Broadgate Predicts – 2013

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As 2012 draws to a close we look forward to some themes for 2013.

These are our views, not analysts or market research firms. They are general observations and what we have determined during our interactions with clients over the past 12 months as to how we see the industry shaping. Let us know what you think if you can by completing the survey.

  1. Infrastructure Services continue to commoditise – for many organisations, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is now mainstream. Technology advancement will continue to move the underlying infrastructure more towards a utility model and reduce costs in terms of software, hardware and resource.
  2. Application/Platform rationalisation – for many large firms there is still a large amount of legacy cost in terms of both disparate platforms, often aligned by business unit, and their sheer size/complexity. The next year will see an increase in rationalisation of application platforms to drive operational efficiency.
  3. Big Data/ Data Science grows and market starts to consolidate – 2012 was the year that Big Data technologies went mainstream…2013 will see an increased focus on Data Science resource and technology to maximise the analytical value. There will also be some consolidation at the infrastructure product level.
  4. Data Centre/Hosting providers continue growth – fewer and fewer companies are talking about building their own data centres now, even the very large ones. With the focus on core business value, infrastructure will continue to be hosted externally driving up the need for provider compute power.
  5. More rationalisation of IT organisations – 2012 saw large reductions in operational workforce, particularly in financial services. With revenues under more pressure this year (and in line with point 1) we will see more reductions in resource capacity and relocation to low cost locations, both nearshore and within the UK.
  6. Crowd-funding services continue to gain market share – there have been many new entrants to this space over recent years with companies such as Funding Circle, Thin-Cats, Bank-to-the-Future and Kickstarter all doing well. We see this continuing to grow as access to funds from traditional lenders is still hard. The question is at what point will they step in.
  7. ‘Instant’ Returns on investment required – growth of SaaS & BYOD is changing the perception of technology. People as consumers are now accustomed to an instant solution to a problem (by downloading an app or purchasing a service with a credit card). This, combined with historic patchy project successes, means that long lead-time projects are becoming  harder to justify; IT departments are having to find near instant solutions to business problems.
  8. Technology Talent Wars – with start-ups disrupting traditional players in areas such as data analytics, social media and mobile payment apps, barriers to entry eroding and salaries on the rise we see a shift from talent wanting to join industries such as financial services and choosing new technology companies.
  9. Samsung/Android gain more ground over Apple – we already have seen the Apple dominance, specifically in relation to the Appstore, being eroded and this will continue as the potential of a more open platform becomes apparent to both developers and users of technology.
  10. The death knell sounds for RIM/Blackberry – not much more to say. Most likely they will be acquired by one of the big new technology companies to gain access to the remaining smart phone users.
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Posted on : 31-12-2012 | By : jo.rose | In : General News

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