IT news in 2013 was dominated by cloud computing, big data/analytics, social media and mobile technologies. Here’s a synopsis of some of our most popular news items of the past year:

4 Big Cloud Computing Trends for 2013 — Backup to the public cloud as an extension of virtual infrastructures; cloud subscription models; cloud-based disaster-recovery-as-a-service; and integrating de-duplication and cloud data protection were among the trends to watch, according to Quantum.

The Best and Worst Methods for Enterprise Architecture — The discipline of enterprise architecture is evolving with more business outcomes in mind, though there are clear strategic moves that separate the best and worst projects, according to a Gartner expert.

Information Careers in 2013: The Hottest Jobs and Highest Salaries — Unemployment numbers for IT were stagnant, according to figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The outlook is much rosier for demand and salaries with specific IT careers in the years ahead.

The Soft Skill that Drives Your Analytics Team — Among all of the data crunching skills and experience with cutting-edge platforms, the soft skill of curiosity seems to be the one that makes for solid analytics professionals, according to an assessment of analytic professional demographics and characteristics.

Are Social Networks an Effective Business Communications Tool? — Social media for internal communication, when compared with the proliferation of social media for other purposes, is a relatively unexplored business tool, according to a survey from Towers Watson.
BI Gravitates Toward a Mixed Bag of What Works — Working under the weight of sluggish adoption rates, business intelligence is gravitating toward more users and access through a mixed bag of new and old solutions, according to an annual BI survey from Dresner Advisory Services.

The Intersection of Cloud, Mobility, Big Data and the Internet of Things: The Next IT Platform — During the past few years, IT has seen several major paradigm shifts in technology. These shifts have been primarily in the areas of cloud computing, big data, mobility and the Internet of Things. Moving forward, the convergence of these four areas will create a new “platform” for enterprises to develop new business and mission capabilities. These capabilities will enable a more integrated view of IT architecture.

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