Companies are embracing a range of technologies in moving their businesses forward. I work with businesses looking to deploy some or all of these technologies:
• Social networking – both within the enterprise and, externally, in working with customers, partners and suppliers. Social networking has become the norm in our personal lives– and there is an expectation that social networking type solutions should be available in the workplace. Companies are also looking to monitor and/or manage their presence on the established social networks.
• Cloud computing – this offers new ways to deploy applications, experiment with new solutions, avoid significant upfront investment, rebalance IT budgets between fixed and variable costs.
• Semantic web – provies solutions for working with the masses of unstructured data available on the web and methods for companies to make their content more useable e.g. media companies. The linked open data movement has also become a global movement.
• Mobile computing has taken off with the availability of smartphones, tablets and other devices. Web presences and business applications need to be designed for accessibility from mobile devices. Businesses are looking to leverage development in telecoms and mobile devices to provide relevant, timely information on location – be that office, home, vacation or, say, a construction site.