Top Tech Trends for 2014

As CIO, keeping up with trending technologies is only one of your many roles. As a trusted expert, you are relied upon to translate technological trends into promising solutions for business challenges. With innovations occurring daily, the challenge is to identify the developments that can improve your business – increasing productivity, profitability or security.

AZ Tech Finders has identified five trends to watch from Gartner’s recently published “Top ten technologies and trends” for 2014.

They include:

  1. Mobile Device Diversity and Management. Through 2018, the variety of devices, computing styles, user contexts and interaction paradigms will make “everything everywhere” strategies unachievable. For CIOs, the unexpected consequence of “bring your own device” has doubled/tripled their mobile workforce. This, in turn, has placed a strain on the IT resources within the organization. Enterprise policies on employee-owned hardware usage need to be thoroughly reviewed and, where necessary, updated and extended.
  2. Mobile Apps and HTML5. Through 2014, improved JavaScript performance will begin to push HTML5 and the browser as a mainstream enterprise application development environment. Developers with this skill should focus on creating expanded user interface models including richer voice and video. Gartner believes that apps, which getting smaller and more targeted, will grow in popularity, so developers should look for ways to merge apps to create larger applications.
  3. Cloud / client architecture.  In the cloud/client architecture, the client is an application running on an Internet-connected device, and the server is a set of application services hosted on the cloud. Robust capabilities in many mobile devices, the increased demand on networks, the cost of networks and the need to manage bandwidth causes many to minimize the cloud application computing and storage footprint, and to exploit the power and storage of the client device. However, due to the sometimes complex demands of a growing mobile workforce, apps will demand increasing amounts of cloud capacity.
  4. The Internet of Everything. In 2011, there were over 15 billion “things” on the web, with 50 billion + intermittent connections. Within the next six years, there will over 30 billion connected “things”, with over 200 billion intermittent connections.  The problem is that – today – most enterprises and technology vendors have yet to explore the possibilities of an expanded Internet.  Many are not operationally or organizationally ready.
  5. Hybrid Cloud and IT as Service Broker. At some point, private clouds and external private clouds will mix.  Enterprises should design private cloud services with this in mind and make sure future integration and interoperability is possible. Managing this will often be the role of a cloud service broker, which handles aggregation, integration and customization. This changes the role of IT, making it play more of a role in coordinating IT related activities.

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Business + IT = Success

As a part of the IT management team, you will work to set strategic direction and make decisions that are not only “cool” but that make fiscal sense.  Knowing every programming language and earning every possible IT-specific certification will not provide you with this skillset.  Regardless of the role you play within the management structure of your IT department, you need to have an understanding of a strategic business environment and how to:

  • effectively manage people and build teams
  • manage technology and the bottom line
  • successfully and economically integrate this technology into the company’s other business lines and divisions

Here are four tips to get you well on your way.

1.         Train your employees to collaborate and hold each other accountable

Teams are expected to produce results, but performance will be hindered if team members do not work well together.  A collaborative group environment is essential for the team’s success.  To create this collaborative environment, team members must

  • Have a common purpose and goal
  • Trust each other

Understand everyone’s roles and be familiar with those roles

2.         Learn and promote risk-taking  

Risks are necessary to make change happen.  People and companies who are unwilling to take risks will stagnate and stop innovating. IT leaders need to learn to balance risk-taking and failure.  This applies to employees as well.  Leaders must learn how to maximize the abilities of those they manage.  Great leaders allow their direct reports the freedom to make mistakes, but good employees also:

  • Learn from their mistakes
  • Own their mistakes
  • Fix their mistakes

Put safeguards in place to ensure that the same mistakes will never happen again.

3.         Communication

Communication is of paramount importance.  Without communication, there is no exchanging of ideas which (in turn) stymies innovation.  Therefore:

  • Err on the side over communicating
  • Address and clear up any misunderstandings quickly.
  • Take responsibility for being heard and understood.

Look to understand all angles of a situation and/or problem.

4.         Assign multiple managers to handle projects throughout cialispillssaleonline your company

No matter how talented and educated, one person cannot do everything that needs to be done.  It is simply not possible and will derail the entire organization.  Surround yourself with talented people, and work to recognize their different talents.  When you have a cohesive team of people whose different skill sets augment each other’s, your organization will keep moving ahead.

When you are ready to build your most cohesive, collaborative team, think of AZ Tech Finders.  Contact us today to learn more about locating, hiring and retaining top IT and HR talent in Phoenix today.  If you are looking for information technology recruiters in Phoenix, contact us today.