Desktops, laptops, notebooks, tablets, and smartphones are already an integral part of many users' lives. In some cases, it has become increasingly difficult to draw a line between them. Will tablets replace laptops and notebooks? Will desktops go the way of the dinosaurs?
Tablets and smartphones already perform many tasks previously completed by desktops. That means organizations must adapt to multiple different systems. These days, internal users and customers may access organizational data and applications via any of these systems and quite possibly via different methods depending on their current location.
To address this issue:
IT managers must develop applications that adjust to the device the users have available. Some will turn to responsive design that creates a more fluid display to adjust to the screen-size variations. Others will use the adaptive approach that designs the display to match the desired screen size.
According to Paul Simoneau, a senior instructor and course director with Global Knowledge, the coming year will have 12 main challenges for IT management and staff. Since each organization is unique in how it functions and where it places its priorities, these are offered in no particular order. The issues include new technology, cloud, Big Data, virtualization, BYOD and BYOA, shadow IT, boomers, energy efficiency, user systems, interoperability, creating value, and social networks. After a brief comment on each area, more suggestions for dealing with that situation follow.