Welcome!

Big Data Journal Authors: Greg Ness, Roger Strukhoff, Elizabeth White, Carmen Gonzalez, Esmeralda Swartz

Blog Feed Post

Tech Trends in 2014: Actionable Insights For Your Career

By Ryan Fahey

There are many reasons to study tech trends, but one that really hits home is to consider the impact trends may have on your career.

Intense School recently spoke with Tracy Lenzner, founder and chief executive officer of LenznerGroup, a New York-based executive search firm, about this very subject. Lenzner is a thought-leader in the enterprise security, technology risk, privacy, and compliance arenas. Drawing from her 20+ years of recruitment experience across financial services, technology, healthcare, biotech, professional services, and the Internet space, Lenzner has some interesting perspectives about top trends.

What follows is an interview in which Lenzner comments on trends in the year that was, elaborates on trends for the year that is, and provides tips on how professionals and businesses can take full advantage of the trends that will unfold in 2014.

Q: Looking back at the year that was, what were some of the more prominent tech trends of 2013?

A: Last year marked an avalanche of game changers, from physical and digital worlds fusing, to tech innovation becoming mainstream by both business and consumers. At the same time, a nascent digital ecosystem increasingly became a platform for cyber criminals and terrorists around the world. As data breaches brought the U.S. and others countries much publicized and unwanted attention, network defenses proved vulnerable to a new breed of highly targeted and sophisticated cyber-attacks.

Q: In your opinion what are the Top 5 anticipated tech trends for 2014?

A: Cyber-security is now a global concern and key risk factor across most industries and organizations. 2014 marks a decade of major shifts within the tech and cyber security industry, fueled by Big Data, mobile, cloud computing, BYOD, and interconnected communities, bringing with it exponential change, complexity, advancement and risk.

According to Gartner’s recent IT Spending Forecast in 2014, IT spending will see a modest rebound to $3.8 trillion from 2013′s 3.7 trillion. Gartner predicts key IT spending will include:

  1. Gadgets—Device spending will increase to $697 billion from $669 billion.
  2. Big Data—Data center systems spending will rise to $143 billion from $140 billion.
  3. Global enterprise software spending will reach $320 billion from $300 billion.
  4. IT services spending will increase to $963 billion, compared to $922 billion from last year.

Based on the global IT spending forecast, world events, and cyber-trends, LenznerGroup’s top five InfoSec predictions are:

I. Consumerization—The cloud is expected to grow to $121 billion by 2015. Mobility, cloud, and BYO will dominate the technology and global marketplace. Security, interoperability, and user interface will be a major focus. Devices linked to Wi-Fi will be targets for exploitation, with Android and iPhone malware expected to rise. Digital security—and privacy to follow—will provide a new metric for products and services, and a competitive advantage or disadvantage.

II. ID and access management—Global awareness of data breaches, metadata, and advanced threats will require new encryption technologies, data classification initiatives, greater compliance, and enhanced controls. As consumers and organizations move to the cloud enterprise, there will be further dependence on apps. App quality and security access will become dominant, versus the device itself. Biometrics—voice, finger, and eye—will replace traditional passwords. Third-party cloud service providers (CSP), as well as provider relationships, will be scrutinized for their ability to safeguard data.

III. Enterprise collaboration—Enterprise software systems will continue to increase worldwide. Predictive analytics, data intelligence, and monitoring systems will be a tremendous growth market within the supply chain, as will front-end and embedded security systems. Software-defined everything is moving beyond technology, as organizations apply the concept to business models, including people, structure, and data.

IV: Global frameworks—New regulations, compliance, and risk frameworks, such as the new NIST Framework, will play a key role in most organizations. There will be a move from state privacy to federal privacy law. Consumer privacy, Internet law, education, and global policy will trend in-line with EU. In the U.S and sovereign nations, there will be serious discussion about updating rules of engagement concerning cyber-warfare, global policy, and related areas.

