BYOD, MDM Among the Top 5 IT Trends for 2013

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With buzzwords like "BYOD" and 'MDM' resonating through 2012, the upcoming year's IT trends may reflect some of these current practices.

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of Wick Hill Group, predicts the following IT trends for 2013:

  1. BYOD. Companies will increasingly try to integrate this practice into their networks throughout 2013, and strategic requirements will become increasingly important. Along with this, the growth of Windows to Go secure USB sticks will provide users with a supported version of the corporate desktop.
  2. Mobile Device Management. Strong growth will occur for MDM solutions that offer features such as ensuring mobile-device usage complies with company security policies, allocating access rights, managing configuration, updating policies, dealing with data leakage issues, and dealing with lost or stolen devices. Also, MDM solutions should address the issue of managing employer-owned and employee-owned devices, as well as differentiating between business use and personal use.
  3. High-density wireless. The new standard involving 1 gigabit per second throughput rates will drive organizations to move to high density wireless in 2013. This will provide companies with high coverage and high performance, supporting business-critical applications and delivering complete site coverage.
  4. Data backup and recovery. New data replication technologies will have a major impact on data centers in 2013. For smaller organizations, the shift from tape will continue, and for conservative organizations, the move to disc will accelerate. Hybrid backup to RDX and then the cloud will also increase.
  5. Data leakage protection. Data leakage protection will continue causing major concerns for companies during 2013. Businesses will look at how to secure and manage their data as their network boundaries spread due to increased BYOD, increased remote access, the rapid growth of wireless, increased virtualization and the move toward convergence.
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