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The leaves are falling, storm windows are cozy in their frames, and Thanksgiving leftovers are gone. The end of another year is approaching, which also means it’s time for predictions, predictions, predictions.

No surprise that this year’s forecasts for enterprise IT are dominated by BYOD, big data and mobile. It’s a new world of work, after all, one in which employees are increasingly mobile and no longer content with a desktop PC and a cubicle.

This year’s crop also includes a few new catchphrases: “The Internet of Things,” “Appliance Madness” and the “Corporatization” of consumers. New corporate speak is like jimmies on soft-serve – it brightens things up, adds flavor and fun. I hope these stick.

1. Gartner: IT’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013

Forward Thinking blog, PCMag.com, by Michael J. Miller

At the recent annual Gartner Symposium, the company introduced the concept of a “nexus of forces” coming together in enterprise IT. Those forces — cloud, social, mobile and information — will make the current IT infrastructure obsolete, Gartner maintains, and will make way for a “new information economy.”

In this blog post, PC Mag’s Michael J. Miller offers his take on Gartner’s predictions for next year, and how they fit into said nexus.

If you read only one prediction piece this winter, make sure it has something to do with Gartner. As Miller notes in his blog, many of the trends the company identified as notable in previous years remain important today.

See also “Gartner: 10 Critical Tech Trends for the Next Five Years,” by Eric Savitz of Forbes.

2. Consumer ‘Corporatization’ to Ease BYOD Concerns

ZDNet, by Jamie Yap

In this article, Jamie Yap explores IDC’s prediction that 2013 will bring “corporatization” of consumers. This means tablets and smartphones will increasingly be the main tool for workers, while the PC will be used only if specific functions are required and which are not supported by the mobile devices. Consumers will want more enterprise IT features out of their consumer-grade devices, which would benefit IT. Writes Yap: As more employees use mobile devices as their main work tool and vendors introduce enterprise-grade devices, these factors will help IT managers better cope with the explosion of consumer devices in the workplace.

3. Where is Cloud Computing Headed in 2013?

WIRED, By Brian Patrick Donaghy

WIRED’s Donaghy predicts that cloud computing will become “inevitable” in 2013, and will thus bring immense change to enterprise IT. Businesses will realize the cloud’s significance and the adoption path will be similar to that of Linux in the 1990s and SaaS in the 2000s.

4. 10 Trends CIOs Should Watch in 2013

CIOInsight.com, by Don Reisinger

If you’re tired of reading about what 2013 will bring, take a look at CIOInsight’s slideshow of tech predictions. It includes digestible info on the top issues.

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Bonus: New Tech Lingo Cheat Sheet, Late 2012 Addendum

INTERNET OF THINGS (from Eric Savitz’s Forbes article): “Cheap, small devices. Everything will have a radio and GPS capability. Self-assembling mesh networks. Location aware. This all creates the always on society. All of these things have an IP address and can be tracked. Most new cars being enabled for social. Street lights are being networked. Devices proliferating everywhere. It’s not a single technology, it’s a concept. Driving the trend are things like embedded sensors, image recognition, augmented reality, near field communication. The result is situational decision support, asset management, more transparency. Many, many business opportunities with the Internet of things. But it all adds to complexity of IT; brings more for the business into IT.”

IT APPLIANCE MADNESS (also from Savitz’s article): “Proliferation of point solutions, which are easy to deploy, with embedded OS, and locked down environments. They contribute to the complexity issue. Now seeing more virtualized appliances, which again adds to complexity. Some appliances are for specific workloads. Sometimes with entire embedded software stack. Inventory monitoring. Security monitoring. Easy to deploy, easy to forget about.”

CORPORATIZATION OF THE CONSUMER (from Jamie Yap’s article in ZDNet): “As more employees use mobile devices as their main work tool and vendors introduce enterprise-grade devices, these factors will help IT managers better cope with the proliferation of consumer devices in the workplace.”

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