5 Key Emerging Trends in the Mobile Cloud Sector
Cloud computing and mobile technology are intersecting in so many ways that the next emerging trend is the "mobile cloud." Even though the mobile cloud is still in its infancy, mobile IT should be up on the latest mini-trends coming out of this hot sector in order to prepare for the future. Here we outline five pertinent mobile cloud issues that the tech industry will be seeing more of in the coming year. If I asked you to pick the most over-hyped technology trend of the past year, youd probably pick either cloud computing or smartphones and tablets. Pretty much every tech publication has wall-to-wall coverage of those trends, while plenty of vendors are busily slapping cloud and mobile on a slew of products that are only vaguely so. The thing about these so-called over-hyped trends, though, is that they really arent. In the build up to the Super Bowl, you will see exhaustive coverage of the Steelers and Packers, and, sure, theres way more hype than Id prefer, even as an expatriate Pittsburgher and rabid Steeler fan. But are those teams really over-hyped when theyre at the top of the NFL heap? Similarly, cloud computing and mobile get more than their fair share of attention, but on the other hand, investment dollars are flowing into cloud and mobile companies; startups are popping up like weeds, and plenty of incumbents such as Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle and IBM (to name only a few), are betting big on these trends.