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Verizon Identifies Five Key Business-Tech Trends in 2013 for Enterprises



   Verizon Identifies Five Key Business-Tech Trends in 2013 for Enterprises

Cloud, Connected Machines, Mobility, Intelligent Networks and Security Tip the
Scales of Opportunity

PR Newswire

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Nov. 27, 2012

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The new year will see
greater adoption of advanced technology to meet changing demands of
enterprises while increasing productivity and creating new experiences for
customers, according to Verizon's top business-tech trends for 2013. 

"As companies look to transform their businesses in the year ahead, Verizon is
zeroing in on the most meaningful opportunities for our enterprise and
government clients worldwide," said David Small, senior vice president and
chief platform officer for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "Next year, we are
continuing to sharpen our focus on harnessing the power of our advanced
technology platforms to deliver industry-specific solutions that unlock
productivity and value for our clients, their customers and society."

Here are the Verizon Enterprise Solutions five top business-tech trends, also
featured in a video and infographic, for the coming year:

1.  The Forecast Is Bright for Hybrid Clouds

Distributed data centers and the intelligent wired and mobile networks that
connect them now represent a viable alternative to traditional virtual private
network (VPN) methods that long have formed the backbone of distributed
enterprise communications for a generation. Next year, there will be a
significant shift from VPNs to public, private and, importantly, hybrid
clouds. "By 2013, more than 60 percent of all enterprises will have adopted
some form of cloud computing," according to a Gartner report.^1

"To keep up with the changing demands of today's enterprise, the ideal
platform needs to be secure and easy to use and configure," said Small. "In
2013, if you can't switch workloads between public and private clouds, you
won't be competitive.  This next year will require a bold approach to
embracing change and re-engineering networks in support of cloud-based
applications."

Examples of recent cloud advancements include health care clouds that help the
health care industry address the privacy requirements under the federal Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); clouds that help retail
and other business transactions comply with Payment Card Industry standards;
and clouds that help the public sector comply with the Federal Information
Security Management Act.

2.  The Mobile Majority Is Taking Charge

According to Forrester, "a full 66 percent of employees now use two or more
mobile devices for work"^2 -- and that has far-reaching implications. 

"Employees – and the customers they serve – have less and less separation
between their work and private lives," Small said.  "Enterprises in 2013 must
accommodate and prioritize this new demand for efficiency and productivity,
and information technology departments will play a key role in meeting the
growing appetite for professional mobility on a personal level."

As a result, companies will increasingly adopt cloud-based enterprise mobility
strategies – creating "personal clouds" where employees can use enterprise
applications to do their jobs more effectively.  In addition, companies will
be more proactive in tackling the challenges associated with dealing with the
division of employees' personal and professional lives, by using mobile-device
management and private application storefronts to create a more secure, mobile
work environment.

3.  Connected Machines Drive New Insights

The "Internet of Things" has arrived, and it will continue to grow to meet
specific industry requirements.  According to a Gartner report, "In 2011, over
15 billion things on the Web with 50 billion+ intermittent connections will
grow by 2020 to over 30 billion connected things, with over 200 billion with
intermittent connections." ^ 3  

Machine-to-machine (M2M) connections now cover much more than smart energy
delivery and smart cars.  For example, elaborate networks of sensors with
direct machine-to-machine connections now underpin connected health care and
the first consumer-ready wave of automotive telematics. 

"Verizon's acquisition of Hughes Telematics will help fuel this evolution,"
said Small. "In 2013, this dramatic growth will extend to retail, finance and
manufacturing."

The ability to collect, store and analyze overwhelming volumes of data will
define which enterprises extract the best insights and make the most agile
decisions, to their competitive advantage.  As a result, all enterprises –
both business and government – will need to work with vendors having strong
and global ecosystems.

For example, in Charlotte, N.C., Envision Charlotte Smart Energy Now and Smart
Water Now projects, a private-public initiative in which Verizon is
participating, illustrates the potential of connected machines to better
manage critical resources.  Verizon is gathering energy and water-usage data
from a network of machine-to-machine devices and is transporting near
real-time information to kiosks utilizing Verizon's high-speed 4G LTE wireless
network.

4.  Networks Will Be Smarter Than You and Invisible 

An intelligent fabric that connects everything and everyone will render
underlying networks invisible to end users, even as overall IP traffic grows
at a compound annual growth rate of 29 percent through 2016, according to the
Cisco Visual Networking Index.^4 ^

"Improvements in network reliability and resiliency, coupled with intelligent
end points, serve as the foundation for connecting smart machines and smarter
people," Small said. "We will see a shift in 2013 to more dynamic networks,
pervasive IP connections, and purpose-built networks that serve businesses,
consumers and society.

"From retail transactions to high speed trading to the digital signs that
communicate with us on a daily basis, the network is omnipresent in the
background.  It continues to grow in importance, as well as just how much we
take it for granted."

5.  Security is the New Arms Race

In 2013, security will move out of the specialist realm and become a
mainstream IT must-have.  Security breaches span access, infrastructure and
apps.  They happen on fixed and mobile networks.  They impact physical,
intellectual and financial capital. And the scope is global, according to
the"Verizon 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report." ^ ^5   

"We expect identity security to be a much more prevalent issue in 2013," Small
said. "Two-factor authentication is already gaining adherents, but it won't be
enough to counteract the increasing amount and intensity of criminal activity
pursuing both intellectual property and financial gain."

"The race is on to protect every endpoint, every device and everything
connected to the Internet.  While the Internet affords us countless
opportunity it also comes with a price. No longer is strong security an
option; it's a mandatory requirement for all organizations to protect their
intellectual and physical capital, customer identities and society at large,"
Small said.

Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth,
drive business innovation and move society forward.  With industry-specific
solutions and a full range of global wholesale offerings provided over the
company's secure mobility, cloud, strategic networking and advanced
communications platforms, Verizon Enterprise Solutions helps open new
opportunities around the world for innovation, investment and business
transformation.  Visit verizon.com/enterprise to learn more.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is
a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline
communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale
customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network,
with nearly 96 million retail customers nationwide. Verizon also provides
converged communications, information and entertainment services over
America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business
solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the
Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon
employs a diverse workforce of 184,500. For more information, visit
www.verizon.com.

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^1 Network World "Gartner: Top 10 emerging infrastructure trends," June 5,
2012
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/060512-gartner-trends-259883.html

^2 Forrester Research, Inc., "Benchmarking your Enterprise Mobile Device
Operations Initiatives and Plans," Oct. 10, 2012 Michele Pelino with Stephie
Balaouras, Christopher Voce and Thayer Frechette 

^3 Forbes, "Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013," Oct. 23,
2012
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericsavitz/2012/10/23/gartner-top-10-strategic-technology-trends-for-2013/

^4Cisco Visual Networking Index, May 30, 2012
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns827/networking_solutions_sub_solution.html

^5 Verizon 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report
http://www.verizonbusiness.com/resources/reports/rp_data-breach-investigations-report-2012_en_xg.pdf

 

SOURCE Verizon

Website: http://www.verizon.com
Contact: Debbie Lewis, +1-215-466-6872, debbie.lewis@verizon.com; Janet
Brumfield, +1-614-723-1060, janet.brumfield@verizon.com; Jo Perrin, +44 118
905 2251, jo.perrin@intl.verizon.com
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