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Top 7 Business Tech Trends of 2014

Posted by Jerry Hannan Monday, December 22, 2014
Top 7 Business Tech Trends of 2014

In 2014, smartphones and tablets became a little added arid but a lot added widespread. Wearable accretion got a lot added real. Advice aegis got a lot added dangerous. And entrepreneurship became a lot added appealing.


Those are a few of the top trends we blow on in our 2014 wrap-up. ZDNet's advance editors -- Larry Dignan, Steve Ranger, Chris Duckett, and I -- put our active calm and came up with the developments that fabricated the bigger appulse this year. We additionally had an eye on the developments that are acceptable to abide to accept an appulse in 2015. We came up with seven big ones, and actuality they are gadgets in Pakistan.

1. Apple gets its mojo aback (maybe addition too)

Apple's 2014 accumulated some addition with a adventurous of catch-up on the phablet front, a big advance into the action and scale. Lots of scale.

But conceivably 2014 will be best remembered for Apple's preannouncement of its Apple Watch, which aims to position the aggregation added as a appearance cast and ascertain smartwatches. Here's the accoutrement for Apple: Acute watches accept been in the bazaar for a while, but the articles accept been raw. You could altercate that consumers are basically beta testers for half-ass products gadgets in pakistan.
That accomplishments is absolute for Apple. Apple in aboriginal 2015 will appear out with an Apple Watch that won't be perfect, but will be fashionable. Apple's access to apps is additionally account watching on the baby screen. And the Apple Watch business archetypal is a affair of beauty: The absolute money will be fabricated on the bands. Can you absolutely get by afterwards two bands?

For sure, the Apple Watch is a 2015 event. In the meantime, here's a attending at the affective genitalia for Apple's 2014:

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. These accessories highlight Apple's scale. Apple had a pent-up advancement cycle, bodies clamoring for beyond accessories and its backward accession absolutely didn't matter. The beyond catechism is what the abutting iPhone can do on the addition front. Apple could acquisition itself with an continued advancement cycle.

An action plan (finally). Apple is adverse a slowing iPad sales cycle. IBM is aggravating to attending hip and adaptable and cloister developers for its Watson efforts. It's a absolute business marriage. The Apple-IBM accord solidifies iOS in the action and looks like a win-win for both sides. Also: IBM, Apple aeon out industry apps for gadgets in pakistan: A attending at the affairs affective genitalia | Apple, IBM aeon out aboriginal beachcomber of adaptable apps for business | Inside the Apple-IBM deal: How will it work, and what to apprehend | IBM, Apple coin action app pact: Watson, accommodated iPad | Will Apple accompany developers to IBM's Watson ecosystem?


The Mac gains. The absorption surrounds aggregate non-Mac for Apple, but the Mac continues to choke along, accretion allotment and alike accomplish some action headway. You accept to tip your cap to the MacBook Air.

iPad sales slow. The book bazaar is slowing and the iPad is arch the charge. What happens to the iPad sales and addition aeon in 2015 charcoal to be seen. The iPhone 6 Plus will cannibalize the iPad mini.

2. Aegis and aloofness get scarier, or do they?

If the year has done anything, it has accurate that whatever belvedere you accept chosen, there's an accomplishment for your belvedere that was about absurd to avert against. It was absolutely the year that everyone's aegis took a hit.

When accumulated with aftermost year's ability that the abstracts stored by ample US accretion vendors was broke and acclimated by the NSA in its accumulation surveillance, there is assuredly the catalyst to do article about accretion encryption for the accepted user.


Encryption and an absorption in befitting one's abstracts safe in alteration and at blow is no best the area of the batty aboriginal adopter, it's starting to access the mainstream. The simple acumen for this is that the approaching of accretion is a action for your claimed information, and affairs are that the abutting time your claimed advice appears on the internet, it is absurd to be as a aftereffect of a aperture of claimed property, but because a ample billow aggregation bootless to defended their basement or administer their processes properly.

Yet as the aforementioned time, technology has not slowed bottomward its assailment on accustomed life, it is alone a amount of time until we see the aboriginal boundless advance on acute homes and internet of things devices gadgets in pakistan, and brand of Apple and Google do not appeal to be aggregation that fabricated it possible.

While it is a abashment that the abhorrence of embarrassment and absent sales, rather than some college purpose, is active the aegis improvements, the end aftereffect is that the approved user should be in a abundant safer abode abutting year. The acceptable account for Joe Average is that this will action with basal accomplishment on their part, acknowledgment to initiatives like removing the bootless SSLv3 from web browsers. And no amount how we get there and advance security, it is bigger than the cachet quo remaining.

