By any measure, the number of mobile devices, number of mobile applications and the number of online purchases, 2013 was the year of mobile.
Specifically, smartphones and tablets. Indications are that 2014 will be the year of the Internet of Things or IOT.
But what is the Internet of Things or IOT? Limiting mobile to only smartphones and tablets is a narrow definition. The Internet of Things takes a much broader view including the connected car, wearable devices, smart electric meters and traffic sensors - just to name a few.
It's one year to the day when I purchased a connected car, a 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid and I can't imagine my life without it. The technology is continuing to evolve with new capabilities from Apple and Google expected in 2014.
Wearable technology are also poised for big gains in 2014. I purchased a Wii Fit Meter to track my fitness activity and so far, I'm a fan. Galaxy Gear and Pebble smartwatches as well as Google Glass are gaining interest and new product announcements are expected at the Consumer Electronics Show, taking place in Las Vegas from January 7-10.
While the gadgets are important, it's what you do with them that matter. Specifically, generating business value and revenue. This is where IBM MobileFirst can help with software, services and a rich partner ecosystem.
I'm excited to announce that to start 2014, I've accepted a new position with IBM Global Business Services as part of the Mobile Center of Competency focusing on mobile managed services including cloud, platform as a service (PaaS), mobile backend as a sevice (MBaaS) and BYOD as a service - just to name a few.
2014 promises to be even more exciting and challenging than 2013. Are you ready?