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By Ruth Cheesley, Director of Virya Technologies
From the demise of the network provider to the rise in influence of ‘social signals’ and open source solutions, technology expert Ruth Cheesley, founder of Virya Technologies, reveals her top predictions for how technology will influence businesses in 2013. Continue readingGoogle+
By Christopher Barnatt, Associate Professor of Computing & Future Studies at Nottingham University Business School and the author of ‘A Brief Guide to Cloud Computing ‘(2010) and ‘25 Things You Need to Know About the Future’ (2012). His latest book, ‘Seven Ways to Fix the World’ was published in Sept 2012.
With the initial flurries of disbelief and mania out of the way, cloud computing is now starting to settle. For many businesses the benefits in terms of cost and levelling the playing field are clear, with adoption steadily proceeding. However, it is also already evident that the next generation of cloud developments will be about more than saving money and improving collaboration by migrating e-mail and office apps to the Internet.
For start, many Big Data solutions are likely to be cloud-centric. Big Data generates value from the storage and processing of very large quantities of digital information that cannot be analyzed with traditional computing techniques. In practical terms, Big Data is therefore all about understanding customers better and using this information to increase personalization, improve logistics, and reduce waste. Continue readingGoogle+
By Amber Hayward, Senior Marketing Manager for Intuit Pay
As the New Year gets underway in earnest, technology, business and consumer commentators alike are busy identifying their picks for the dominant industries of 2013.
One trend that all agree on is that 2013 will see an explosive growth in the value and importance of mobile technology, as it opens both new markets and new channels for profitability. Continue readingGoogle+
By Jon Worley, Director of Customer Interactions from The Logic Group
2012 was a tough year for the high street, with retailers struggling to drive sales and many high street stores shutting their doors permanently. By contrast, the online high street saw resilient growth. In fact, the latest figures of the annual IMRG e-Retail Sales Index have revealed that online sales in November are up 18 per cent from last year as the festive rush has encouraged consumers to reach into their digital pockets. So 2012 was a year of “Bricks vs. Clicks” but what will drive retail this year? Continue readingGoogle+
By Centralis CTO Peter Wilkins, CTO of Centralis
With the April 2014 end-of-life deadline for Windows XP looming, 2012 saw many organisations on the migration journey to Windows 7. The move to XP took larger organisations at least a couple of years to complete, and there are a several reasons why the move to Windows 7 will follow a similar timescale. Continue readingGoogle+
By Jerome Rota, Founder of DivX and Senior Vice President, Consumer Products and Services at PacketVideo
It is safe to say that 2012 was the year of technology, with a plethora of new consumer technology devices coming to the market. Technology is now an aspect of our everyday lives, leading to significant developments that will shape the way we live in the coming years. 2012 has been particularly strong for the entertainment industry, helping people enjoy TV at home and on-the-go, with the introduction of new on-demand services such as the UK launch of TiVo to the new ‘mini’ tablets. Continue readingGoogle+
By Daniel Fuller-Smith, Sales Manager for Toshiba’s Business Communications Division, Europe
January is often a time for business owners to look back on the previous year’s successes and what they learned. It’s also a time when they should look to the new year that lies ahead of them and consider all the trends and technologies that can be used to grow their business. However, with technology innovations springing up in every corner, it’s often difficult to decide what’s actually useful for a business and what’s merely nice to have as a gadget.
Speaking to business owners and hearing about their needs and wants for 2013, I see 4G, ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) and technologies enabling collaboration as key trends that they need to understand if they want to achieve their ambitious plans. Continue readingGoogle+
By Abigail Phillips
There’s been several predictions made for what to expect in the new year from online services and technology. And with the first major security breach from free video messenger services and email descending to become the lowest form of communication in the business world, 2013 is predicted to be an interesting year in online communications. We caught up with Andres Wienold, VP EMEA at LifeSize, who gave us his predictiones for 2013. Continue readingGoogle+