Now that we know for sure that the world isn’t ending on December 21st, it’s now safe to make some long term plans. You can expect 2013 and beyond predictions to be flowing pretty regular over the next couple of weeks. At the top of the list will be all of the predictions regarding mobile devices.
You may notice my lack of surprise that we are going to see a rise in malware threats to mobile devices. Mobile Malware Threats to Rise in 2013 http://t.co/k7pZJs5F. The guys that sit in their mom’s basement writing malware prefer to write a line of code once and hit many targets. With the growth of mobile devices, which includes tablets, we all should be very careful of what we click on.
Rightfully so, 2013 is going to be a tough year for the cellular companies. While you may think that all of these devices will mean big bucks for them, we’ve seen cellular rates drop since my first cell phone in 1986 as more and more accounts developed and the infrastructure became more mature. You can expect that trend to continue. And have you ever seen the government miss out out on public demand. Expect more regulation in that market. So, the big winners on the mobile network will be social media. After all, that’s what they are using those cellular networks to do. Facebook and Mobile, Google and Infrastructure: Predictions for 2013 http://t.co/AgU19PTq.
So I dropped my own prediction of regulation in the previous paragraph. Some of that regulation will more than likely be designed to protect the market. The continued lawsuits will impede technology development and settlements will drive up end-user costs. Patent Cases Color Mobile Market, to Continue in 2013 http://t.co/k4fOv7Hv.
IBM has also jumped on to the prediction bandwagon, but they are reaching out five years. You have to wonder if they haven’t started carving the IBM calendar into a stone wheel. Nevertheless, their predictions are pretty interesting. Yes, they involve mobile devices. IBM Targets Five Innovations to Change the World in Five Years http://t.co/k0206oly.
One thing is certain. Mobile technology is changing the way we interact and it’s still in its infancy. 2013 will be a year for mobile growth and change. As I’m writing this, I’m staring out my window at a snow covered landscape and can only imagine one change that I could use right this very minute….and that would be a change in latitude.
Citrix is many different things to many people. It’s a cloud company, it’s a virtualization player, it’s a mobile technologies vendor and it’s a collaboration products provider. But according to Mark Templeton, Citrix CEO since 2001, all of that blends together and fits with where enterprise IT shops are headed. Citrix: What kind of company is it anyway? http://t.co/CO2ThJho. This is a very good article which I highly recommend. As it turns out, Citrix is all of those things.
Part of my preconceived notion of Citrix was strictly as a virtualization player. Of course I know better than that now. I also know that VMware is doing a little growth outside their comfort zone as well. VMware: Pivotal Will Kick-Start Big Data Offensive http://t.co/urnnSGeb. As I’ve said before, it’s getting harder to tell precisely what the players do without a line card. Remember when Cisco just made switches and routers?
Oh, and remember when Dell was a PC company? Dell Software Aims to Automate Mobile Device Management http://t.co/ZVSIyW41. I rest my case. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with this diversification at all. In fact, as argued by Citrix, it’s not diversification if you consider that everything is connected. IT is no longer broken into silos. By the way, KACE was a great purchase for Dell back in 2010.
Now that all of my tech talk is done for this beautiful Saturday. Have you noticed people are telling end of the world jokes like there’s no tomorrow?
Now that we’ve all survived 12/21/12…yeah, I’m a bit disappointed in the Mayans too….let’s get our own Nostradamus on and take a look at 2013. The first stop on our journey into the future will be at the Enterprise Software store. 11 Predictions for Enterprise Software in 2013 http://ow.ly/gh6Yl. You shouldn’t be surprised as you read this that a lot of what will happen will be in the cloud. Software as a service has been growing dramatically for quite some time.
Our next stop on the 2013 timeline is a look at seven technology failures. 7 Technologies Poised for Failure in 2013http://ow.ly/gh6VF. Avert your eyes if you are the slightest faint of heart or a Blackberry user. Yep, Blackberry is on the list for 2013. Need I remind you that this is merely a prediction. Your future is defined by your actions and not by the words written in a article. I feel a movie reference coming on…..”The future has not been written. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. I wish I could believe that. My name is John Connor, …”
We all know that cloud computing is hot and will more than likely be as hot as a blue flame in 2013, but what does the tip of that flame look like. 5 Cloud Computing Trends That Will Be Big in 2013 http://ow.ly/gh6SS. I read this as being a battle for vendors in the cloud space for 2013 and a benefit for customers. That shouldn’t be too huge of a surprise, but as the market becomes more mature, the wheat does get separated from the chaff.
I’m sure we’ll see more predictions for 2013 before we get to the end of the year, but I found these to be quite interesting. TGIF.
I know…you’ve been just dying to know what’s going on with Cisco these days. Yeah…so was I. So I used this thing Al Gore created, “The Internet”, to find out a little more about the company with the Golden Gate Bridge logo. If you’ve received a voice mail from Cisco recently it may be because they’ve started to contact customers of its failed Umi telepresence system to notify them of the permanent end-of-service and offer refunds. Cisco Offers Refunds For End-Of-Service Umi Telepresence http://t.co/SnqE3Ikf. Video is a flaky industry. I spent a good portion of my early years in that medium. You wouldn’t believe the number of End-Of-Service calls I had to make.
On December 18th, Cisco announced that they acquired BroadHop. Nope, it’s not a microbrewery. It is however a company that has worked with Cisco for quite some time offer up products under its Quantum Network Suite, including the Quantum Policy Server, which links services to the network; Quantum Policy Builder, a rich interface based on Eclipse; Quantum Subscriber Manager, which provisions subscribers, their services and network profiles; and Quantum Subscriber Analytics, which gives service providers deep visibility into what their subscribers are doing, including behavior and the amount of time they’re using the service. Keep in mind that this happened less than a month after buying network traffic management vendor Cariden Technologies for $141 million and less than two weeks after CEO John Chambers told financial analysts in New York that Cisco would continue its aggressive acquisition strategy to help build out its technology portfolio. Hmmmmm. Cisco Buys BroadHop for Network Policy Management http://t.co/z1s55kvA.
On March 20th of 2003, the headline read “Cisco Acquires Linksys for $500M” Now the headline reads “Cisco Preparing To Unload Linksys http://t.co/MDIJygE8“. Nine years is a good run and I’m sure they got the value needed from the technology. Frankly at this point it’s merely a branding drop more than anything. Linksys still exists in the Cisco brand.
There you have it. That’s what’s going on with Cisco today. Enjoy your Thursday night!!
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