Reviewing 2013

As a busy year draws towards its’ conclusion, it’s traditional to look back and take stock of what happened in the previous 12 months.

If you’re in the business of technology, looking back on everything that happened this year might be enough to give you a headache – it seemed to be that kind of year.

One of the big questions many people ask at this juncture of the year is to ask which platforms, products and big ideas made the most impact in 2013.

Of all the interesting shifts we have observed over the course of 2013, the greatest impact appears to have been in the increased usage of mobile devices as common web access tools. We have almost certainly seen mobile devices pass PCs as the most popular devices with which to access the web, complete transactions, control equipment remotely etc. It is now estimated that by 2015, over 80% of handsets in mature markets will be smart phones. This will come as no surprise to many.

As a follow through of this, it is expected that throughout 2014, JavaScript performance will push HTML5 and the browser as a mainstream application developer environment as the demand for an ever greater, richer browsing experience is demanded by consumers.

We have also seen people increasingly at ease with the concept of cloud based storage and the ability to sync across multiple devices. As services become more important; devices become less important. Initial concerns about how secure personal data would be in the cloud data appears to be slowing dissipating as more and more people adopt services offered by companies such as DropBox.

Strategic Big Data is also an area of high importance – we have seen the need for organisations to focus on non-traditional data types and external data sources. Next year will see Hadoop and NoSQL gain further momentum. It’s also likely that Big data will meet social.

With all of the above in mind, 2014 promises to be a fascinating year for technology and Jurupa is looking forward to playing a starring role in helping top talent to find the very best new opportunities.

Aaron Davies

December 2013