V. New delivery models—Established and start-up organizations will race to launch a range of new products and solutions, focused in-cloud security, mobile security, advanced threat detection, advanced behavioral detection, web and app security, to name a few. Security managed services will increase significantly this year, particularly as boards and companies seek 24/7 security operations, continuous monitoring, incident response, next-gen threat capability, and enterprise-wide strategy and delivery. Security domains [will] be established, with segregated and hybrid specializations among digital security professionals … Intelligent systems, aka “The Internet of Things,” will grow and create a major shift by year-end. Internet-connected devices will hit 25 billion by 2015 and reach 50 billion by 2020, predicts Cisco Systems’ Internet Business Solutions Group.

Q: How can IT/IS professionals and businesses best take advantage of these trends?

A: Today and [for the] foreseeable future, the transformation to centric interconnected systems, coupled with an emerging and advancing threat landscape, requires a highly trained, relevant, and secure workforce to protect us from today’s challenges and tomorrow’s unknowns. Resources to effectively identify, attract, train, and retain cyber-security leadership, management, and technical workforce remain limited, and will continue to escalate and [to be] sought worldwide.

Choose an area and become an expert across multiple venues, industries, and platforms. Keep expanding your qualifications and contributions, along with your CV. Regardless of your tenure, stay relevant and keep moving forward. Here are some absolutes: Stay abreast of your industry, including trends, business-technology changes, regulations, legislation and standards; meet business and technical leaders, peers, innovators, up and comers; mentor, become certified, earn an advanced degree or license; learn new technologies as well as skills to translate, communicate, and drive initiatives; become involved in projects, committees and media; implement new programs, systems, frameworks; be an enabler vs. a dinosaur. Set your plan; create a real-time strategy and goals. Continuously learn, grow, read, speak, write, collaborate, contribute… [G]et out there to meet, greet, and network with internal and external stakeholders – both in your personal life and career. At the end of the day, work harder, play, learn diplomacy, give back, and enjoy the journey.

As Lenzner explains, 2014 promises to be quite the journey for IT/IS professionals and businesses. Whether or not it’s a positive one, however, will depend on how they adapt to, and take advantage of, the trends.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Bob Gourley

Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.

