I’ll Be Using Windows 8, but Most Won’t
Due to the work that many companies have already put into testing and tweaking their applications in anticipation of rolling out Windows 7, in addition to the sheer affinity to mobile working that Windows 8 affords, I see that 2013 will follow 2012 as many organizations continue to roll out Windows 7. Very few companies will look to roll out Windows 8 in scale, and instead it will appear in pockets, largely driven by the new tablets, ultrabooks and hybrid devices.
Laptop + Tablet = Touchscreen Ultrabook
With the introduction of detachable screen ultrabooks such as the Asus Transformer, the new HP Envy X2 and now Dell’s own line, the convergence of laptops and tablets will soar to new levels this year. Windows 8 Pro enables this convergence to be a reality due to its ability offer the best of both worlds. For instance, detach the screen and use the Windows App Store interface for convenience; when more power or versatility is required, you can simply reattach the keyboard and work as you would do on a normal laptop. Next year will also see the release of Intel’s new low-power consumption chip, codenamed Haswell. The Intel tablets running Windows 8 will win out over ARM based tablets running Windows RT in the enterprise space, due to smoother transition, better management and security. The iPads and Macs will start to retreat from the enterprise, as the more corporate friendly Microsoft tablets and ultrabooks take the place of the consumer-focused iPad.
Clouds are Just Vapor, Right?
More and more software vendors are flocking to the cloud moniker without really having a true cloud offering. The reality is there are only a small number of true cloud companies out there – Salesforce and Xero are but two of the ones we use ourselves. I see true cloud continue to gain momentum over the cloud vapour created by aspirants.
BYOD is a BYO Headache
Like cloud, BYOD is making waves because the notion of using your own device in conjunction with your regular corporate systems is enticing to say the least. However, security concerns will continue to hamper BYOD, and it will fail to live up to the hype. Therefore, we expect to see the resurgence of corporate devices and precipitate a decline in BYOD – with more of a choose-your-own-device (CYOD) than bring-your-own-device corporate environment.
Elimination of the Privilege Account for Good?
While a bold statement, with technology now available that allows even a true administrator to log in with standard user rights and do their role without ever needing a privilege account, we will start to see more and more organizations adopt a least privilege approach to computing. In the past three years, many organizations have taken the first step by removing admin rights from the majority of users, holding back from making the move complete only because of the inconvenience it might cause to the most tech-savvy employees. But with advancements in privilege management technology, that no longer has to be the case.
Cross-posted from Virtual Strategy Magazine