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Here’s a quick look at what’s out and what’s in for IT in 2014. What’s out: Mobile, especially Mobile First. What’s in? Experience First. Mobility has become a means to an end now. People now demand compelling, engaging, context-aware experiences that catch them in the moment, that deliver services when they most need or want them. People want an emotional connection to the companies they do business with, and mobility is definitely one tool that can be used to deliver that. Certainly, mobility is going to continue to grow, people are still catching up in certain areas. and it will be a critical delivery channel, but it’s not only about mobility any longer. It’s really about the experience. And it’s a multi-channel experience, that will grow to include wearables. What’s out: general-purpose wearables -- Segway for your face? No, thank you.  What’s in, use-specific w... (more)

How to Save Money While Doing Green IT

There have been a flurry of "green cloud" announcements recently, and that got us thinking about the relationship between green IT and saving money. Green is also the color of money, after all, and companies are discovering that reducing data center costs leads to substantial green benefits. The cloud takes cost reduction and green even further. In the first announcement, IBM continues to innovate in cloud and in green, and it has patented technology for distributing compute workloads for cloud computing in a way that reduces power consumption. I'd liken it to a load balancer, b... (more)

Creative Use Cases for 3D Printing

There are a ton of exciting things also happening in the world of 3D printing. It’s no longer solely useful for printing action figures. At CES, for example, a company called 3D Systems was printing 3D candy. They are doing a deal with Hershey’s to do 3D chocolate. If they can do it for chocolate, then wider use of 3D printing is sure to follow. What’s really exciting is that people have been finding a plethora of use cases for 3D printing in fields such as medicine. There have been stories just recently about 3D printed patches for skulls. Or, at Wake Forest University, a resea... (more)

IT and the Mobile User Experience

Smart phones and tablets may be great tools for users, but they’ve been a nightmare for IT. Business users -- customers, partners, and employees – now demand their smart devices get anytime anywhere access to business critical systems. And if IT can’t support them, they’ll go elsewhere -- creating a dangerous ‘shadow IT’ that exists outside traditional IT’s control, which creates a huge security risk. That’s why it’s important for IT to understand the proper mobile experience their users demand. Join an upcoming TweetChat hosted by @TrendsinTech this Tuesday, January 28th at 1p... (more)