Predictions and updates for 2014

Cloud computing predictions for 2014?
Amongst all the discussions for MSPs around cloud for enterprise, two predictions look likely to gain traction in 2014: the disappearance of unencrypted data and the end of VPN as we know it. It is anticipated that data will be encrypted everywhere, shifting away from endpoints, to a focus on encryption and security around file sharing in cloud services and networks. As cloud changes the way we do business, for VPN, new ways to encrypt wireless data traffic will emerge and replace it, avoiding the current issues surrounding battery life, connectivity and mis-configurations etc. A safer, more reliable way forward this year? Whatever the growth of MDM, MSPs need to be prepared with a rounded governance policy and considered offering(s) to dealing with the changing needs of their clients and protection of their applications and services.

CES 2014 and the invasion of wearable computers
This week saw the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) come and go. The big trend big tech companies are pushing is wearables, miniaturized computers worn on the body. Mostly in the form of smart-watches but there was also health tracking wristbands and Google Glass wannabes all out on display. Positioned currently to consumers, is it possible we will see a corporate adoption later on, in a similar fashion tablets took post iPad? Currently without a killer app, limited battery and mostly duplicative features from smart phones, the odds are stacked against wearables for work. With names like Google, Sony and Samsung all fighting for innovation in this area, they may not be ready yet but it would be premature to count them out now.

Samsung sets its sights on the corporate tablet market
Samsung is no stranger to the tablet game, but the focus seemingly so far has been on consumers. With the introduction on a new Pro range this is looking to change. With two new tablet announcements so far, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro. So why will businesses be interested? These both come in 12.2 inch versions making them larger than Microsoft Surface devices, great for document editing, emails and more. On the software side Samsung has developed a new user interface with multitasking in mind, the ability to snap apps also looks familiar to Microsoft offerings, but the much needed benefit of the huge Android App catalogue. Depending on price these could be true competitors to the presence of iPads in offices, but ultimately the biggest decision is on what OS you decide to champion.