Top Predictions for Enterprise IT in 2014

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BYOD will fail to live up to the hype.

Companies will increasingly provide limited access to select corporate resources for employee mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones. However, the idea that BYOD will replace corporate endpoint devices, such as desktops and laptops, is far-fetched. The mobile device form factor is suited for consuming simple content, but is inadequate for consuming complex content or for creating content.

Securing these devices is nearly impossible because even in a tightly controlled environment, the devices themselves cannot be locked down. Users can install any application, visit any website, and transfer any data outside the company's network. In regulated industries such as health care and finance, BYOD can result in audit failure, lawsuits, and fines. BYOD will improve productivity and employee morale, but it will increase the burden on IT rather than reducing it.

Adaptiva, an award-winning provider of IT efficiency and systems management solutions, recently announced their 2014 predictions for the enterprise IT and systems management industries. Over the last year, IT budgets saw modest growth following a very lean 2012, with managers becoming more resourceful and extensively leveraging emerging technologies to reduce expenses and increase efficiencies. Businesses are placing more demands on enterprise IT than ever before, and technologies need to evolve to satisfy these needs.

"New technologies are providing dramatic efficiency gains in many areas," said Deepak Kumar, chief technology officer and founder of Adaptiva. "However, some innovations have raised unrealistic expectations. IT is now finding the limits of those technologies, causing managers to scale back overarching plans. They will leverage new trends strategically, complementing traditional tools and methodologies instead of uprooting them."

Adaptiva predicts the following three trends will shape the enterprise IT landscape in 2014.


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