Security, infrastructure intelligence and data analytics will be among the hottest business technology trends of 2014, according to a research paper commissioned by UK IT services firm Advanced 365.

The paper, written by technology analyst David Smith, chief executive, Global Futures and Foresight with Advanced 365, identifies the most "transformative technologies" and recommends steps businesses need to take to stay ahead of the curve — like embracing data analytics, gaining a better understanding of infrastructure intelligence and learning to manage cloud services growth.

The Big Data Explosion

Many of these themes, such as big data and analytics, have been covered here on CMSWire.com. But it's interesting that big data is not just a trend itself, but a trend that begets other trends -- such as storage infrastructure challenges. And now many of us are accessing this data via a mobile device -- often our personal devices. Not only is the explosion of applications producing more data than can be measured and analyzed, but it also provides a challenge for IT departments who are trying to build a secure and robust infrastructure to manage it.

The bottom line is that as more and more applications come on line and move to the cloud, the amount of data flowing throughout the system is massive, and that requires a new approach to business and IT. 

And Now the List ...

Here are the trends cited by Advanced 365's paper:

1) Network security and the growth of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device): 81 percent of workers admit to using their own devices to access their employer's network without their employer's knowledge or permission, according to Advanced. This represents a huge business and security risk, which IT managers need to address. Solutions included use guidelines along with technical controls and security solutions.

2) Infrastructure intelligence: By 2020, there may be as many as 4 billion people online using 50 trillion gigabytes of data, according to Advanced. That increase in data volume is being driven by the rise in use of business applications, mobile devices, and the cloud. Storage requirements alone are growing 20 percent to 40 percent annually, which is demanding more efficiency and understanding of infrastructure.