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Major Changes Ahead for Connected Enterprises

January 31, 2014

The year 2014 will be one of major changes when it comes to connected enterprises and communications. Consider just the single category of the Internet of Things (IoT), which is related to growing field of machine to machine (M2M) communications.

Even the recent 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show highlighted the growth in the IoT sector. Also, more devices will get connected during the coming year, as IoT expands. There will be more connected enterprises and homes. Cars, cities and devices will be connected, too. IoT also will include wearable technology – which will integrate with mobile devices through apps. With IoT, Gartner predicts that by 2020 there will be more than 200 billion connections, compared to 50 billion connections in 2011, according to Channel Partners Online.

Similarly, it was predicted by Mobeen Khan, executive director, Mobility Marketing at AT&T Business, that demand for high-speed devices will increase, with more 4G LTE devices being used in M2M applications. He added that security soon will become a top priority with M2M.

Social media is another area for growth in the enterprise. Employees will use social media for work-related chat, collaboration and discussions, according to a report from Tangoe. Enterprises will also see more need for social media management, the report adds. It is also noteworthy that more than 71 percent of users now employ mobile to access social media, according to the Adobe 2013 Mobile Consumer Survey. By 2017, some 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies will have an active social community, IDC said.

More growth in the enterprise will be seen in the cloud, too. Businesses will spend 25 percent more on cloud services in 2014, and that amount will total $100 billion this year. The cloud services will include cloud computing, services, software and storage. Also, data centers will increase, too.

Also, enterprises will need to measure OTT (over-the-top) transactions. That means measuring which OTT apps are in use, how they are used, and patterns of use.

Bring your own device is another element increasingly found in enterprises. BYOD programs are doubling and tripling the size of the mobile workforce, Gartner said.  BYOD is supported by two-thirds of businesses – a number that will likely increase in coming years. A similar initiative is choose your own device (CYOD) – where employees can select their own gadgets from a portfolio offered by a business.

In addition, big data options are likely to increase in 2014. Ron Bodkin, CEO of Think Big Analytics, wrote in SiliconAngle that increased options are available to businesses on big data. Big data initiatives "need to start small so that value can be extracted and business sponsors can be engaged," Bodkin said, reported an article from Attunity. Analytics and moving data between environments are both important in the big data sector. This means data replication tools, such as change data capture (CDC) solutions, are vital, too. Bodkin adds there will be an over-supply of solution providers. Businesses therefore need to selective in reviewing the analytics market, the report said.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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