Global Trends in the IT and Telecom SectorBreaking News, Technology Sunday, February 26th, 2012
The main trends in the global technology market today include: geo-spatial visualization (i.e. use of location-aware data), digital identities, deeper data analysis, measured innovation, and outside-in architecture (i.e. delivering business through an ecosystem). The heavy hitters for 2012 are predicted to be (but likely not limited to) social integration in the enterprise, hybrid cloud/on-premise storage solutions, and enterprise mobility.
These were some of the point points raised during the Stanton Chase EMEA Technology Team meeting, which was held on the 3rd and 4rth of February 2012 in the Amsterdam office.
Concerning the major market trends identified within the global technology business, Stanton Chase Technology practice leaders expect to see much deeper integration amongst the three main subsectors of the industry (ie Software/Hardware, Telecommunications and IT Services & Semi-Conductor Industry) during 2012 — especially along with the expansion of cloud computing as that continues to develop and flesh out.
Two topics that have been batted around in 2011 but should get some more attention in 2012 are gamification and user empowerment. We have seen some businesses touch upon the incentives of gamification at work for productivity and team building purposes, but the Stanton Chase team expects to be able to see more of this in action more as the solution evolves and gets picked up by more companies. Additionally, bringing-your-own-device to work has become an ever-so-pressing issue in 2011 for IT departments and CIOs, and the Technology practice group team of Stanton Chase predicts for this to continue as end-users become empowered to directly grab solutions from the cloud or app stores for their mobile devices and computers.
As one of the global leaders in Executive Search, Stanton Chase International is organized across 9 practice groups. The Technology Practice, which focuses on Clients with core business in the three subsectors mentioned above, ie Software/ Hardware, Telecommunications, IT Services and Semi-Conductor Industry, is the third leading practice globally in terms of revenues.
The meeting was hosted by Jan-Bart Smits, EMEA Technology Practice Leader, with the presence of Tom Goorman, Global Practice Leader and the support of George Cross, International Chairman of Stanton Chase. The general conclusion is that the 2012 outlook is positive and that the year will be one of continued growth despite the financial and economic head-winds.