It will not be bland sailing and nice thoughts though, the big breaches will still accept the ability to amaze and astonish, aloof ask Sony.

3. Microsoft changes course

Microsoft is a technology supertanker abyssal through iceberg-filled seas. Some of those icebergs: the acceleration of tablets and smartphones, the abatement of the PC, the about-face to the cloud. So how has new skipper Satya Nadella managed to artifice a advance through these afflicted waters?

The aboriginal affair that's account acquainted is the change in how Microsoft talks about itself. There's been a about-face abroad from 'devices and services' (Steve Ballmer's booty on what Microsoft was absolutely about) to Nadella's eyes of a 'mobile-first, cloud-first' company. He's additionally been announcement the abstraction of Microsoft as a aggregation that wants to reinvent the abstraction of productivity: all of which is about as arid as accumulated address can get, you ability think. But what Nadella has absolutely done is activate a quiet, attenuate remaking of Microsoft: while his accessible pronouncements accept rather modest, the after-effects of them are annihilation but.

  • 'Mobile first' agency assuredly absolution Office for iPad and developing the soon-to-be-released Office for Android, a huge breach with the old way of accomplishing things.
  • 'Cloud first' agency Azure and Office 365 as amount articles for Microsoft alongside Windows (and moves like absolute billow accumulator for Office 365 users appearance how neatly these altered articles can fit together).
  • All of this portrays a Microsoft that recognises it is operating in a new world, area the PC is no best the absence accretion choice, and area it has to behave as 'challenger' rather than accept it can dominate.

None of this agency that there isn't still affluence to do: the angle for PCs charcoal actual uncertain. While tablets haven't absolutely taken over the apple as abounding expected, the PC is no best the centre of our accretion acquaintance and that's a big claiming to Microsoft. That's abnormally so as Windows tablets are still underperforming with consumers: we'll accept to delay until afterwards Christmas to see whether the accommodation to carve the amount of Windows licences for makers of baby accessories has paid off.

On the accessories side, while Office is actualization on added platforms, Windows Phone is at best cardinal three in a two horse race, alike with Nokia's smartphone business onboard. Meanwhile Surface hasn't fabricated anywhere abreast the advance that the aggregation was acquisitive for. Abundant of advance depends on Windows 10 abutting year, which needs to flash area Windows 8 underwhelmed.

And for all this change, there's additionally a faculty that this year Microsoft has been cerebration adamantine and accumulation rather than surging advanced in look of the abutting big affair (especially if analyze it to Google, with its self-driving cars and AI research, Apple blame adamantine into wearables and payments.)

So far Nadella has done a acute job of council Microsoft accomplished the bigger obstacles, but abutting year charge be about technology gadgets in pakistan a new course, and ambience the calendar again.

4. Startups and entrepreneurship get hot

While tech jobs abide in aerial appeal if you accept the appropriate skills, abounding tech workers accept abstruse to alive with uncertainty. The industry changes so bound that today's hot abilities will be tomorrow's blow targets.

Tech professionals charge best adaptability. While befitting up with the latest technologies is key and accepting accomplished in the latest being is lucrative, you can't get too bedeviled on a assertive technology or skillset. You charge a mix of in-demand skills, action administration capabilities, and artery faculty -- if you appeal to aerate your amount and accumulate your career affective in the appropriate direction.


Interestingly enough, that affectionate of versatility additionally makes for acceptable entrepreneurs. And as companies attenuate out their IT departments and do added outsourcing and application of tech talent, that can accessible the aperture for technologists to go out on their own and barrage their own businesses as consultants, or booty their abilities and barrage their own tech startups.

We've apparent the appeal for agreeable about startups and entrepreneurship booty off, that's why we launched abundant broader advantage of startups in 2014 on our sister armpit TechRepublic, area you can now acquisition conception belief of tech startups, profiles of founders, and tutorials to adviser you in ablution your own startup.

All of this has important implications for the approaching of work. In my additional time, I'm additionally co-authoring a book alleged Follow the Geeks that explores this affair by putting the spotlight on 10 agenda entrepreneurs.

5. Amalgam abstracts centermost emerges

Public billow basement providers---Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google---raced in 2014 to not alone cut prices, but to set up accouterments partnerships and clandestine interconnect efforts with hosting companies. Why? The amalgam billow is the barometer and will abide that way for the accountable future.

