This week saw news of the Microsoft-Nokia deal, more rumblings about net neutrality, and green data centers getting a major spotlight in the mainstream. Beyond those and many other events, technology continues to change the state of the workplace, software-defined power is showing promise for the data center, and results from first-quarter 2014 highlighted some key trends to watch. Here’s a look at some of the newest and most interesting research content published on Gigaom Research.
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Gigaom Research launched the first of a three-part series analyzing the way in which today’s workplaces uses technology to grow. Based on two global surveys of both young workers and the IT professionals who support them, Stowe Boyd’s analysis finds that the gap between the two groups is not so large when it comes to the new mobile and collaboration technologies. In fact for the most preferred means of office collaboration (email, IM, company social network), IT organizations are actually ahead of employee preference in providing support. IT departments also perform well on supporting mobile business applications, which suggests that simply making these technologies available in the workplace is not enough. Companies must focus on encouraging workforce adoption if they are going to harness the promised productivity gains.
With software-defined networking and software-defined storage forming the basis for a new vision of the virtualized data center, the fact remains that somewhere something needs to be plugged. So it may be time to consider power in the same way. Software-defined power, as David Linthicum writes, holds the promise of treating power as a resource that can be dynamically allocated like the rest of the data center. It’s early in the technology’s development but the potential high cost related to outages makes improved power management an interesting proposition for many data center operators.
In two quarterly wrap-up reports, Gigaom Research looks back at key trends that affected the mobile industry and technology buyers generally over the first quarter. Several key mobile sectors saw major acquisitions and Colin Gibbs assesses the impact of Facebook-WhatsApp on messaging apps, Google-Nest on Internet of things, and VMware-Airwatch on mobile device messaging. Laura Stuart highlights the changes in IT departments, including the automation of traditional IT functions and the shift of responsibilities to nontechnical employees, driven by the increasing consumerization of enterprise technologies.