Keeping Up With What’s Ahead18 Dec, 2014
With a new year starting out, the idea of forecasting “what’s ahead” is always top of mind. What are some of the platforms industry researchers are touting for the future?
Gartner research reported that the “Big Data” demand will reach or affect 4.4 million jobs globally, but only one-third of those jobs will be filled. Why? Gartner says the demand for Big Data is growing but that organizations and enterprises will need to reassess their competencies and skill levels to respond to this “big” opportunity.
Jobs that are filled will result in real financial and competitive benefits for those organizations that hired the properly skilled employees. It was cited that an important aspect of the challenge in filling these jobs lies in the fact that enterprises need people with “new skills” — data management, analytics and business expertise, and non-traditional skills necessary for extracting the best value of Big Data, as well as artists and designers for data visualization. These are important skills to consider when hiring.
Another interesting factor to consider is, by 2017, 80% of consumers will collect, track and barter their personal data for cost savings, convenience and customization. This trend will grow larger in 2015-16. I don’t have a crystal ball but Gartner’s Top Predictions up to the year 2020, include focusing on disruptions brought about by digital business, the Internet of Things (IoT), smart machines, and the onset of the Digital Industrial Revolution.
Without question, we will face a new set of realities in a much larger context in the years ahead due to the ongoing evolution of technology. It doesn’t matter if we’re up in the cloud, or on the ground with consumables. Sooner than later, we’ll have to adjust our business guide book to stay relevant.
In fact, read more predictions from today’s leading authorities in office equipment, supplies and services inside imageSource Magazine’s December issue at http://www.imagesource.com, and look to exhibit or attend the premiere ITEX Expo & Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, March 10 – 12, 2015 where you can find the latest information and tools on managed print services, consumables/toner supplies, managed services, document management, sales & service strategies, and so much more! At http://www.itexshow.com.