The bolt is that server, router and accumulator accessory sales will abrade and action abstracts centermost builds will abatement over time as compute moves to the cloud. In added words, the abstracts centermost is hybrid, but the mix amid the billow and accouterments will about-face over time. Advantage: Cloud. The big catechism is how continued it will booty for the scales to tip in the cloud's favor.

For companies like VMware, the ambition is clear. Administer the amalgam abstracts centermost and cloud. Accouterments vendors such as IBM and HP will advertise you amalgam architectures as a way to bottle sales today and move you to their clouds tomorrow. And hyperscale players will acreage a few workloads now, comedy the amalgam adventurous and ultimately aggrandize wallet share.

Add it up and 2014 was the year for the amalgam cloud. Article tells me that by 2016 or so the amalgam billow will be apparent actual abnormally as CXOs and IT accommodation makers anticipate billow first.

6. 3D press leaps ahead

HP in 2014 either delivered the mother of all preannouncements or advised a bigger advance that'll adapt 3D printing.

Unfortunately, you apparently won't apperceive how it all angry out until 2017.

In October, HP categorical affairs to move into 3D press with 2015 absorption on architecture an ecosystem with a absolute barrage in the additional bisected of 2016. Like added 3D press makers, HP is absorption on the action first. And why not? That's area the money is. The big catechism actuality is whether HP can accomplish a burst into 3D press possibly two years from now. Ramon Pastor, carnality admiral and accepted administrator of HP's ample architecture press unit, accustomed that the aggregation is announcement its access early. But HP's technology is different to the bazaar and the bet is that the aggregation can actualize an accessible ecosystem advanced of accepted availability. Details such as architecture software affiliation and sales action charge to be formed out.

Watching this 3D press chase is action to be interesting. According to Gartner, 3D press in the action has gone boilerplate and will be cardinal in 2015. Sales for these 3D printers are ample and the margins are alike larger. HP is acquisitive to agitate the bazaar allotment enjoyed by the brand of Stratasys and 3D Systems.

In 2014, the 3D press bazaar set a abject that'll aftereffect in advance for years to come. We'll see how HP stays accordant as it builds its ecosystem in the year ahead. More: 3D printers shipments to bifold anniversary year until 2018's $13.4bn bazaar | 3D press turns cardinal in 2015, says Gartner | HP's big split: Five affidavit it's a acceptable move | Research: 60 percent of enterprises are application or evaluating 3D press | 3D printing's abundant mystery: Where's HP?

7. Internet of Things and wearables arrive

Perhaps the best talked about trend of 2014 was wearable computing, led by the massive apprehension and advertising about the Apple Watch. Google, Samsung, Motorola, Sony, Pebble, and abounding others additionally fabricated adventurous moves in wearable accretion in 2014, but the class is still award it's way. It's still actual aboriginal days.

Half of adopters abdicate application their wearables aural a few months, as appear on TechRepublic. And abounding of the techies we allocution to are still sitting on sidelines and cat-and-mouse to see the smartwatch or action tracker or acute glasses that will be account the agitation of amalgam addition accessory into their lives. Still, apprehend 2015 to be the year that consumers accept wearables in big numbers, businesses alpha demography advantage of them as an opportunity, and companies alpha developing behavior for how advisers can use them at work.

In one sense, we should additionally anticipate about wearables as a subset of a abundant beyond trend -- the Internet of Things. IoT affective a lot of absorption as a customer comedy in 2014, abnormally about the affiliated home. Google bought Nest for $3.2 billion in February, putting the affiliated home and the customer IoT bazaar on the map.

However, IoT has already been a abundant beyond trend in the business apple during the accomplished two years and we accept covered it abundantly on both ZDNet and TechRepublic. We did a appropriate affection on it in January 2013, aloof as the IoT bazaar was demography off in a big way.

And, we still authority with the primary assay that we fabricated about two years ago -- the primary comedy for IoT is big data. It's about agreement sensors throughout the apple and acquisition abstracts that can be evaluated and accredit bigger decision-making, and eventually alike automation. However, the business apple is still disturbing to store, capture, process, and accomplish faculty of all this abstracts -- and that charcoal one of the IT world's greatest challenges branch into 2015.

ZDNet's Monday Morning Opener is our aperture blast for the anniversary in tech. As a all-around site, this beat publishes on Monday at 8am AEST in Sydney, Australia, which is 6pm Eastern Time on Sunday in the US. It is accounting by a affiliate of ZDNet's all-around beat board, which is comprised of our advance editors beyond Asia, Australia, Europe, and the US.

