Here at Fast Track, lots of us are concerned with technology, so when research analyst firm Gartner released its list of 2013-2016 predictions via CIO Magazine, I thought it might be useful to highlight the ones with the most relevance to us. Cheers to the future, which is already here!
- IT hiring in major Western markets will come predominantly from Asian-headquartered companies enjoying double-digit growth. An increasing number of successful Asian companies, particularly from China and India, will be responsible for major hiring of IT professionals to support their growth at a time when Western companies will still be coping with the impact of the economic crisis.
- Employee-owned devices will be compromised by malware at more than double the rate of corporate-owned devices. Enterprises that adopt BYOD initiatives should establish clear policies that outline which employee-owned devices will be allowed and which will be banned.
- European Union directives will drive legislation to protect jobs, reducing off-shoring by 20 percent through 2016. Opportunities will be created for firms to invest further in lower-cost parts of Europe, or in areas within their domestic location, where costs may be lower.
Extracting the Value of Big Data
- Big data demand will reach 4.4 million jobs globally, but only one-third of those jobs will be filled. The challenge lies in the fact that enterprises need people with new skills -- data management, analytics and business expertise and non-traditional skills necessary for extracting the value of Big Data, as well as artists and designers for data visualization.
- 40 percent of the Global 1000 organizations will use gamification as the primary mechanism to transform business operations. Gamification addresses engagement, transparency of work, and connecting employees' actions to business outcomes. Companies apply feedback, measurement and incentives, the same techniques that game designers use, to keep players interested and to achieve the needed engagement for the transformation of business operations.
Mobile Device Collaboration
- 40 percent of enterprise contact information will have leaked into Facebook via employees' increased use of mobile device collaboration applications. According to Gartner, while many organizations have been legitimately concerned about the physical coexistence of consumer and enterprise applications on devices that interact with IT infrastructure, there has been little discussion about the underlying technologies that permit transfer of information between legitimate enterprise-controlled applications and consumer applications.
When it comes to talent acquisition, skill development, in-house technology usage, and IT issues in general, what do you see coming down the pike? What is critical to focus on now so that we can be adequately prepared for the future?