Cloud Computing, Mobile Solutions, Social Media Changing Role of IT

December 6, 2012

The high-tech sector is booming, with IT investment expected to grow rapidly in the coming years. At the same time, the industry is undergoing a major transition, and new technologies are becoming more prevalent.

According to Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC, cloud computing, mobile solutions, social media and big data will drive 90 percent of IT growth between 2013 and 2020.

“The IT industry as a whole is moving toward the mobile/social/cloud/big data world of the third platform much more quickly than many realize,” Gens said. “Companies that are not putting 80 percent or more of their competitive energy into this new market will be trapped in the legacy portion of the market, growing even slower than global GDP.”

In a recent blog for Forbes, Tom Kemp, CEO of Centrify, suggested that the cloud, mobile devices and social media are on the verge of intersecting. This could lead to the next trend, which he called “bring your own identify” (BYOI).

As Kemp pointed out, employees are relying more on personal devices like laptops, tablets and smartphones to access company applications, which are available remotely via the cloud. In addition, companies are using social media for a variety of reasons, from sales and marketing to customer service.

Although IT departments no longer own every device and application that employees are using, tech professionals are still responsible for managing the security of corporate networks. The challenge, Kemp said, is finding the balance between making company-owned applications accessible, while still protecting sensitive data and adhering to compliance standards.

Currently, many employees are required to have different credentials for different programs. However, Kemp suggested that with the rise of BYOI, workers may be able to use Facebook or Gmail to log into every account.