IT Security, Mobility, Data Top CXO Priorities

by CXOtoday News Desk    Nov 07, 2014

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The technology landscape is ever changing. What was predicted a year or two ago as a major tech trend may not be as happening by the time we step into another new year. A recent Tech Pro Research report predicts predict the major tech trends of the next three years and comes up with some interesting findings on technologies, tech companies and the industry in general.

The study notes that 61 percent believe that the Internet of Things (IoT) will take off and the world will become uber-connected by 2018. Another 13 percent say that Blackberry will make a comeback. Talk about far-fetched predictions. I don’t know about you, but I stuck my Blackberry in a drawer several years ago and I’ve never given it a second thought.

The survey polled both CXOs and non-CXOs and then compared results to get their views on what the next three years will bring. While analyzing technological priorities in organizations, the study found that CXOs and board members consider the most significant priorities to be improving security, improving applications to better fit business processes, lowering costs and project management.

The biggest gap between CXOs and their team was in the choice of project management. Nevertheless, IT security is seen as the top emerging technology to IT departments by both CXOs and non-CXOs.

Mobile device management and big data analytics are the other areas of importance for executives. While deploying mobile devices was seen as the top long-term plan for IT departments. This also gives vendors such as BlackBerry to make a major comeback in the coming quarters, the study forecasts.

However, it was interesting to note that over a third of respondents believe that 3D printing and wearables will not be important emerging technologies, unlike some predictions that believe these technologies are getting into the enterprise realm.

The study further predicts some of the most significant challenges IT departments may face over the next three years are protecting and securing the network and data. Respondents also predicted that a big challenge will be changing business requirements and improving service responsiveness.

On the whole security, mobility and data will remain top priorities, says the study and these will advance into new areas while the core concepts behind them will remain critical. To download the report, Click Here.