Information Technology Forecasts for 2012

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MANILA, Philippines - Mobile Internet was the hottest thing in 2011. What's to look forward to this year? We ask those at the helm.

The era of big data, James Velasquez, Country Manager, IBM Philippines

The IT industry and the broader economy are being transformed by the rising tide of global integration, by a new computing model and by new client needs for integration and innovation. Organizations are transforming their business and creating smarter systems in order to compete effectively, locally and globally. Advancing these systems to be more instrumented, intelligent and interconnected requires a profound shift in management and governance toward far more collaborative approaches.

Let me share some of the key trends IBM is looking at for 2012:

Smarter computing. Over the last three years, IBM recognized that there was a pattern to the way that most successful companies were approaching their IT infrastructure. These companies were thinking about computing in new ways-and using it to create formidable opportunities for growth and innovation-despite facing such challenges as tremendous demands for service, inflexible infrastructures, flat budgets and incomplete, unreliable data. To be sure, the winners in this new frontier, the era of big data, will be the businesses that tap into and leverage this information to make better choices, find innovative solutions and respond to trends better and faster than their competitors. But they can only succeed if the overall architectures of their computing systems are smart enough to keep up.

Through a new approach we call Smarter Computing, enterprises can tackle constraints they are facing from this explosion of data, inflexible infrastructure, escalating IT costs, and security and reliability concerns. It is realized through an integrated IT system that is designed for big data through advanced analytics to harness real-time data for deeper insights, necessary for forward-thinking companies and especially in the government sector, as agencies cannot make quick, smart decisions, without the most relevant, accurate information. They must therefore collect, store, manage and secure all available data, in all forms to build a holistic, integrated vision across institutions and sectors. By analyzing and harnessing information from all aspects of society, governments can better collaborate internally and with public and private partners to improve existing services and pioneer new initiatives that improve our lives.

Smarter Computing is also realized through being tuned to the task by helping to automate and integrate advanced business process management through matching workloads to optimized systems, which can all be managed with cloud technologies. This means organizations and governments must be able to support specific workloads with an enhanced computing framework, but must also be flexible enough to respond to changing needs, to capitalize on emerging opportunities from these changes. This will result in double capacity for IT services, flat IT costs and the ability to implement new breakthrough services. Smarter computing is so fundamental and core, that it is not optional-it is not a journey that you start or a project that you finish-it is actually becoming the way we do things, through leveraging the most relevant technology in analytics, cloud computing and workloads.

Social business. The world is becoming more social. Just as e-business changed business forever, now, 10 years later we find ourselves at another junction: the coming of age for Social Business-as social computing, policies, governance and cultures are integrated into enterprise design. The explosion of mobile devices and new Cloud delivery models has paved a unique way for industries to take step further in transforming the era of Social Business.

Today, everyone is a broadcaster, publisher and a critic-there is nowhere to hide, and transparency is the new price of entry. …