|[November 14, 2012]
Icreon Tech Predicts Top 10 Technology Trends for 2013
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--
Icreon Tech (www.icreon.us),
a global IT services provider, today released its top 10 predictions for
technology trends in 2013 that are expected to drive innovation and
influence decision-making around IT spending.
"Technological advances that connect the digital and physical world will
make 2013 the year of integration," said Himanshu Sareen, CEO of Icreon
Tech. "From the integration of fragmented IT systems to all encompassing
smartphones and smart televisions, in 2013, technology will keep the
heavy lifting confined to the backend and enable incredible
intuitiveness, simplicity and seamlessness for users."
Top 10 trends for 2013 include:
Internet of Things: In 2013, the physical and digital
worlds will fuse. From the RFID
tags on a runner's bib to the real time camera feed from traffic
lights that informs driving routes, the physical world is becoming an
information system. Icreon has been working on cutting edge apps and
solutions for 2013 that are using IT to instill everyday "things" and
gadgets with a flow of information and an overall sense of
Formalization of "Agile (News - Alert)-ish": Agile has been very
popular but may not be applicable to organizations that are not solely
focused on software product development and have limited resources to
make the investments required to make Agile a success. Icreon predicts
that a greater number of companies will turn to Agile-ish development,
which is still iterative and collaborative but requires less ongoing
support from the client.
IT's Human Side: There is no such thing as an IT project; there
are only business projects that are enabled by IT. IT professionals
are becoming more attentive than ever to business and the role
end-users play in the ultimate success of the software. 2013 will
involve businesses setting aside more time and budget, towards
intangibles around IT; communication plans, continuous user training
and implementation support.
Reverse Outsourcing: The early days of
globalization triggered a mass movement of workeastwards. However, as
the world truly becomes flat, the trend is less about jobs
lost and instead about the new kinds of jobs being created.
In 2013, Icreon anticipates the discourse of "offshoring" to be
replaced by smarter "redistribution" of labor based on core
capabilities and opportunities in market places.
All Encompassing Smartphones: As 2012 comes to a close,
consumers are increasingly relying on their smartphones
for just about everything. From researching purchasing
decisions to mobile commerce, expect to see more brands start to
innovate and cater to the needs of mobile audiences, both customers
and staff, that allows for more seamless use and integration of
smartphones into our daily lives.
Continuity Across Devices: With more users working
across multiple devices, 2013 will see a move to provide the missing
link in today's computing experience - the ability to pick up the
session on a different device in exactly the same place you left off.
Innovation will occur behind the scenes, to provide a continuous
experience for users across call logs, text messages, notes and
activities as they move from laptop to desktop, from tablet to mobiles.
Transformation of the Television: 2013 will continue to be a
renaissance period for television content, but not because of cable
network providers. Television will be increasingly connected to
mainstream computing experiences rather than just isolated
content-viewing sessions. The app-ification of curated media by
innovative firms like Netflix and SnagFilms
across devices such as Rokus, Boxees and tablets will further drive
content delivery beyond traditional TV.
Niche Social Networks: Past social networks like
MySpace (News - Alert), Orkut and Friendster were decimated by Facebook's domination.
Today, however, Facebook's ubiquity has led to the proliferation of
the niche social network. From photo and video sharing on Instagram
and Vimeo (News - Alert), to music and theater lovers using Spotify and Playbill
Memory Bank. In 2013, expect to see more custom networks that use
Facebook's (News - Alert) login mechanism as a gateway to smaller, more focused
Content over Chrome: Skeuomorphism, the act of using physical
textures, such as stitched leather, for no particular function, has
become a principal on how not to design software. With
Microsoft's Windows 8 and Google's Android (News - Alert) operating systems as an
indicator, in 2013 the user experience of software will be vastly
different from years past. With solid colors, clean type and pure UI,
avoiding the "noise" that comes with gradients, glossy buttons, and
Data Liberation in Government: Long crippled by red tape
and black box processes - governments have been the place where great
data went to die. However, with the adoption of sustainable
standards, private enterprises and governments alike will be able
to tap into a trove of valuable data to create exciting and
technology-forward public services. As an IT partner for state
governments, Icreon has witnessed this wave of technology innovation
Stay tuned to our
blog over the next few months for a deeper dive into each of these
trends as the year unfolds.
is an IT services provider specializing in a variety of web and
mobile-based technologies that empower organizations to be more
efficient and profitable. Since its inception in January 2000, the
company's formula for success has been simple - to bring businesses a
technology differential, through design, development or consulting.
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