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Cloud, Mobile, Social and Cyber: 2015 Predictions That Will Rock The World (AGAIN!)

Transformation Infrastructure

By pwsadmin | September 26, 2020

Hybrid IT enables a composable infrastructure which describes a framework whose physical compute, storage, and network fabric resources are treated as services. Resources are logically pooled so that administrators need to physically configure hardware to support a specific software application, which describes the function of a composable architecture. This type of transformative infrastructure is foundational…

Essential Characteristics of Cloud Computing as Digital Transformation

By pwsadmin | September 25, 2020

A survey of 2,000 executives conducted by Cognizant in 2016 identified the top five ways digital transformations generate value:      Accelerating speed to market      Strengthening competitive positioning      Boosting revenue growth      Raising employee productivity      Expanding the ability to acquire, engage, and retain customers   Digital transformation is also a cultural change. Cloud Computing as Digital Transformation Since cloud…

Embrace Transformation

By pwsadmin | September 22, 2020

From a business perspective, differentiating business processes and quality customer service are central to overall success. Business leaders must therefore clearly identify and measure how information technology contributes to the value of every key business process. They must also know how to most cost effectively use IT when the task is merely the management of…

Computer Vision Advances Zero-Defect Manufacturing

By pwsadmin | July 25, 2020

by Kevin L. Jackson Electronics manufacturers operate in a challenging environment. It’s hard enough to keep up with the ever-accelerating rate of change in the industry. Now customers want increasingly specialized product variations in less time and of higher quality. Meeting this demand for increased product variation can seriously impact the bottom line. Such variability increases…

Real-Time Analytics Power the Roadway of the Future

By pwsadmin | July 25, 2020

By Kevin L. Jackson The complexities of citywide traffic are pushing the limits of existing transportation management systems. Outdated infrastructure is based on proprietary, single-purpose subsystems, making it costly to acquire, operate, and maintain. And current roadways are simply not prepared for the future of autonomous vehicles. Enter the SPaT Challenge, an initiative encouraging cities and…

Thriving on the Edge: Developing CSP Edge Computing Strategy

By pwsadmin | March 6, 2020

Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are facing significant business model challenges. Referred to generally as edge computing, the possibilities introduced by the blending of 5G networks and distributed cloud computing technologies are redefining how CSPs operate, partner, and drive revenue. A new Ericsson Digital whitepaper entitled, “Edge computing and deployment strategies for communication service providers,” addresses these challenges…

SourceConnecte! Marketplace With A Mission

By pwsadmin | March 6, 2020

Earlier this year, GC GlobalNet launched a new breed of B2B e-commerce sites. Curated by Kevin L. Jackson, SourceConnecte (with an “e”) went live with three strategic goals in mind: Efficiently leverage modern social media technologies to facilitate value-based interactions between enterprise buyers and vetted suppliers; Establish a protected interactive environment capable of supporting high-value B2B e-commerce negotiations…

Potential vs. Reality: Is Edge Computing Real?

By pwsadmin | January 19, 2020

Edge computing provides compute, storage, and networking resources close to devices generating traffic. Its benefits are based on an ability to provide new services capable of meeting stringent operational requirements by minimizing both data latency and the need for bandwidth. Based on Google trend data, searches for the term has also grown substantially over the…

Enabling Digital Transformation

By pwsadmin | December 22, 2019

Digital transformation integrates technology into all areas of an organization’s business or mission. Its fundamental purpose is to create and deliver innovative and industry-changing products and services to a global customer base. This outcome requires the seamless two-way flow of data and information between internal business processes and external processes that interact with customers, business…

The ThinkShield Story Part 1: The Challenge

By G C Network | October 24, 2019

The cybersecurity challenge seems to be growing daily. Threats are becoming more sophisticated, and attacks are becoming more destructive while the corporate world’s response seems to resemble a deer in headlights. Recent examples of this dangerous state of affairs include[1]: A data breach of a US Customs and Border Protection surveillance contractor that led to…


2015 PREDICTION TIME!!
The worlds of cloud, mobile, social and cyber will continue expanding, permuting and recombining. Their individual effect on society and commerce will become moot as these technological capabilities merge to deliver products and services straight out of Star Trek!

