The world will spend a whopping $2.1 trillion on tech in 2013
2013 will be a make-it-or-break-it year in mobile for some vendors
Steve Kovach, Business Insider
When it come to mobile, 2013 will bring us these three things:
- Mini tablets with screens less than 8 inches in size will be the rage, accounting for 60% of tablets sold.
- The market for smartphones and tablets combined will grow by 20%.
- 2013 will be a make-or-break year for mobile platforms. Those that don’t attract interest from at least 50% of app developers won’t survive. Google and Apple are past that threshold. Microsoft now sits at 33%. RIM is at 9%.
Big IT companies will feast on smaller cloud players
The software-as-a-service phenomenon really grew up in the past 12 months, with big vendors like Oracle and SAP spending billions to buy their way into the market.
IDC thinks we haven’t seen anything yet.
“There will be over $25 billion in SaaS acquisitions over the next 20 months, up from $17 billion in the past 20 months,” it says.
Some companies are too highly valued to make for easy acquisitions, like the publicly traded Salesforce.com, worth $22 billion, or the fast-growing, still-private Box at $1.2 billion. But a bunch of others could be ripe for deals: Okta, Zenoss, and ServiceMax come to mind
A lot of smaller, specialized clouds will sprout up
In 2012, a lot of new cloud tech came out that made it easier and more affordable for anyone to build a cloud.
That means that in 2013, a whole bunch of new clouds will crop up. These will serve specific industries, for instance hospitals, construction companies, banks.
Big data will get bigger
IDC says the big-data market will grow at an annual rate of 40%. It will hit about $5 billion in 2012, $10 billion by 2013, and $53 billion by 2017.
The data center as we know it is over
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New data-center technologies that took root in 2012 will become the big thing in 2013.
These include “converged systems,” where companies buy machines that have computation, storage, networking, and software bundled together.
Another is software-defined networks, which is a new way to build networks.
These represent a tremendous opportunity for the established players like Cisco, Dell, HP, and Oracle. But they are also a big risk if they get it wrong. A whole class of startups are rising up to disrupt these guys.
Your work computer will be an ID you keep in your head
The bring-your-own-device trend, also known as BYOD, will morph into BYID—bring-your-own-ID.
That is, your work computer will be available to you anywhere, on any device. All you have to do is properly log in.
This is the ultimate result of investments in new cloud, mobile, and data-center technologies
- Mobile and cloud developments will dominate 2013 (net-security.org)
- IDC: Mobile devices will drive IT spending in 2013 (infoworld.com)