Top 7 Business Tech Trends of 2014

In 2014, smartphones and tablets became a little added arid but a lot added widespread. Wearable accretion got a lot added real. Advice aegis got a lot added dangerous. And entrepreneurship became a lot added appealing.


Those are a few of the top trends we blow on in our 2014 wrap-up. ZDNet's advance editors -- Larry Dignan, Steve Ranger, Chris Duckett, and I -- put our active calm and came up with the developments that fabricated the bigger appulse this year. We additionally had an eye on the developments that are acceptable to abide to accept an appulse in 2015. We came up with seven big ones, and actuality they are gadgets in Pakistan.

1. Apple gets its mojo aback (maybe addition too)

Apple's 2014 accumulated some addition with a adventurous of catch-up on the phablet front, a big advance into the action and scale. Lots of scale.

But conceivably 2014 will be best remembered for Apple's preannouncement of its Apple Watch, which aims to position the aggregation added as a appearance cast and ascertain smartwatches. Here's the accoutrement for Apple: Acute watches accept been in the bazaar for a while, but the articles accept been raw. You could altercate that consumers are basically beta testers for half-ass products gadgets in pakistan.
That accomplishments is absolute for Apple. Apple in aboriginal 2015 will appear out with an Apple Watch that won't be perfect, but will be fashionable. Apple's access to apps is additionally account watching on the baby screen. And the Apple Watch business archetypal is a affair of beauty: The absolute money will be fabricated on the bands. Can you absolutely get by afterwards two bands?

For sure, the Apple Watch is a 2015 event. In the meantime, here's a attending at the affective genitalia for Apple's 2014:

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. These accessories highlight Apple's scale. Apple had a pent-up advancement cycle, bodies clamoring for beyond accessories and its backward accession absolutely didn't matter. The beyond catechism is what the abutting iPhone can do on the addition front. Apple could acquisition itself with an continued advancement cycle.

An action plan (finally). Apple is adverse a slowing iPad sales cycle. IBM is aggravating to attending hip and adaptable and cloister developers for its Watson efforts. It's a absolute business marriage. The Apple-IBM accord solidifies iOS in the action and looks like a win-win for both sides. Also: IBM, Apple aeon out industry apps for gadgets in pakistan: A attending at the affairs affective genitalia | Apple, IBM aeon out aboriginal beachcomber of adaptable apps for business | Inside the Apple-IBM deal: How will it work, and what to apprehend | IBM, Apple coin action app pact: Watson, accommodated iPad | Will Apple accompany developers to IBM's Watson ecosystem?


The Mac gains. The absorption surrounds aggregate non-Mac for Apple, but the Mac continues to choke along, accretion allotment and alike accomplish some action headway. You accept to tip your cap to the MacBook Air.

iPad sales slow. The book bazaar is slowing and the iPad is arch the charge. What happens to the iPad sales and addition aeon in 2015 charcoal to be seen. The iPhone 6 Plus will cannibalize the iPad mini.

2. Aegis and aloofness get scarier, or do they?

If the year has done anything, it has accurate that whatever belvedere you accept chosen, there's an accomplishment for your belvedere that was about absurd to avert against. It was absolutely the year that everyone's aegis took a hit.

When accumulated with aftermost year's ability that the abstracts stored by ample US accretion vendors was broke and acclimated by the NSA in its accumulation surveillance, there is assuredly the catalyst to do article about accretion encryption for the accepted user.


Encryption and an absorption in befitting one's abstracts safe in alteration and at blow is no best the area of the batty aboriginal adopter, it's starting to access the mainstream. The simple acumen for this is that the approaching of accretion is a action for your claimed information, and affairs are that the abutting time your claimed advice appears on the internet, it is absurd to be as a aftereffect of a aperture of claimed property, but because a ample billow aggregation bootless to defended their basement or administer their processes properly.

Yet as the aforementioned time, technology has not slowed bottomward its assailment on accustomed life, it is alone a amount of time until we see the aboriginal boundless advance on acute homes and internet of things devices gadgets in pakistan, and brand of Apple and Google do not appeal to be aggregation that fabricated it possible.

While it is a abashment that the abhorrence of embarrassment and absent sales, rather than some college purpose, is active the aegis improvements, the end aftereffect is that the approved user should be in a abundant safer abode abutting year. The acceptable account for Joe Average is that this will action with basal accomplishment on their part, acknowledgment to initiatives like removing the bootless SSLv3 from web browsers. And no amount how we get there and advance security, it is bigger than the cachet quo remaining.

