As the year draws to a close, businesses will often reflect on the year, taking a moment to identify wins, losses, and areas of improvement in their organization. However, this time of year also signals a significant opportunity, as it is a prime time for business leaders to look at the projected trends of 2014 to ensure their organization is prepared for what is next.
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While all 10 of Gartner’s trend predictions offer corporate leaders food for thought, there are a few areas that should be thoroughly examined by enterprises that have or are considering implementing Microsoft Dynamics along with an integrated accounts payable/accounts receivable workflow automation solution (
- Mobile device diversity and management – While this prediction has been extensively discussed around the idea of 'bring your own device' (BYOD), Gartner said it expects the mobile workforce to double or triple in size because of it. Employees want their mobile device to act like their computer, and Microsoft Dynamics users will come to expect the same functionality on their mobile device as their desktop. IT departments will continue to be a key player in setting BYOD policies while balancing flexibility for employees.
- The Internet of Everything – The Internet in 2014 is no longer just PCs and mobile devices. As a society we’re expecting internet access in other areas such as cars and televisions which opens up opportunities for technology vendors. However, many businesses are not currently operationally or organizationally ready and need to determine how their products, services, and assets can be shared no matter the medium. According to Gartner, there are four basic usage models: manage, monetize, operate, and extend. These models can be applied to the Internet of Things, which includes people, information, things, and places.
- Hybrid cloud and IT as service broker - Gartner suggests that bringing together personal clouds and external private cloud services is essential to business success. Enterprises should design private cloud services with a hybrid future in mind and make sure future integration/interoperability is possible.As Microsoft continues its Dynamics ERP shift to the cloud, it will be interesting to see how businesses deploy their services.For example, next April, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 will be hosted on the Windows Azure platform, and Microsoft Dynamics GP and NAV are already cloud-ready. At Metafile, we also understand that a flexible business is one poised for success and offer cloud-based version of our paperless document manager MetaViewer. Internal and external clouds will provide even more options for businesses to host their data and services to find a solution that works for them.
- The era of personal cloud - Gartner said the push for more personal cloud technologies will lead to a shift toward services and away from devices. Previously, devices were king, but now, the type of device one has will be less important, as the personal cloud takes over some of the role that the device has traditionally had with multiple devices accessing the personal cloud. Many versions of the Dynamics suite are already accessible via multiple devices, so now the focus has become offering a streamlined experience and same user functionality no matter the device and location.
Looking at predictions such as these can be daunting for many enterprise organizations; however, it is essential to look at these trends with a long‐term mindset. Many of these trends will be a continual evolution for organizations over the next several years. It’s time to think strategically about the state of technology and evaluate how it can shape the future of your business.
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