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3 Biggest IT Trends of 2013

There’s never a month, let alone a year, without changes in the IT industry. So what should you expect from 2013?

More Phones!!!
Yes- that’s right! Sometime in the next year, smart phones will overtake PCs as the number one way of connecting to the internet. So you are probably wondering, what does this mean for my business? It mean employees will increasingly use tablets and phones to complete work tasks. As this process is becoming more popular, the lines can sometimes be blurred, therefore, IT managers should ensure they have made sufficient preparations and put policies in place to be ready for these changes meaning the business impact is minimal. 
Standardised software won’t be as easy to enforce in the next twelve months, since competition between the three major mobile operating systems is fierce, and neither Apple, Google or Microsoft look like adopting their competitors’ OS or products. The engagement of mobile devices into corporate life will be accelerated by web-based apps that allow users to work from anywhere and store their data on the cloud.
IT departments should be ready to begin supporting multiple operating systems and be formulating sensible and secure policies around practices that businesses and staff will inevitably require to deal with the shift in technologies and processes.


Cloud Storage
Storing your information on remote servers and accessing it either through the internet or private networks is nothing new. But 2013 might be the year you decommission the server and make the move to cloud. It makes sense to outsource at least some of your storage needs to the cloud as the need in businesses for more storage increases and budgets get tighter.
In order to deliver these cloud based solutions, businesses and IT departments will need to enlist the help of a suitable managed IT service provider. Every business has differing needs with the cloud, some have non-sensitive data that can be stored publically whilst others may need a stable, private network to fulfill their objectives. 

A managed service provider will help a business to assess their own needs, and determine how best to use a combination of public and private cloud services as an extension of their own IT department. With managed services, a company can select the pressure points that need additional skills and support, the level of assistance they receive, the manner in which this assistance is delivered (be it helpdesk, remote or on-site) and a choice of payment methods to best suit the company.
Additionally, managed services offers a proactive approach to IT through live system monitoring which allows the service provider to identify any potential problems which may arise, and remedy them through maintenance before they become an issue and have an impact on the business. This eradicates system downtime, and the costs and demands on resources are decreased.


Big Data
The next year will see a shift in the way organisations and their IT departments think about and deal with data. The focus will shift from data for individual projects to questions of the overall shape, type and amount of a company’s data, and how it can be arranged, analysed and stored to best serve their business.