Big Data to pave the way for in­no­va­tion

InformationWeek - - Outlook 2014 -

2014 will be an in­flec­tion point for ma­jor tech­nol­ogy trends like Big Data and In­ter­net of Things. It will be the year wherein these tech­nol­ogy trends will be­gin to scale and shape busi­ness mod­els, in­no­va­tion and the way we lead our lives. Let us ex­am­ine how these trends will shape the world in 2014.

Big Data will pave the way for in­no­va­tion and will in­creas­ingly be­come part of the busi­ness mod­els, thus en­hanc­ing the ca­pa­bil­ity of the in­dus­try to com­pete glob­ally. In­tel be­lieves that hav­ing 15 bil­lion con­nected de­vices in the next few years is achiev­able. The big­gest ques­tion how­ever is where the data will go when these de­vices con­nect and how to make the best use of that in­for­ma­tion. This will prompt a whole in­dus­try to grow around pre­dic­tive anal­y­sis and raw data. Big Data will help make com­pa­nies smarter, more pro­gres­sive and give them a busi­ness ad­van­tage. Mar­ket­ing will be the big­gest driver for the use of cut­ting edge IT as they seek new in­no­va­tive ways to reach out and sell to cus­tomers with gov­ern­ments fol­low­ing the lead. In ad­di­tion, an­a­lyt­ics will be­come an in­te­gral part of busi­ness pro­cesses.

The next big trend will be the ap­pli­ca­tion of tech­nol­ogy in a range of dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries from man­u­fac­tur­ing to power and util­i­ties to lo­gis­tics, where ma­chine-to-ma­chine in­ter­ac­tion will play a big role. Es­ti­mates in­di­cate that there will be 30X con­nected de­vices to con­nected people, thus en­abling huge op­por­tu­ni­ties in what is of­ten re­ferred to as the ‘In­ter­net of Things’ (IoT). In­ter­net of Things, where de­vices com­pute and con­nect with data from em­bed­ded sen­sors, can help with the shift to a more sus­tain­able econ­omy, from re­duc­ing food wastage to dra­mat­i­cally curb­ing en­ergy con­sump­tion. It will al­low the world to do more with less. Lo­gis­tics man­age­ment and trans­porta­tion is clearly grow­ing at an enor­mous rate. Within these sec­tors, there are in­no­va­tions like near real-time mon­i­tor­ing of truck move­ments to mon­i­tor­ing flow rates on con­veyor belts. The con­nected de­vices will have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on cloud com­put­ing due to the amount of data gen­er­ated by each de­vice. Ac­cord­ing to an IDC fore­cast, there will be 212 bil­lion IoT de­vices world­wide by 2020.

As far as mo­bil­ity is con­cerned, I feel em­ploy­ers will soon shift to an en­vi­ron­ment of choos­ing one’s de­vices that of­fers the em­ploy­ees choice and also en­ables sta­ble set of poli­cies and eval­u­a­tion cri­te­ria for the de­vices.

An­other key area, se­cu­rity, will con­tinue to be the next big front. Se­cu­rity in­fra­struc­ture will be de­signed to iden­tify ma­li­cious ac­tiv­ity in real time, al­low­ing com­pa­nies to re­act quickly, rather than af­ter the event. Hard­ware as­sisted se­cu­rity will be the fo­cus as se­cu­rity needs to be im­ple­mented be­yond the op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

I be­lieve that 2014 will bring a rapid in­crease in emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies such as hu­man aug­men­ta­tion, speech-tospeech trans­la­tion, aug­mented re­al­ity, ges­ture con­trol and wear­able user in­ter­faces. Ac­cord­ing to the re­search firm, Gart­ner, ma­chines are be­com­ing bet­ter at un­der­stand­ing hu­mans and the en­vi­ron­ment — soft­ware that can rec­og­nize the emo­tion in some­one’s voice is just one ex­am­ple.

Also, ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor will be at the fore­front of tech­nol­ogy adop­tion and tech­nol­ogy will play a sig­nif­i­cant role in a child’s ed­u­ca­tion out­side the class­room. The coun­try and the re­gion will see a huge in­crease in de­vice own­er­ship with one de­vice for ev­ery stu­dent in­creas­ingly be­ing the norm within the next three to five years.

SRINI­VAS TADIGADAPA Di­rec­tor, En­ter­prise So­lu­tion

Sales, In­tel South Asia

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