Advancement in Mobile Devices and Social Media, Means IT Managers Must Be Up To Speed
It’s widely expected that Internet traffic will quadruple within the next three years as more people around the world take the plunge and join the global technological revolution. By 2015, it’s also anticipated that there will be more than 30 billion pieces of content posted to Facebook alone each month, with the monthly number of searches on Twitter reaching 32 billion.
This explosion of Internet technology can easily be viewed as both a blessing and a curse, depending on who you are. For the general public it’s fantastic. If you’re an IT professional, the need to be right in tune with the very latest in emerging consumer technology trends is going to be even greater than today.
That’s the message coming from the organizers of iTech Infrastructure Technology Summit, Canada’s pre-eminent IT exhibition and conference, which takes place in four major cities this year, two of which are next month.
“One of the top trends for 2012 is the fact that bring-your-own-technology (BYOT) to work is now the norm,” says Chuck Wright, Director of iTech Summit, citing a recent report from Gartner Inc. “That means significant data and security challenges ahead for IT departments,” he explains, adding that whether you’re an end-user, system integrator, value-added reseller or IT decision-maker, you not only need to stay abreast of the latest advances in mobile devices and social media, but you also need to learn about the implications for your business and the solutions available to help manage them. These solutions – and much more – can be found at the upcoming summits:
Other top industry trends to watch for in 2012, notes Wright, include “big data” – the term coined for the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created each day that needs to be effectively managed and stored using techniques like de-duplication; the emergence of extremely low energy servers as a cost-effective way to store data; and, continued adoption of cloud computing, along with new strategies for securing hybrid environments that include information stored in the cloud and on corporate servers.
“We’re now entering a post-Windows PC era where the number of smartphones, tablets and other high-end devices available to workers is growing,” says Wright, referring to the emerging trend as the “consumerization” of IT. “For IT professionals, the result is a more complicated system environment to support.”
Now in its 12th year, iTech Summit is a one-day educational event designed to give buyers and sellers an opportunity to research new products and services, and network with peers. Featuring a comprehensive conference program, large exhibitor area and live product demonstrations, iTech Summit offers the educational content IT professionals need to maximize their business operations, including topics such as cloud computing, de-duplication, backup and security, and how to do more with less.
At iTech Summit, end-users will discover how to build a strategic plan to demonstrate their ongoing business value and enable the delivery of consumer-focused IT services. For resellers, the event is an affordable way to showcase products and services to local buyers in both the public and private sectors, say show organizers.
The first stop on the four-city tour is at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal on Tuesday, May 15. Two days later the event heads west to Toronto’s International Centre. The western stops take place in the fall, first at Edmonton’s Northlands Coliseum on October 23 before wrapping up at the Vancouver Convention Centre on October 25. Seminar programs run from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with the trade shows going from 9 am to 4 pm. For more information, go to www.itechsummit.ca.