Just as we recently looked backward at the key trends from last year that we believe will have significant longer-term impact (see 1305RA, A Year in Review: Looking Back at 2013, 26Dec2013), we now turn forward to 2014 and identify three additional key emerging trends that we believe are important to track.

As a result of Saugatuck’s ongoing surveys and discussions with IT vendors, enterprise business executives, and enterprise IT executives, we identify three key areas which will influence enterprise IT directions and shape the IT market in 2014. We have grouped these 2014 projections into the following overarching themes:

  • Platforms and Verticals
  • Performance and Architecture
  • Governance and Risk.

In this Research Alert, we briefly define and discuss each trend. We conclude with appropriate guidance. For our premium research subscribers, a more comprehensive assessment of these trends with actionable Strategic Planning Positions (SPPs) are presented in a 5-page Strategic Perspective (1307MKT, Saugatuck Trend Watch, Part 2: Looking Forward to 2014, 02Jan2014)
2014 Theme 1: Platforms and Verticals. Saugatuck projects that 2014 will bring an expanding array of Platform offerings. While some will be “general purpose” others will be tailored to specific uses and/or to specific groups of enterprises.

Targeted Platforms. We project that 2014 will see proliferation of Platforms targeted for specific uses (e.g., traditional infrastructures, Cloud infrastructures, mobile devices), and selected groups of enterprises with common requirements (e.g., verticals).These Platforms will include fees and other terms and conditions that are tailored to targeted uses or groups of enterprises and standard and optional functionality required for a specific use, industry, or community.

Analytics-as-a-Service Platforms. In the coming year Analytics as a Service will emerge as a viable solution for enterprises lacking the skills or resources to create their own analytic Clouds or needing to take advantage of rapid provisioning of Cloud Analytics capabilities for business reasons.

2014 Theme 2: Performance and Architecture. Saugatuck projects that 2014 will bring increased focus on performance of Cloud-based offerings and on architecture of workloads to be migrated to a Cloud-based offering.

Performance Monitoring & Cost Management. Saugatuck projects that 2014 will bring increased awareness of the need for and the implementation of monitoring performance of Cloud-based workloads.

Application Renovation. Implementation of mobility will cause the need to renovate traditional back-end systems. We further project that adoption of Analytics will also necessitate updating traditional application systems.

Data-Driven Cloud Usage. We project that 2014 will bring an expansion of workloads being migrated to Cloud to avoid the delays and costs of transferring data between inter-dependent workloads via telecom links.

Integrating Social Networks. Innovative Cloud business solutions have featured or been centered on social networking capability, as in for example Kenandy’s ERP offering. Respondents to Saugatuck’s recent 2013 Global Cloud Survey underscored the importance of this synergy between business functionality and knowledge and information exchange.

2014 Theme 3: Governance and Risk. As enterprises move into the Cloud with greater assurance of the business value to be found there, the need for strong management practices around governance and risk increases. Yet few enterprises are well equipped to deal with the new requirements.

Security and Regulatory Compliance. The increasing reliance of enterprises on Cloud solutions to drive core revenues and deliver profitability ups the ante on security and regulatory compliance.

Data Management Imperative. In the coming year, Cloud solutions enabling the management of data and metadata in the Cloud will reach maturity for the scope of the problem as it had been initially been understood. More widespread use of mission-critical data in the Cloud, APIs linking Cloud solutions and their more granular functions, and the explosion of hybrid architecture will stretch the capabilities of current solutions nearing maturity in the market and will open the door to new, more expansive offerings.

System Health and People’s Lives. Recent disruptions to systems on which people increasingly depend for life essentials such as financials and health, e.g., Belgium’s Card Payment Network, Royal Bank of Scotland and Healthcare.gov, have clearly demonstrated that systems and people’s lives have become increasingly intertwined.

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This blog was originally published atSaugatuck's Lens360 blogon January 2, 2014. Published with permission.

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