Welcome to 2012!
Almost a month has already passed, but 2012
still seems pretty fresh to me.
NRG, we are seeing trends in Information
Technology that started in 2011 continue
into 2012. Two of the biggest topics
currently are Mobility and the Cloud.
The presence of mobile devices is increasing
at an ever faster pace. As Apple continues
to dominate the tablet space, more and more
applications continue to be written for the
iPhone and iPad. It is this cycle of
continuous improvement in application
development that is fueling the move to
mobile devices. When the first smartphones
or tablets came out, they were “cool” but
did not have a use for everyone. Now we are
starting to see changes in tablet
applications that make more of a difference.
One such application is subscription based
manuals. Instead of receiving updates to
books or manuals in paper form, options now
exist to receive electronic versions that
are supported on tablets. This not only
eliminates the paper, but saves time on
updates. Many people, who have no other use
for a tablet, now see a need for one to keep
up to date on their manuals. Once they have
the device for the primary purpose (in this
case updating manuals) it starts to open
even more doors to make things more
The second big technology driver is the
Cloud. Cloud computing has been around for a
long time with various names. Today’s
“Cloud” offerings are much more robust,
often with little difference from the
on-premise versions of the same application.
Many times we are asked “will Cloud
offerings eliminate the need for an
on-premise server?”. We don’t think so.
There are often needs that can only be
serviced by an on-premise server. However,
there are many excellent Cloud-based
solutions that tie in very nicely to create
a hybrid solution.
Recently, while developing a proposal for a
client, we found that they had a need to
have an on-premise server. By utilizing
Microsoft’s Office 365, we were able to
offer additional solutions to compliment and
work with the on-premise server, while
harnessing the power of the Cloud to keep
costs as low as possible. It was this hybrid
approach that made the solution cost
effective for the client and will enable
These are just a couple examples of how
Mobility and the Cloud are being used. Keep
a watch out as discussions continue over the
next year about these technologies. As
always, if you have any questions about how
to harness the power of these new
technologies, just give us a call.
Chris Brown, Vice President, NRG Technology