IT industry set to change in 2014

06 December 2016

It is safe to assume that the IT industry will change in 2014, as it does every year. New trends develop that affect our personal and business use of IT. Some may only be short fads that come and go within a year or two whilst others may influence how businesses are managed around the world.

Former Windows leader Steven Sinofsky, who is recognised as one of the smartest people in technology, has outlined his predictions for the year that include: the demand for lowcost devices will explode, cloud based tools will continue to experience rapid growth, phablets will become more popular and cloud storage limits will disappear.

Despite all of Steven Sinofsky’s predictions none of these are going to be the big story of the year. The year is going to be defined by one decision and a decision that could change the IT industry forever. At this stage no one can answer with any authority just how, but it has many industry experts waiting with bated breath.

The news they are waiting for is: who will become the next CEO of Microsoft?

Current CEO Steve Ballmer stated in August he would retire within a year and ever since Microsoft has been searching far and wide for his successor. It is widely recognised whoever is appointed as Microsoft’s CEO by its four-man committee, which includes co-founder and Chairman Bill Gates, has the potential to change the long-term future of an industry giant.

Microsoft has only had two CEO’s in its 38-year history and, to add a little more pressure on the job, whoever takes on the role will instantly become one of the most influential people in the IT industry.

Furthermore, it is vital they get it right for the development of the business, as the tech giant has struggled ever since it failed to recognise the mobile revolution until it was too late.

On the financial side, 2013 has been a difficult year, despite its stock climbing by more than 40%; the company was hit by a series of downgrades over the summer and has lost ground to its major competitors in mobile computing, Apple and Google.

Microsoft is desperate for change with reports surfacing the company won’t even make final decisions on major capital investments until it selects its next CEO. Nonetheless, these are just short term issues, as the new CEO will have to decide fairly swiftly if Microsoft should continue in its current direction. Steve Ballmer started converting the software giant into an organisation that makes a variety of devices such as tablets and phones that use the services of Microsoft. But will the new CEO stop this transformation and set out a new plan to rejuvenate this tired tech titan?

It is likely whatever the new leader does in the first 100 days, will set the tone for the next five to 10 years.

Regardless of which direction the new CEO takes Microsoft, there is no doubt the IT industry will change in ways no one will have predicted. Most likely these changes won’t take place immediately and we won’t see much change in 2014, maybe even 2015, but further down the line the decisions the new CEO makes will impact the role of Microsoft software and technology within your business and your personal life.

Posted on: 06/12/16