As the application space for business technology migrates more and more to iPads and other smart devices, business intelligence and productivity tools are becoming more common in the hands of on-the-go users. The Business Application Research Center predicts mobile business intelligence usage alone will triple in the coming year.
Social and collaborative technology is now becoming interwoven into departmental use and in sales, marketing and customer service. IDCs Vanessa Thompson says it wont be long before social and collaborative products will cease to be their own software category and will instead be viewed as embedded services in the application portfolio.
Advances in hardware, software and compression technologies mean high volumes of information once accessed from arrays of disk drives and other media can now reside in main memory for instant retrieval and use. The breathtaking responsiveness and capacity of in-memory is seen in computing advancements such as IBMs Watson and SAPs HANA database.