10 Business IT Trends for 2012
2011 was a big year for mobility and social networking, with cloud computing also moving into the spotlight. So what can we expect for enterprise technology next year? Companies using IT to do more with less, an increasing embrace of cloud computing, and the continued dominance of big vendors like IBM and Oracle, says Nucleus Research. "More users, more devices, and more automation are driving big data, and most companies are just scratching the surface of what they can accomplish," says Rebecca Wettemann, vice president of research for Nucleus. "Data appliances are continuing to evolve, and we’ll likely see more innovations from in-memory computing and cloud technologies that open the benefits of big data to all." Companies will continue to invest in technology to drive bottom-line growth. "Rather than invest in hiring, retaining, and potentially paying the costs of laying off staff, companies are choosing to invest in technology to improve customer service and support, analyze data for better decision making, and generate more productivity from the employees they still have."