From 2013 Trend to 2014 Workplace RealityEvery year brings plenty of hype around the promise of what new technical advancements and capabilities can bring to organizations trying to transform their businesses. There are also plenty of things that never quite live up to the promised hype. Let’s take a look at what to expect in 2014.

BYOD evolves to BYOC and BYOA

One trend that hit hard in 2013 was Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Whether companies wanted to embrace it or not, they were hit by a storm of user-owned mobile hardware entering their enterprise networks. For 2014, expect this to continue as users now leverage their devices for other needs such as Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC) and Bring Your Own Application (BYOA).

Cloud access will bring a host of applications such as cloud storage and file sharing capabilities services such as Box, Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive, etc. The ability to have seemingly endless capacity easily shared and syndicated across desktop, tablet and mobile devices is tremendously powerful for the mobile worker.

BYOA extends the IT consumerization model by bringing the personal app paradigm to the enterprise. Organizations can either embrace off-the-shelf mobile apps or build custom mobile apps that tailor features and functionality to specific business needs. Whichever approach is adapted, you can expect to see the Enterprise App Store begin to go mainstream as the preferred distribution model for enterprise mobile apps.

Big Data Grows Up

Most enterprises still have much of their information in proprietary formats locked away in internal databases that get analyzed in reports for management. Despite a majority of information originating externally (such as social and sensory data), much of the focus is still on processing data within the enterprise.

In 2013, this external “big” data was still not effectively integrated into core information systems to drive additional insights. 2014 will be the year companies more effectively integrate Big Data into their core platforms. They will have to as the volume of data continues to grow.

The Internet of Things Enables Sensor-Driven Business Models

2013 touted the “Internet of Things” where every mundane possession becomes instrumented and connected to the Internet by either embedding RFID tags or sensors. However, much of this did little to impact organizational effectiveness and enhance decision making.

The emergence of “smart machines” and embedded sensors will bring new contextual awareness to computing, enabling sensor-driven business models. These sensors will allow better tracking of behavior and movements of product and interactions with those products, allowing business models to be fine-tuned based on this behavioral data.