Contador Harrison 2013 trends predictions

January 1, 2013

It’s the first day of 2013 and I would like to predict which trends are most likely to shape the technology industry as a whole. It is a year we are likely to see the end of windows based personal computer dominance and a more clearer post PC era where Windows could end up being one of the many operating systems available in the market. Also, I do expect mobile device wars among the manufacturers to intensify as we have witnessed over the last two years and part of the mix will definitely be developers trying to churn cutting edge mobile apps. I have a feeling that this year could be the one where mobile phones will surpass personal computers as the most common web access devices. My prediction is based on recent statistics that show more than 80% of handsets to be sold in mature markets will be smartphones over the next two years and tablet shipments will be about half of laptop shipments. I do also expect organizations to migrate from single enterprise data warehouse containing all information needed for decisions and movement to multiple systems like content management, data marts and warehouse and specialized file systems among others could become common.When it comes to mobile architectures I predict a continuous dominance of  Hyper Text Mark-up Language 5, apps, Hybrid, special and message.

This year, I expect the HTML5 to have more capabilities.There could be a long-term shift from native apps to web apps although I don’t expect native apps to go anytime soon as they currently offer the best user experience and most advanced features. Since I invested in personal cloud last year, I have gradually replaced my computer as central point for my web digital dependence and have seen my cloud as a portable data centre where I go for all my digital needs. Therefore, I foresee a situation where the focus will shift from client device to cloud based services delivered on access devices. I also think we could witness mobile devices fully embedded with sensors, image recognition features and near field communication payments. Smartphones and intelligent devices will no longer just use the cellular networks but from what I witnessed last year, I see a situation where phones will be able to communicate through Bluetooth, Long Term Evolution, Near Field Communication and also via Wi-Fi to a wide range of devices and peripherals such as wristwatch displays, healthcare sensors, smart posters and home-entertainment systems. Lastly, in the mobile world, I expect vendors like Google, Apple, and Microsoft to continue driving control across the end to end ecosystem where they will extend clients through apps.

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