Happy Holidays! & my top 5 - 2014 predictions
As we near the end of 2013, I would like to express my gratitude for your continued dedication and enthusiasm and all the positive two way communication we had this year. I know this is a busy time of the year with the holidays among us, but it also helps us remember 3 of the most important things that matter in life: Family, Friends and Health!
Top 5 2014 predictions
1. Technology is helping every business, large and small, to move forward. Entrepreneurs are building social solutions at a fraction of the cost and competing with the large enterprise. As cloud-dedicated datacenters grow in number and importance, the market for server, storage, and networking components will continue their double digit growth. I predict by the end of 2014 , 90 % of Fortune 500 companies (yes its aggressive currently 35% have it) will have an active customer community, they will team up with smaller businesses to make it happen using a cloud platform to enable change quicker. The paradigm shift towards customer communities will be parabolic in the next 3 years.
2. The stock market last year, predicted 100% your investments in stocks (80 % Technology and 20% Energy) , worked out well here is the link to the 2013 predictions http://www.appsconsultant.com/item/happy-holidays-and-my-2013-predictions . This year I think you should remain in the stock market but diversify, I will be changing my portfolio to a 25% Precious metals 25% Technology 25% Utilities and 25% Cash. I believe 2014 will be another good year for the stock market but I expect big moves up and down & opportunities will arise. In my view, interest rates and inflation will stay low
3. 2014 is the year of the wearable technologies, Google Glass, Samsung, Apple… Objects on our bodies - health monitors, smart glasses will explode.
Homes and businesses will begin a shift towards (smart thermostats, lights, appliances and security systems) that will all be able to be programmed to interact in complicated and unexpected ways once the internet knows that we’re present and what our intentions might be. For example, a first stepping stone for the smart home might be when you ¸reach 100 meters from your home, it will switch off your security system, this includes energy saving setups like activating or minimizing your air conditioner or heating system when you leave for work.
This area is moving fast check this video, we are currently able to digitize our sensing capabilities and responses to specific needs, wants and emotions, interesting prototype-camera-uses-your-brainwaves-to-snap-pics
The internet of things (devices like your fridge, home appliances, alarm systems, cars…will create a world of invisible switches, this will oblige us to use wearable technologies and keep us connected at all times.
omplaints can be devastating in the age of viral tweets, Facebook and blogs.
I think in 2014 a focus on training employees and managers will be given by corporations to build the reflex of humility and empathy towards the customer. In 2014, customer remains king.
5. Data encryption boom in 2014. The Edward Snowden’s leaks will be a massive move by large technology companies, both in enterprise and consumer markets, to evolve new encryption technologies and products that use them. IT Security will remain a hot skill for 2014.
What are your thoughts on 2014...