Top 10 Technology Predictions for 2013

Deloitte's annual analysis of tech, media and telecom trends reveals both opportunities and challenges for SMEs

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Based on in-depth interviews with clients, Deloitte alumni, industry analysts, global industry leaders and more than 8,000 Deloitte’s practitioners, Deloitte’s Top 10 Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions for 2013 include:

  1. Don’t assume your password will remain secure. Over 90% of user-generated passwords will be vulnerable due to our lack of diligence and increasingly smarter hackers.
  2. Despite dire predictions for cable TV, more than 99% of North American subscribers will keep their subscriptions. The question becomes how can TV operators best meet subscriber demands.
  3. Two of the top three over-the-top (OTT) TV program and movie services are likely to be provided by existing broadcasters or distributors. But TV companies will realize OTT services aren’t core, content is.
  4. TV screens with 4 times the resolution of HD will hit the Canadian market by year-end. Due to greater challenges in rolling the screens out, the elusive ROI may take more time.
  5. It’s not over for the traditional PC. Despite strong sales of tablets and smartphones, the PC is alive and well—and will remain the primary device for work and play.
  6. Crowdfunding will withstand some very real risks and will raise $3 billion in the year ahead. As a source of investment, crowdfunding portals are growing at more than 50% a year.
  7. Businesses will succeed at unleashing innovation in tablets and smartphones only when they see them as two distinct categories. Opportunities for advertising will then be multiplied.
  8. By the end of the year, over 90% of Fortune 500 companies will have an Enterprise Social Network (ESN). Adoption won’t be easy, however.
  9. Over 50% of Fortune 500 companies will allow employees to bring their own computer at work. But the “Bring Your Own Computer” trend will require clear corporate security and privacy guidelines.
  10. The demand for wireless spectrum will lead to more congestion for users. Regulators and carriers will be working to alleviate the issue.

Read: Deloitte TMT Predictions 2013

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