  • Rise of the “Cloud System Integrator” (a.k.a. Cloud Service Broker– Traditional system integrators will finally realize that their current product and labor based business model is about to go the way of the dinosaurs. Customers will act on market shifts that makes the purchase and resale of hardware and software no longer viable opting instead for the integration of cloud-based services. They will insist on the use of more agile commodity IT services in the development of their custom systems of record.
  • Privacy will be more important than security – Expect the national debate about data privacy to escalate into a new national law that defines privacy and provides cloud users new protections from data brokers. Identity will be the new security perimeter for consumers of cloud services. As the United States Department of Homeland Security rolls out Phase II of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program, multinational corporations across all industries will take notice. 
  • Wearables will become the most impactful mobile device – BYOW will replace BYOD as the primary concern of enterprise IT managers.
  • Linux Containers take center stage – Linux Containers of all forms, will mature and become interoperability building blocks of the cloud computing world. The Microsoft-IBM Cloud Computing Alliance will be model as other IT behemoths partner to take down Amazon Web Services.
  • Hybrid IT grows in the enterpriseHybrid IT will grow in importance as enterprises realize that the exclusive use of private IT infrastructure is no longer a sustainable practice. Membership in industry specific community clouds will accelerate as public cloud security is improved and SLAs are enhanced to meet new government IT security standards and requirements.

  • Social Media takes over – Social media will usurp other forms of marketing to become the leading tool for influence marketing and initial customer contact. Today the average Fortune 100 brand has 320 social media accounts. This will grow and the social media marketing trend will spread down into the SMB market. As cloud enabled social media analytics grow in importance, the Chief Marketing Officer will become the leading internal stakeholder and voice in directing IT requirements.
  • International Cyber Security Regulations – The lack of mandatory cyber security requirements in the commercial sector will rise to threaten national economic stability as hackers expand their activities and ability to disrupt commerce on a global scale. International political bodies will finally tackle the need for global agreements on data privacy and security
  • Data center marketplace disruption – The data center marketplace will experience severe disruption as global cloud service providers start to deploy offshore mega data centers. Driven by reduced energy cost and a more tractable legal environment, onshore data centers will be downsized into regional “data caching centers”.
  • Healthcare gets REALLY personal – Drastic reduction in the cost to sequence DNA will spur a rapid rise in personalized medicine and an adjacent requirement for real-time health monitoring. Wearable computing devices will be miniaturized and implanted as a means for addressing this new market.
  • Autonomous vehicles become commonplace Autonomous vehicles will become a normal roadway and airway fixture as broadband wireless connectivity, advanced geospatial services and on-board computer processing power increases their capabilities and reduces their cost. Legal concerns will also take center stage. The use of airborne drones, for instance, will bump upagainst privacy concerns as neighbors start to spy on neighbors.
  • 3D Printing comes home – Additive manufacturing will come home as a household appliance. Business models that incorporate the cost of 3D printers into home mortgages or long term leases will revolutionize certain product market segments. Online shopping, purchase, and the digital delivery of physical products will become a reality
  • Atoms and Bits blur reality – Business models that blur the boundaries between atoms and bits, like Uber and AirBNB, will continue to challenge municipal laws and regulations. Local licensing of taxis, hotels and similar businesses will implode under the weight of digital transformation. Regional and national courts around the world will try to balance competing priorities but time will be their enemy.
2015 will also be a time of turmoil and retrospection as nefarious and evil forces leverage the power of technology against civil society. While we must all be wary of this double edge sword, lets us not fear the future but embrace the responsibility we all share.

(This post was written as part of the Dell Insight Partners program, which provides news and analysis about the evolving world of tech. To learn more about tech news and analysis visit TechPageOne. Dell sponsored this article, but the opinions are our own and don’t necessarily represent Dell’s positions or strategies.)

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