Cloud, consumerisation and more flexibility predicted for 2012

The consumerisation of enterprise technology and the increasing adoption of bring your own device (BYOD) corporate policies are set to be two of the main features of 2012.

The consumerisation of enterprise technology and the increasing adoption of bring your own device (BYOD) corporate policies are set to be two of thew main features of 2012.

The predictions of what next year holds have started to be issued by vendors and analysts with many talking about the changing corporate IT landscape as a major feature in the future.

TechMarketViews issued its predictions this morning highlighting both consumerisation and BYOD as two of the things it is expecting to continue to grow next year.

Richard Holway, chairman of TechMarketView, posted his thoughts about the year ahead on its daily news service highlighting the economy and the widening treatment that IT is a utlity as well as BYOD.

"Consumerisation of Enterprise IT is already an established trend but will become mainstream from 2012 providing huge threats and similarly huge opportunities. This will particularly apply to mobile, social and tablets," he wrote.

"Similarly, bring your own technology (BYOT) will also go mainstream. Enterprises supplying tech items such as mobiles, laptops etc to employees will become as uncommon as the supply of company cars.BYOT will spur major growth in security systems and in desktop virtualisation. However, supply and support channels will be adversely affected by the BYOT trend in much the same way as manufacturers and suppliers of company cars were affected in the last decade or so."

Others in the industry agree that things changing with Vineet Jain, CEO of Egnyte, highlighting tablets and cloud commuting as technologies and changing practices that will change working patterns.

"Because today's office doesn't have to be four walls and a water cooler. In fact, the cloud let's you sit in meetings, take calls, and read endless email strings you've been cc'd on just like you're in your cube," he said.

" Between cheaper tablets/mobile devices, better productivity apps, easy internet access and acceptance of the cloud as a part of the corporate infrastructure, employers and employees can save corporations time, money and resources, with the added bonus of saving the world by staying off the roads," he added.

Steve Ball, vice president and general manager for Hitachi Data Systems, said that resellers had to keep track of changes and add their value by being change consultants.

"To succeed over the next year, the channel must demonstrate their value to customers by clearly positioning themselves  as ahead of the curve and exhibiting an appreciation of growing trends like cloud consumption models.  The channel will need to develop deep vertical knowledge in order to guide their customers through regulatory changes and deliver information management solutions that help their clients to drive the maximum value out of their valuable data assets," he said.

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