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Software applications and business tools get smarter
In addition to progress with enterprise applications, traditional analog business tools are becoming increasingly smart and digitized. Machine to machine communication will change the way enterprises plan logistics, maintain security, and even conduct human resources.
Splunk, a $190 million San Francisco based corporation that went public last year, offers web applications for analyzing massive sets of machine generated data. This year also saw a flurry of robot and smart machine oriented acquisitions and investments (Boston Dynamics by Google, and Amazon's automated delivery drones to name a few).
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But in 2014, expect smart machines and embedded sensors to transform the way the enterprise perceives and manages operational health and productivity.
Enterprise applications with real-time operational data feeds from factory machines, truck fleets, and facility sensors will be a godsend for executives. But from an IT perspective they will require enhanced security to manage access and protect information.
Regardless of the industry, disruptive technologies will transform the way enterprises manage, augment, and analyze operations. From our biased perspective, we believe that innovative software development will be the catalyst for such growth in 2014.
Enterprises will use HTML5 as an economical way to build cross-platform apps for employees. Individual departments from HR to Finance will start churning out their own exclusive apps for relevant employees. And as 2014 emerges and progresses, software development trends will continue to evolve alongside smart devices and sensor embedded industrial equipment.
Throughout 2014, enterprises will continue to assert control over the real-time data that is central to their growth, while providing pervasive and secure access to employees who put such data to work.
— By Himanshu Sareen
Himanshu Sareen is the founder and CEO of mobile-app and web-development company Icreon Tech in New York City. Follow Icreon on Twitter @icreontech.