Published on : Wednesday, December 11, 2013
In ‘The Australian IT Agenda in 2014’ report, Citrix explored what they think will be the big IT trends for the year ahead. The report finds that as the boundaries between personal technology and work technology blur, the flow-on effects to businesses are vast.
Citrix Labs vice president and Office Chair chief technology officer Martin Duursma said businesses will need to constantly adapt their IT infrastructure to cater for the changes.
Here are six key predictions for 2014 from the report.
1. Employees will drive the technology used
“Rather than employees connecting to the enterprise in 2014, the business will have to connect to the workforce,” Duursma said.
“With users keen to maintain ownership of their personal devices and data it will be critical that the information contained in personal applications does not break out to corporate applications on the device and vica versa. As such, this must be a key consideration for organisations when selecting the relevant mobile device management software.”
2. The desktop still has a place
The report found that despite the increase of mobile device use, businesses will still provide desktop facilities.
3. Integration of systems between businesses will boost
Businesses will enable third-party organisations and channel partners to integrate with their internal networks and the information they host, the report predicts.
This integration will be made possible through increased use of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions.
4. Big data used to better advantage
In 2014 businesses will increasingly focus on the value of the data information they have already collected.
5. Office design will shift to cater for mobile workers
The way employees use office spaces will shift in the year ahead, as businesses experiment with different ways of working tied with an increase in mobile device use.
As the boundaries between work and life become increasingly blurred, businesses will begin to design certain areas of their offices to accommodate changing working.
Areas for communication and collaboration, or quiet concentration spaces, will be key.
6. The cloud will get bigger
More businesses will shift their IT infrastructures to the cloud over the next year, the report predicts.
This will require business to enhance their knowledge of how cloud services operate and the connected technologies for maximum results.