2011 IBM Tech Trends Report Deep Dive
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There's been a lot of talk over the past couple of years amongst IT professionals around the world about the potential of cloud computing. However, looking at the numbers from the survey, smaller companies seem to be hesitant to adopt it. Looking at SME organizations with less than 1000 people, the most widely adopted cloud technology, at 31%, is storage. Even though the benefits of cloud infrastructures are now widely accepted, such as increasing flexibility and scalability in IT infrastructure, a few concerns remain which seem to be hindering a wider or more rapid adoption of cloud technologies. In particular, 62% of SMEs cite security as their major concern, followed by the compatibility of existing applications in the cloud at 50%. In order for cloud technologies to be the norm for enterprises worldwide, security needs to be assured, with today's perpetual threat of cyber-attacks.
When asked in what areas respondents believed mobile application development would surpass traditional application development, 71% answered “Consumer Apps”, while applications for small and medium sized businesses came in second at 44%. This is not surprising, considering the explosive growth in smart phones around the world. For businesses, however, some concerns need to be addressed before there can be widespread adoption of enterprise mobile applications. For larger enterprises, the top concern in mobile application adoption is security and privacy, followed closely by the cost of development for multiple mobile platforms. Meanwhile, when asked the same question in SMEs, the cost of development for multiple mobile platforms edges out others as the top concern, with security and privacy following closely behind.
Looking at social business, one concept that comes up over and over again is the dire need for collaboration. However, becoming a social business is not so simple, since it requires an organization to embrace sharing and transparency. By filtering the survey results to show the concerns of organizations that would like to to embrace social business to promote employee collaboration, the top three concerns are: 1) Security, Access Control and Confidential Data Management; 2) Fit with corporate culture; and 3) Adoption by employee/customer. At 68%, the concern of security and access control is the top and only technological concern. So, before employees can collaborate effectively within an organization using social business technologies, IT managers need to have a firm control over the flow of information.
So, whether you want to build a Smarter Planet by bringing your IT infrastructure to the cloud, using mobile technologies to increase your employees' access or your reach to customers, or expanding your organization's ability to collaborate by venturing into social business, you need to be able to manage security in these new channels. This is one area that all developers need to focus on when working with these new technologies.
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