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Top 5 IT Trends for 2012

As we get closer and closer to the new year, it’s time to start thinking about IT priorities for the coming months. While most businesses don’t necessarily keep a strategic or fiscal calendar that coincides with the standard calendar, it’s still a good time to look ahead and see what kinds of things are on the horizon.

Here are some of the top IT trends you can expect to see in the coming year:

1.    Increasing tablet use. Desktop computers may hit their pinnacle this year as tablet and smartphones gain more and more ground. It’s expected that basic tablet devices may hit $100 this year, making them much more accessible to companies.

2.    Mobile apps and mobile interfaces. Along with tablet and smartphone use comes the apps that are specifically designed for those formats. Apps will be increasingly used for business and even industry-specific purposes.

3.    Improving business intelligence and analytics. Many companies are now to the place where they can make real use of business intelligence. Using the vast amount of data at their disposal, they can make even better business decisions with a fairly high confidence rate.

4.    Data explosion. Big data presents a challenge to IT. Even though storage media have grown significantly, our data needs have kept pace and in some cases are outpacing it. Beginning in 2012, companies may need to once again start making important decisions about what can be stored and what cannot be stored.

5.    Greener servers. Low-energy servers are on deck. Distributing virtual servers across many tiny physical servers that use tremendously low volumes of energy will help data centers to keep pace with energy demand, and maybe even create some breathing room.

Noticeably absent from this list is, of course, cloud computing. While cloud technologies are making their way to consumers via iCloud and other initiatives, many companies will choose to be in something of a holding pattern as cloud standards continue to develop and as major players like Google and Amazon battle over the enterprise IT cloud market. Cloud solutions aren’t diminishing, by any means, but they may not receive as much attention in 2012 as they have in the past few years.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.