Below are a few IT surprises that might happen in 2012.
Knowledge worker productivity drops due to mobile adoption
In 2012 there will be a dip in productivity for knowledge workers due to increased mobile usage. Mobile applications are simply not mature enough to add enough value to the knowledge worker. However knowledge workers massively increase usage of mobile devices. This will lead to a temporary drop in productivity resolved in 2013 when mobile apps mature.
Google Docs discontinued
Google has a habit to stop services of products that are less successful. True but isn’t Google Docs hugely successful? It is but this might change in 2012. Google docs is focused on the 10% functionality used by most of the end-users. However end-users want superb experience and Google Docs isn’t giving that. The popularity of mobile and sync products will shy end-users away from the clumsiness off browser based office products. Once in its decline Google will shut it down….
Yahoo bounces back with new enterprise offerings
What was the name of that company that once shined in the previous century? Ahh Yahoo! Well I predict a comeback for Yahoo in 2012. Not in the consumer or search space though. Once they discover the value of their enormous assets for the enterprise market they will be back as a winner. It might happen in 2012.
More tablet users in India then in the rest of the world combined
Big governments can make big move and the Aakash tablet is on the run. By 2012 India will surpass all other mobile usage in the entire world leaving Apple’s IPad far behind.
“Occupy Oracle” movement initiated by leading CIO’s
It’s already happening; Oracle is on the decline. Face it, every CIO is tired of the dominance of Oracle. In 2011 we saw the fall of many dictators in the Middle East and Africa. In 2012 it is time for the dictators of the software industry. CIO’s will start to bundle forces by the creation of the CIOOO [“show”] group; “CIO’s that Occupy Oracle”. They will massively camp in Redwood Shores while communicating by shouting “CIOOO me the value”. Next stop; Redmond….