Cisco’s first-ever Tech Radar Report unveiled the top tech trends for 2014, providing valuable information to the IT channel.
The trends are based and gathered by the intelligence of over 70 global technology scouts from Cisco. The report’s key trends to watch in South Africa include:
Machine-to-Machine, Person-to-Machine and Person-to-Person Connections
An observation was made that practically everything- shoes, refrigerators, jet-engine parts- will have tiny sensors that generate terabytes of data, which can be sifted for key insights. If this prediction will happen in the nearby future, resellers will be able to sell more products and related services, which will increase revenue. Vendors are also starting to showcase their M2M products to the IT channel, a wave you might want to consider.
Context Aware Computing
The channel can benefit from this emerging trend, as you will be able to anticipate your customers or partners’ immediate needs. You will also be able to stay on top of your game by improving decision making through context-driven recommendations.
Browser-Based Video and Collaboration
According to Cisco, this will enhance employee productivity by integrating text notepads, whiteboards and audio-visual conferences into a real-time web-based multimedia space. The opportunity for the channel partners would be to navigate their customers in determining the best way to enable browser-based video collaboration in their businesses.
Video Mega Trends
Cisco predicts that real-time video will transform digital imaging, enhancing the viewing experience on smartphones, televisions, tablets and cameras. Why? With more people using real-time video collaboration, the bigger the demand gets for superior digital imaging. This creates an opportunity for resellers to offer professional services such as employee training via video, support services to their customers, and have online meetings with channel partners.
Big Data needs to be analysed at a rate that is faster than Usain Bolt. This puts the IT channel in a good position to take advantage with hardware resale and Big Data consulting services, as more and more companies are looking to conduct big data projects.
Security will be critical for business growth, while adapting to the new Internet. More and more businesses are likely to implement cloud-based mobile device management solutions to protect personal and corporate information, due to an increase of Bring Your Own Device. This puts resellers in the position to sell more software related products and services.