What’s driving data in 2012?

    By: Mr. Adrian Bridgwater on Jan 03, 2012

    Everyone is busy (it seems) laying down predictions for 2012 and trying to provoke some informed comment on how our future IT landscapes will be shaped.

    My personal list of ‘positively disruptive’ technologies for the next half decade include:

    • mobile computing – including tablets here as well as smartphones… not forgetting laptops of course.
    • social media  - and its current migration into professional workplace environments as a collaboration tool (use cases include version control change management systems and more).
    • cloud computing – well, I had to mention that didn’t I?
    • consumerisation of IT – I’ll come back to this in a moment.
    • big data sets  - as we now experience exabytes and zettabytes quite commonly, what effect with these massive new data chunks have on the way we work?

    ISACA has recommended some methods to deal with some of these trends. If you are not familiar with ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association), the group was formed in 1969 to act a centralized source of information and guidance in the growing field of auditing controls for computer systems.

    According to ISACA, “Big Data is going to evolve out of its ‘shiny new object’ status in 2012. IT leaders will need to figure out how to coax order out of the chaos from all those zeroes and ones, as well as optimize ROI and manage data privacy.”

    On the consumerisation of IT – ISACA notes the following: The consumerisation of IT, marked by the invasion of employee-owned smartphones and tablet devices into the workplace, is predicted to be another major trend in 2012. Employees who use their own devices for work functions gain flexibility and can be more productive, but those devices are typically more difficult for IT to secure and manage.

    This is an open ended subject for sure, we will feature some of these themes in related articles within ISUG Technical Journal over the coming months.

    For now, let’s just take these thoughts on board and continue to dig deep into the data.


    Released: January 3, 2012, 6:17 am | Updated: March 22, 2014, 6:47 pm
    Keywords: Industry Trends News | Data Management




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