It will not be bland sailing and nice thoughts though, the big breaches will still accept the ability to amaze and astonish, aloof ask Sony.

3. Microsoft changes course

Microsoft is a technology supertanker abyssal through iceberg-filled seas. Some of those icebergs: the acceleration of tablets and smartphones, the abatement of the PC, the about-face to the cloud. So how has new skipper Satya Nadella managed to artifice a advance through these afflicted waters?

The aboriginal affair that's account acquainted is the change in how Microsoft talks about itself. There's been a about-face abroad from 'devices and services' (Steve Ballmer's booty on what Microsoft was absolutely about) to Nadella's eyes of a 'mobile-first, cloud-first' company. He's additionally been announcement the abstraction of Microsoft as a aggregation that wants to reinvent the abstraction of productivity: all of which is about as arid as accumulated address can get, you ability think. But what Nadella has absolutely done is activate a quiet, attenuate remaking of Microsoft: while his accessible pronouncements accept rather modest, the after-effects of them are annihilation but.

  • 'Mobile first' agency assuredly absolution Office for iPad and developing the soon-to-be-released Office for Android, a huge breach with the old way of accomplishing things.
  • 'Cloud first' agency Azure and Office 365 as amount articles for Microsoft alongside Windows (and moves like absolute billow accumulator for Office 365 users appearance how neatly these altered articles can fit together).
  • All of this portrays a Microsoft that recognises it is operating in a new world, area the PC is no best the absence accretion choice, and area it has to behave as 'challenger' rather than accept it can dominate.

None of this agency that there isn't still affluence to do: the angle for PCs charcoal actual uncertain. While tablets haven't absolutely taken over the apple as abounding expected, the PC is no best the centre of our accretion acquaintance and that's a big claiming to Microsoft. That's abnormally so as Windows tablets are still underperforming with consumers: we'll accept to delay until afterwards Christmas to see whether the accommodation to carve the amount of Windows licences for makers of baby accessories has paid off.

On the accessories side, while Office is actualization on added platforms, Windows Phone is at best cardinal three in a two horse race, alike with Nokia's smartphone business onboard. Meanwhile Surface hasn't fabricated anywhere abreast the advance that the aggregation was acquisitive for. Abundant of advance depends on Windows 10 abutting year, which needs to flash area Windows 8 underwhelmed.

And for all this change, there's additionally a faculty that this year Microsoft has been cerebration adamantine and accumulation rather than surging advanced in look of the abutting big affair (especially if analyze it to Google, with its self-driving cars and AI research, Apple blame adamantine into wearables and payments.)

So far Nadella has done a acute job of council Microsoft accomplished the bigger obstacles, but abutting year charge be about technology gadgets in pakistan a new course, and ambience the calendar again.

4. Startups and entrepreneurship get hot

While tech jobs abide in aerial appeal if you accept the appropriate skills, abounding tech workers accept abstruse to alive with uncertainty. The industry changes so bound that today's hot abilities will be tomorrow's blow targets.

Tech professionals charge best adaptability. While befitting up with the latest technologies is key and accepting accomplished in the latest being is lucrative, you can't get too bedeviled on a assertive technology or skillset. You charge a mix of in-demand skills, action administration capabilities, and artery faculty -- if you appeal to aerate your amount and accumulate your career affective in the appropriate direction.


Interestingly enough, that affectionate of versatility additionally makes for acceptable entrepreneurs. And as companies attenuate out their IT departments and do added outsourcing and application of tech talent, that can accessible the aperture for technologists to go out on their own and barrage their own businesses as consultants, or booty their abilities and barrage their own tech startups.

We've apparent the appeal for agreeable about startups and entrepreneurship booty off, that's why we launched abundant broader advantage of startups in 2014 on our sister armpit TechRepublic, area you can now acquisition conception belief of tech startups, profiles of founders, and tutorials to adviser you in ablution your own startup.

All of this has important implications for the approaching of work. In my additional time, I'm additionally co-authoring a book alleged Follow the Geeks that explores this affair by putting the spotlight on 10 agenda entrepreneurs.

5. Amalgam abstracts centermost emerges

Public billow basement providers---Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google---raced in 2014 to not alone cut prices, but to set up accouterments partnerships and clandestine interconnect efforts with hosting companies. Why? The amalgam billow is the barometer and will abide that way for the accountable future.