@BigDataExpo Stories
Samsung promises to be one of the 800-pound gorillas of the IoT, if its success in recent years with Android devices and other consumer electronics is any guide. Showing its willingness to be a big IoT player, the company recently acquired SmartThings, a recent startup that's developed an open smarthome appliation that currently supports 1,000 devices and 8,000 apps. SmartThings will now work under the auspices of Samsung's Open Innovation Center (OIC). SmartThings Founder and CEO Alex Hawkinson...
The major cloud platforms defy a simple, side-by-side analysis. Each of the major IaaS public-cloud platforms offers their own unique strengths and functionality. Options for on-site private cloud are diverse as well, and must be designed and deployed while taking existing legacy architecture and infrastructure into account. Then the reality is that most enterprises are embarking on a hybrid cloud strategy and programs. In this Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Ashar Baig, Research ...
In her General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Anne Plese, Senior Consultant, Cloud Product Marketing, at Verizon Enterprise, will focus on finding the right mix of renting vs. buying Oracle capacity to scale to meet business demands, and offer validated Oracle database TCO models for Oracle development and testing environments. Anne Plese is a marketing and technology enthusiast/realist with over 19+ years in high tech. At Verizon Enterprise, she focuses on driving growth for the Verizon Cloud pla...
As Platform as a Service (PaaS) matures as a category, developers should have the ability to use the programming language of their choice to build applications and have access to a wide array of services. Bluemix is IBM's open cloud development platform that enables users to easily build cloud-based, creative mobile and web applications without having to spend large amounts of time and resources on configuring infrastructure and multiple software licenses. In this track, you will learn about the...
General Electric (GE) has been a household name for more than a century, thanks in large part to its role in making households easier to run. Starting with the light bulb invented by its founder, Thomas Edison, GE has been selling devices (“things”) to consumers throughout its 122-year history. Last week, GE announced that it is officially leaving that job to others. While the lighting division will stay, GE will now turn its attention to selling industrial machinery and analytics as a service t...
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, will discuss how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money! Speaker Bio: ...
How do you know when a technology has become mainstream? A good clue may be when politicians start talking about it on the campaign trail and with mainstream media. David Cameron, the UK prime minister, was the latest, indicating that the world was now on “fast-forward” with the Internet of Things (IoT) ushering in the new industrial revolution. No mention of IoT targeted at the masses would be complete without the clichéd example of the communicating fridge. While it is easy to get caught up in...
Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the resulting Internet of Things are leading us inexorably toward everything-as-a-service (XaaS). As more things get connected, the range of service opportunities expands. And as those services are presented online, they become available for use, re-use and re-purposing. At first thought, the idea of more connected devices suggests simply that there will be more devices around, and as such, more products for manufacturers to make and sell. That’s true, bu...
Samsung VP Jacopo Lenzi, who headed the company's recent SmartThings acquisition under the auspices of Samsung's Open Innovaction Center (OIC), answered a few questions we had about the deal. This interview was in conjunction with our interview with SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson. IoT Journal: SmartThings was developed in an open, standards-agnostic platform, and will now be part of Samsung's Open Innovation Center. Can you elaborate on your commitment to keep the platform open? Jacopo Lenzi: S...
Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity.
SAP is delivering break-through innovation combined with fantastic user experience powered by the market-leading in-memory technology, SAP HANA. In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Thorsten Leiduck, VP ISVs & Digital Commerce, SAP, will discuss how SAP and partners provide cloud and hybrid cloud solutions as well as real-time Big Data offerings that help companies of all sizes and industries run better. SAP launched an application challenge to award the most innovative SAP HANA and SAP ...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is going to require a new way of thinking and of developing software for speed, security and innovation. This requires IT leaders to balance business as usual while anticipating for the next market and technology trends. Cloud provides the right IT asset portfolio to help today’s IT leaders manage the old and prepare for the new. Today the cloud conversation is evolving from private and public to hybrid. This session will provide use cases and insights to reinforce t...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Verizon has been named "Gold Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and move society forward. With industry-specific solutions and a full range of global wholesale offerings provided over the company's secure mobility, cloud, strategic network...
SimpleECM is the only platform to offer a powerful combination of enterprise content management (ECM) services, capture solutions, and third-party business services providing simplified integrations and workflow development for solution providers. SimpleECM is opening the market to businesses of all sizes by reinventing the delivery of ECM services. Our APIs make the development of ECM services simple with the use of familiar technologies for a frictionless integration directly into web applicat...
The only place to be June 9-11 is Cloud Expo & @ThingsExpo 2015 East at the Javits Center in New York City. Join us there as delegates from all over the world come to listen to and engage with speakers & sponsors from the leading Cloud Computing, IoT & Big Data companies. Cloud Expo & @ThingsExpo are the leading events covering the booming market of Cloud Computing, IoT & Big Data for the enterprise. Speakers from all over the world will be hand-picked for their ability to explore the economic...
Cloudwick, the leading big data DevOps service and solution provider to the Fortune 1000, announced Big Loop, its multi-vendor operations platform. Cloudwick Big Loop creates greater collaboration between Fortune 1000 IT staff, developers and their database management systems as well as big data vendors. This allows customers to comprehensively manage and oversee their entire infrastructure, which leads to more successful production cluster operations, and scale-out. Cloudwick Big Loop supports ...
Software AG helps organizations transform into Digital Enterprises, so they can differentiate from competitors and better engage customers, partners and employees. Using the Software AG Suite, companies can close the gap between business and IT to create digital systems of differentiation that drive front-line agility. We offer four on-ramps to the Digital Enterprise: alignment through collaborative process analysis; transformation through portfolio management; agility through process automation...
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Bitium was founded by Kriz and Erik Gustavson. The 1,500 cloud-based application using Bitium’s analytics, app management, and single sign-on services include bug trackers, customer service dashboards, Google Apps, and social networks. The firm states website administrators can do multiple tasks online without revealing passwords. Bitium’s advisors include Microsoft’s former CMO and the former senior vice president of strategy, the founder and CEO of Li...
Things are being built upon cloud foundations to transform organizations. This CEO Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Roger Strukhoff, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo conference chair, will address the big issues involving these technologies and, more important, the results they will achieve. How important are public, private, and hybrid cloud to the enterprise? How does one define Big Data? And how is the IoT tying all this together?
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.