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The I.T. Industry’s Picks for 2011

14 February 2011 No Comment

Submitted by Vincent Macaskill

So what are the I.T industry’s biggest players predicting for 2011? Here are some of the most popular trends currently being talked about:

3D Without The Glasses

At a recent conference, brands like NEC, Samsung and Toshiba have paraded 3D television images without the need for you to wear special glasses. Unfortunately due to current cost, the target market is commercial advertising and not your living room.

Social Media Money

Facebook game users will be familiar with earning or buying credits for virtual upgrades or additions to their games. It’s thought Facebook may extend this to allow more businesses to use Facebook as a commerce platform for selling their goods. Twitter also may also add a financial component, as businesses seek to capitalize on the fans (followers) that they’ve attracted.

Location Based Services

When Google adds nearby businesses to your search results (Google Places), you know that location-based content is going to be big.  Instead of wading through information that spans your entire city, perhaps this year it will be the easiest to find the ‘nearest’ product, service or special deal.

Tablets Move Into Business

The tablet computer has developed a reputation for addictive games, but its portability means it naturally crosses over to your work desk from your coffee table. This year you may see more business-focused applications, especially those designed to assist sales teams.

Cloud Computing

This is the one that the I.T industry is placing all of its bets on. Though still fairly quiet in the small business sector, larger businesses have already been strategizing how using other people’s servers could reduce their infrastructure costs.

This year, more small businesses will attempt to figure out if paying for technology on-demand will be significantly more affordable than purchasing their own I.T infrastructure.

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