When it comes to tech trends for the next 12 months, Enterprise Conversation readers report that they are most interested in investigating mobile unified communications (UC) tools and data encryption, among other new IT initiatives.
Those results are based on EC's latest weekly poll -- Under Consideration for 2013 -- which was inspired by a recent blog post about IT trends for 2013 called Cloud Security, Data Management, Encryption: Stealth Trends for 2013. About 35 readers participated in the flash poll.
While mobile UC and data encryption topped the list, the results showed that readers are concerned about and interested in a mix of different technologies. For example, an almost equal number of participants picked datacenter management software, which is fairly established, as did machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies, which is just starting to take hold.
Mobile UC is one issue that has come to the forefront for our readership in just the past few months. The need for better and more robust communication, coupled with the desire of employees to use their own devices for work, is making IT rethink or at least consider mobility as part of the company UC plan. There is also a drive to incorporate more video to take advantage of tablets. Meanwhile, large-scale videoconferencing deployments, with their associated cost and maintenance, are on the decline. (See: Videoconferencing Is at a Crossroads .)
Data encryption, another issue that rose to the top of the list, is not a new security technology, but one that IT departments are starting to look at more closely to ensure that data remains unreadable even if cybercriminals find their way into the network. The issue of encryption also featured prominently in a recent Kaspersky Lab report.
Another issue is datacenter management, which blogger Leigh Carpenter wrote about in a November post: Datacenter Control: One Management Pane to Rule Them All. Here, the issue goes straight to IT and the management of a new types of heterogeneous datacenters, where the challenge is getting insight and control of a number of different environments running on platforms from various vendors.
Here's how the EC poll broke down among the seven choices offered to readers (more than one choice can be selected):
- Mobile UC: 49 percent
- Data encryption: 36 percent
- Datacenter management software: 36 percent
- M2M technology: 31 percent
- Multifactor and biometric authentication: 28 percent
- IPv6 migration: 19 percent
- Other: 3 percent
The EC poll on 2013 tech trends remains live on the website and readers can continue to vote and leave additional comments.