, purchase-transaction records, and cell phone GPS signals.

Include information about who individuals are, what they read, when they are in a particular place, where they shop, why they buy and how they feel about public policy and you have a wealth of valuable Big Data. 

In 2013 analytics will continue to factor increasingly in IT budgets and project plans. Advanced behavioral analysis and correlation can deliver risk-based, prioritized, actionable insight to handle advanced persistent security threats.

Using big data analytics for network security requires monitoring and analyzing massive amounts of data to discover hard-to-detect, suspicious network activity to deter increasingly complex Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs).  These APTs are carried out patiently over time by professional cyber-thieves who maneuver around traditional defenses, such as firewalls, intrusion prevention and anti-virus software, to steal valuable or sensitive data.

However, using big data – the mountain of info on the order of petabytes typically captured from computer network log files, flow data, and IP traffic – is only a means to an end.  The goal is to turn that mass of information into risk-based, prioritized, actionable insight that can be used to improve network security now and into the future.  This includes meeting the challenges of new and evolving intrusion techniques.


In-Memory computing is now a requirement for analytics processing. Just ask Oracle and SAP. In 2013, IT decision-makers will increasingly rely on In-Memory computing to handle tasks and cruch the numbers togather intelligence more efficiently.

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Bill has been a member of the technology and publishing industries for more than 25 years and brings extensive expertise to the roles of CEO, CIO, and Executive Editor. Most recently, Bill was COO and Co-Founder of and the parent company PSN Inc. Previously, Bill held the position of CTO of both Wiseads New Media and