Changes and improvements in technology are leading us ever closer to the workplace of the future. Make sure you know which way the wind’s blowing with our summary of the top BYOD, big data and cloud news from February 2013.
Not the remotest chance of remote working at Yahoo!
Unless you’ve shunned all news media for the last couple of weeks, you have probably heard that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has banned remote working at her organization. Why? She found that the working hours of people logging in remotely through Yahoo’s VPN were lower than she would have expected.
As this Policymic article argues, we’ll see soon enough whether this policy will help Yahoo’s fortunes or not. It flies in the face of some studies, which show the productivity benefits of a remote working policy. But why has there been such an outcry at a move which is similar to the type of decisions made every day in the corporate world?
What’s your IT Priority?
A Computer Weekly and TechTarget survey on IT priorities has found that Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is still the most popular form cloud adoption in UK enterprises, with 55% of those surveyed stating that they plan to use these services in 2013.
More interestingly, putting into a place a BYOD policy was seen as more important than the use of cloud services, with 49% planning on allowing users to bring their own smartphones, and 29% aiming to do the same for tablets. In terms cloud services, only 12% aimed to produce policies for cloud email services, 13% planned to facilitate Google Docs and 16% to put into place support for Dropbox. Is it really wise to focus on the device over the services that they use?
Cloud and the Entrepreneurial Boom
A recent Rackspace survey, of a not insignificant 1,300 UK and US executives, found that they are mainly very positive about the cloud, with many claiming that it will lay behind the next great leap in entrepreneurialism – in fact, 52% said that they themselves would have had difficulty or would simply not have been able to afford their own internal IT resources, without cloud services. 66% claim that the cloud, public or private, has helped to reduce their IT costs, and among these respondents the general savings averaged at 23%. Not too bad.
With 4G in Europe barely out of the oven, there’s already been talk at MWC 2013 about preparing for 5G, so Europe doesn’t fall behind next time. VP of the European Commission Neelie Kroes has promised €50m in funding for research into 5G mobile data networks. Read more in this article from The Register.
Healthcare in the Cloud
The healthcare industry is beginning to make use of cloud services, despite some concerns around security and storing sensitive data, according to InfoWorld. A Markets and Markets report predicts cloud computing in the sector to grow at a CAGR of 20.5% between 2012 to 2017.
Behaviour of Cloud Users
The results of recent SilverSky survey of 200 US security experts and CIOs have been shown in a new visualization, looking at what businesses think of the cloud and how they plan to use cloud services in the future. Despite some worries about topics like security (74% were concerned about this), confidence in the cloud is not wavering – 97% of those surveyed have “increased or maintained their confidence in the cloud in the last 12 months.” Want to know more about what businesses think of the cloud? Check out full infographic below:
Bring Your Own Security?
MWC 2013 has seen some interesting advances in mobile device security. This is good news for those grappling with BYOD policies, as it makes it far harder to compromise a device that has been lost or stolen. Take a look at this eye-scanning security software from Eyeprints:
Everything as a Service
Is it the end of localized computing? Jason Perlow at ZDNet certainly thinks so. In his article, ‘The PC of 2023 is your smartphone and cloud’, he makes a compelling case for the end of high end devices. By 2023, he suspects, everyone will access nearly all, if not actually all, of their software and data directly from the cloud. To do so, people will use disposable, non-upgradable hardware, which is vendor-neutral, enabling people to switch OS on a whim (or after careful consideration – but we’ll have the ability to do so on a whim, at least). Such devices need to be little more than a data-hungry receptacle for subscription-based cloud services, with complementary hardware to allow the device to act as a laptop or even desktop device – Perlow thinks even the most demanding content creation tasks will be possible through the cloud eventually, including 2D and 3D rendering. It’s not that much of a leap to assume this will be possible a decade from now – WeVideo is already enabling video editing in the cloud, through a mobile device.
Have you seen any headlines that have grabbed your attention this month? Let us know below.