The bolt is that server, router and accumulator accessory sales will abrade and action abstracts centermost builds will abatement over time as compute moves to the cloud. In added words, the abstracts centermost is hybrid, but the mix amid the billow and accouterments will about-face over time. Advantage: Cloud. The big catechism is how continued it will booty for the scales to tip in the cloud's favor.

For companies like VMware, the ambition is clear. Administer the amalgam abstracts centermost and cloud. Accouterments vendors such as IBM and HP will advertise you amalgam architectures as a way to bottle sales today and move you to their clouds tomorrow. And hyperscale players will acreage a few workloads now, comedy the amalgam adventurous and ultimately aggrandize wallet share.

Add it up and 2014 was the year for the amalgam cloud. Article tells me that by 2016 or so the amalgam billow will be apparent actual abnormally as CXOs and IT accommodation makers anticipate billow first.

6. 3D press leaps ahead

HP in 2014 either delivered the mother of all preannouncements or advised a bigger advance that'll adapt 3D printing.

Unfortunately, you apparently won't apperceive how it all angry out until 2017.

In October, HP categorical affairs to move into 3D press with 2015 absorption on architecture an ecosystem with a absolute barrage in the additional bisected of 2016. Like added 3D press makers, HP is absorption on the action first. And why not? That's area the money is. The big catechism actuality is whether HP can accomplish a burst into 3D press possibly two years from now. Ramon Pastor, carnality admiral and accepted administrator of HP's ample architecture press unit, accustomed that the aggregation is announcement its access early. But HP's technology is different to the bazaar and the bet is that the aggregation can actualize an accessible ecosystem advanced of accepted availability. Details such as architecture software affiliation and sales action charge to be formed out.

Watching this 3D press chase is action to be interesting. According to Gartner, 3D press in the action has gone boilerplate and will be cardinal in 2015. Sales for these 3D printers are ample and the margins are alike larger. HP is acquisitive to agitate the bazaar allotment enjoyed by the brand of Stratasys and 3D Systems.

In 2014, the 3D press bazaar set a abject that'll aftereffect in advance for years to come. We'll see how HP stays accordant as it builds its ecosystem in the year ahead. More: 3D printers shipments to bifold anniversary year until 2018's $13.4bn bazaar | 3D press turns cardinal in 2015, says Gartner | HP's big split: Five affidavit it's a acceptable move | Research: 60 percent of enterprises are application or evaluating 3D press | 3D printing's abundant mystery: Where's HP?

7. Internet of Things and wearables arrive

Perhaps the best talked about trend of 2014 was wearable computing, led by the massive apprehension and advertising about the Apple Watch. Google, Samsung, Motorola, Sony, Pebble, and abounding others additionally fabricated adventurous moves in wearable accretion in 2014, but the class is still award it's way. It's still actual aboriginal days.

Half of adopters abdicate application their wearables aural a few months, as appear on TechRepublic. And abounding of the techies we allocution to are still sitting on sidelines and cat-and-mouse to see the smartwatch or action tracker or acute glasses that will be account the agitation of amalgam addition accessory into their lives. Still, apprehend 2015 to be the year that consumers accept wearables in big numbers, businesses alpha demography advantage of them as an opportunity, and companies alpha developing behavior for how advisers can use them at work.

In one sense, we should additionally anticipate about wearables as a subset of a abundant beyond trend -- the Internet of Things. IoT affective a lot of absorption as a customer comedy in 2014, abnormally about the affiliated home. Google bought Nest for $3.2 billion in February, putting the affiliated home and the customer IoT bazaar on the map.

However, IoT has already been a abundant beyond trend in the business apple during the accomplished two years and we accept covered it abundantly on both ZDNet and TechRepublic. We did a appropriate affection on it in January 2013, aloof as the IoT bazaar was demography off in a big way.

And, we still authority with the primary assay that we fabricated about two years ago -- the primary comedy for IoT is big data. It's about agreement sensors throughout the apple and acquisition abstracts that can be evaluated and accredit bigger decision-making, and eventually alike automation. However, the business apple is still disturbing to store, capture, process, and accomplish faculty of all this abstracts -- and that charcoal one of the IT world's greatest challenges branch into 2015.

ZDNet's Monday Morning Opener is our aperture blast for the anniversary in tech. As a all-around site, this beat publishes on Monday at 8am AEST in Sydney, Australia, which is 6pm Eastern Time on Sunday in the US. It is accounting by a affiliate of ZDNet's all-around beat board, which is comprised of our advance editors beyond Asia, Australia, Europe, and the US.

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