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Mobile Cloud Is on Everyone’s List for 2014

In recent years, enterprises have gradually moved their applications and services to the cloud as a way of reducing infrastructure costs while still increasing capacity. Now it’s mobile’s turn to take advantage of cloud’s tremendous benefits. 
As we end a new year and embark on a new one, mobile and cloud computing are converging to create a new platform—one that has the potential to provide unlimited computing resources. Mobile devices have made great strides in recent years, but they still don’t have the memory, processing power, and battery life as their personal computer counterparts.
But combined with cloud computing, mobile has the potential to become even more powerful to enterprises and consumers alike. Cloud computing would enable both data processing and storage to happen outside of mobile devices.
Adding cloud computing to mobile would create what IDC calls the “Third Platform.” It would allow for better data synchronization, improved reliability and scalability, increased ease of integration, and anytime-anywhere access to business applications and collaborative services. Furthermore, analysts predict richer user experiences and an explosion of new services.
Nearly every technology advocate—including IEEE Computer Society—included some vision of mobile cloud on its list of technologies poised to make an impact in 2014. For IEEE Computer Society, mobile cloud came in at No. 1The emergence of the mobile cloud was deemed so important that IEEE Computer Society is dedicating a one-day symposium dedicated to it. 
Rock Stars of Mobile Cloud, scheduled for 6 May in Boston, will cover insights into this emerging paradigm shift from leaders in the field such as Dell Estratius Vice President of Enterprise Solutions Bernard Golden, SAP Vice President of Mobile Strategy Nick Brown, and VMWare CTO of End-User Computing Scott Davis. View the full list of speakers here.
Gartner foresees what it calls a "Nexus of Forces"--the convergence of social, mobile, cloud, and information to drive change and create new opportunities, creating demand for advanced programmable infrastructure that can execute at webscale.
Aspects of mobile and cloud were among several of Gartner’s top 10 strategic technology trends for 2014. Gartner expects that the growing variety of devices, computing styles, and tripling of the mobile workforce will make “everything everywhere” strategies unachievable. In response to improved JavaScript performance, developers will have to come up with new ways to create larger applications. Enterprises will need to design private cloud services with a hybrid future in mind. And 2014 will also see the further rise of the personal cloud.
IDC predicts that “2014 will be all about pitched battles all across the Third Platform,” including in mobile devices and platforms, cloud services, and in big data and social technologies. Furthermore, according to IDC, large enterprises will be making big “put up or shut up” investments in cloud, mobile, and big data.
Forrester, meanwhile, notes that firms increasingly have cloud and mobile strategies, but the limiting factor will be how quickly traditional applications can be rewritten to take advantage of cloud. In addition, companies may need to revise their strategies to keep them in line with the current technology landscape.
To make sure you have the knowledge to navigate the changing landscape, register for Rock Stars of Data. Team discounts are available, and those who register now can save $100 off full price.
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