Happy Holidays and my 2013 predictions

Written by Alex Antonatos. Posted in Blog

First off, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with prosperity, health and happiness!  Wishing you all the best for 2013.

Below are my personal predictions for 2013: 

In the technology space, Saas (cloud) will continue to rise, IT will continue to deploy new technologies using the cloud technologies like ERP, EPM, CRM and helpdesk will be moving to the cloud for IT to focus on higher value activities. As we became proficient in social and mobile, I think the cloud will change the traditional way of doing business and will continue to be embraced by businesses. Smaller and mid-size companies will likely continue to adopt the SaaS model more rapidly, but I find that large, multi-national clients will continue to be uncomfortable and the adoption rate will be slower for reasons of lack of control and security offered by SaaS solutions.

As I mentioned last year, I see the end of the typical PC desktop, as we use it today, the launch of Windows 8 will help make that scenario happen, thanks also to the introduction of more tablets that will run on Windows 8 as well as other tablet integrations will be announced byApple and Google.  I think 2013 the nasty fights between these large players will cease for example: Apple vs Google. Apple vs Samsung etc. and we may see cooperation between these titans with a joint venture open source operating system. 

ERP/CRM/EPM space will go mobile, integration , solution architecture will remain hot skillsets for 2013.

Lawsuits in 2013 will continue. This prediction should not happen if ERP/CRM vendors, consulting firms and implementation partners win projects with accurate and truthful estimates. Some companies still work by promising the world and delivering less than expected, over budget and later than promised. Lawsuits often describe instances where theERP/CRM/EPM systems failed to deliver any of the expected business results. Always hire an independent consultant to be your watchdog or counterpart (this will help you with critical thinking and to minimize groupthink). 

SAP and Oracle will continue they’re buying spree and continue the path towards consolidating the market.

CIO’s biggest headaches will continue to be increasingly complex infrastructures, distributed end users, and a constant expectation forperformance.

As for BI/DW, the concept of single corporate data warehouse is dead. Multiple systems need to be tied together. The Big data push will continue as Hadoop and nosql should maintain their upside momentum. 2013 part of many solutions of that puzzle will be corporate data that already exists and how to make it available for decision making.

The end of privacy for all of us, if you don’t believe me, just ask David Patraeus. He thought Google Gmail’s Draft folder would protect his privacy. As you read in the news, it did not...

My top 5 2013 hot skills will be

1)    Brain Power: Critical Thinking, Complex Problem Solving, Judgment and Decision-Making

2)    Application development, I think a trend will evolve and the death of legacy applications may occur faster than we think, companies should continue their affection with vanilla/out of the box implementations, developers will be required to support the decommissioning of these legacy systems.

3)    Having experience in production implementations in corporate wide systems the trend of integration and solution architecturein corporate enterprise will be stronger than ever in 2013.

4)    Project management with know-how It's no longer enough for project managers to possess good people skills and to be fluent in tools and methodologies. To succeed , project managers need technical skills and need to understand the different type ofpersonalities that are included in any organization.

5)    Business intelligence/logic analysis skills must possess the technical knowledge, business knowledge, and strong data and mathematical analysis skillset 

As I mentioned last year my favorite area of growth is Artificial intelligence and the consumerism of robots will begin.

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In the financial markets, this year’s Barron’s end of year magazine all financial experts predicted a 2013 growth by an average of at least 10%, as a contrarian I will take a more conservative approach. I believe all these analysts are too optimistic when it comes to the stock market.

Last piece of advice, negative news on tv, radio, internet is increasing at an exponential rate. Be a contrarian.

You are capable of extraordinary things. Be optimistic.

Optimism, therefore, is also an important component of achievement, and is especially important in times of chaos, change and turbulence. Those who have an optimistic outlook will roll with the punches, will be more proactive and persistent and will not abandon hope. Never forget ... Your Success is not an accident.

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