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The major technology shifts under way -- the move to cloud-based services and reduced importance of the data center, the growth of mobile devices and apps and related decline in use of traditional PCs, and the greater emphasis on big data/analytics rather than traditional analytics -- are having a huge impact on corporate IT.
But what do these shifts mean for key vendors in the industry? Which are most likely to adapt to the changes and even thrive in the rapidly emerging services-based, mobile-crazed environment, and which are in danger of becoming irrelevant? In other words, who can you continue to rely on?
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For both IT and business executives, knowing which vendors seem to be moving in the right direction is a key factor in decision making, especially considering that these industry megatrends -- shaping what InfoWorld calls the New IT -- are now fully taking hold.
It's always risky to predict what the future will bring when it comes to assessing companies. The landscape can change in a hurry, particularly in an industry essentially defined by rapid change. But industry experts can look at what the vendors have done so far to come up with a reasonable expectation of where they're going.
Research firm Gartner has predicted that the "nexus of forces" -- including cloud, mobile, and social -- will reach mainstream status in 2014 and create new technology requirements, drive new purchasing and establish new competitive realities. IDC has a similar view it calls the 3rd Wave. Gartner says these forces will drive more than 26 percent of total enterprise software market revenue by 2017, up from 12 percent in 2012.
The shift in technologies and business focus powering this predicted growth will play out largely in four areas: services, cloud, mobile, and big data analytics. This report assesses how the key enterprise vendors are adapting -- or not -- to the changing face of business technology.
- Services: Amazon, AT&T, Dell, Google, IBM, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP, Verizon
- Cloud computing: Amazon, BMC, CA, Dell, EMC VMware, Google, HP, IBM, Salesforce
- Mobile computing: AirWatch, Apple, AT&T, BlackBerry, Citrix, Dell, Good, Google, HTC, IBM, Microsoft, MobileIron, Samsung, Soti, Symantec, Verizon
- Big data analytics: Amazon, Cloudera, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP