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3 Trends That Will Make Life Harder for CIOs in 2014


With the New Year will come new changes, and the CIO might be facing the most changes of all. Rob Enderle comments on three new tech trends that we should all be watching in 2014. First, there’s robotics, which might sound like the start of some Jetson-era coolness, but only if it’s used in the right way. There’s the question of maintenance and management, as robots, just like PCs will eventually need software updates. Choosing a vendor for this robot maintenance is uncharted territory that should be approached with as much research as possible.


Second, there’s the issue of 3-D printing and copyright infringement. Don’t be blindsided by the ability to recreate cool things, remember that protecting intellectual property is serious business. Fortunately, IT already has some experience with this. Past policies for printers and photocopiers should be updated to include 3-D printers ASAP.

And Fashion, Oh My!

Finally, there’s wearable technology. As BYOD can now mean smart watches, Google glass, and other forms of head-mounted cameras and miniscule tape recorders, it’s time to revisit the policies you already have in place for smartphone and tablets. If you anticipate these devices being more help than hindrance, set the stage quickly so employees know when it’s appropriate to use these devices and when they have to leave the smart watch at home. A new year doesn’t have to mean completely new rules, but 2014’s new technology might mean it’s time to revisit the old rules and brush up on what you do know as you prepare for the future.

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About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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