5 Technology Trends for 2014

Technology is ever evolving, and although there’s no way to say for sure which trends will take the spotlight over the course of the next year, the predictions and trends of the last year help us to predict what technology trends will continue into the new year.

What technology trends are going to be big in 2014? The following are some of the predictions from the team at Moka5.

  1. Continuity Across All Devices  
    Wouldn’t you like to be able to look up an address from your laptop and have the directions populate on your in-car GPS? This kind of device continuity could start to become a trend in 2014.As ITBusinessEdge explained it in last year’s Top 10 Technology Trends for 2013, “With more users working across multiple devices, 2013 will see a move to provide the missing link in today’s computing experience – the ability to pick up the session on a different device in exactly the same place you left off.”Moka5 VP of Technical Services, Lee Wei expects this 2013 trend to continue to gain momentum in 2014. “With Cloud and various AAS (As A Service) as enabling technologies, I believe we will start realizing the ability to have continuity across devices.”
  2. Personal Cloud
    Personal cloud was not only of Forbes’ Top 10 Strategic Technology Trend for 2013, but also among the 2014 strategic technology trends shared by Gartner Fellow David Cearley during Gartner Symposium.This trend opens up the possibility for greater continuity across all devices, because it allows our personal cloud—not the device—to become the center of our digital live and allow us to sync across devices. However, the era of the personal also has the potential to shift the balance of power further towards the user, as devices become less important.
  3. The Internet of Things and DMaaS
    It likely comes little surprise that there are more Internet-connected devices in the U.S. than there are people. The Internet of Things (IoE) will continue to evolve in 2014 as more and more ordinary consumer electronic devices become connected to the Internet.  As this trend moves more into homes and home appliances, Kurt Somerville, Moka5 Marketing Operations Manager, anticipates that the not-yet-created acronym DMaaS (Device-Management as a Service) will likely explode on the consumer level. Since there is no real standard yet according to Somerville, he anticipates that “there will be universal ‘hubs’ where ordinary at-home devices will be able to communicate with a central console—very similar to the current state of managing PCs, Macs, and every other device in the enterprise.” However, this kind of trend isn’t limited to the home, Somerville anticipates that “brick and mortar retail stores will become “alive” relaying important, hyper-targeted location based information to consumers while they are shopping. This is already happening with Apples introduction of iBeacon.”
  4. Flash Storage
    Although some may argue that there are problems that arise with flash storage—aka any data repository or system that uses flash memory—Moka5 Senior System Admin, Jonny Campbell suggests that “flash storage is changing the performance characteristics of all things, since the previous system-internal performance bottlenecks were almost all related to storage.” As a result, flash storage is certainly a trend to watch in 2014.
  5. Software Defined Networking
    2014 will also likely see a continued shift in focus from hardware to solutions made possible by virtualization. As Campbell explains, “Software Defined Networking is poised to put traditional networking hardware providers out of business.” Although big name vendors have succeeded for years by coupling hardware and software into one unified and expensive model, major players like Amazon are now replacing expensive networking components with services that leverage virtualization.

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