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Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) will soar in the workplace
Startups and small-to-medium-sized businesses will continue to embrace the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies to let their employees and staff work with gear that they enjoy and to cut company costs and IT spending.
With the release of Windows 8, those bringing in laptops and tablets will be able to connect to corporate networks and access the applications, documents and services that are needed to work remotely or from the office. But, with a mix of cloud productivity applications and services bridging the gap, those who work flexibly or from home on a regular basis will be able to connect to networks without edging too closely to sensitive databases or within the network.
However, it's unlikely that BYOD trends will extend fully to the enterprise setting. While Android retains the highest market share in the mobile space, combined with difficulties in back-end mobile management services for the platform, IT security policies will shun many of the devices that run on the majority of devices. But, those running familiar back-end managed devices, such as iPhones and iPads, will have simpler and easier access to services within the company firewall, thanks to the device's policy management.
Tech giants will shift to China, other BRIC countries for recovery
Brazil, Russia, India and China -- the so-called BRIC nations -- are showing budding potential for corporate expansions. Amazon has already spread its wings to Brazil, as has Microsoft, and Lenovo is pushing hard to bring a local PC-building plant in the country, while it remains the most popular PC manufacturer in China, a key market for others to crack.
As market saturation reaches its peak and companies continue to want to expand, higher import taxes are making it nigh on impossible to break into new markets. Companies therefore have to set up shop in these BRIC countries in order to tap into the vast revenue streams. But tougher local regulations will make it difficult, and governments of emerging markets are yet to extend the hand of friendship to these firms. That middle ground could arrive at some point in 2013, allowing for huge profits for the coming year.
RIM, Nokia: Revival or collapse
2013 will be make or break for two major mobile companies: Research in Motion, the Canadian maker of the humble BlackBerry smartphone, and Finland-based Nokia, which has dabbled in just about every kind of mobile device known to man.
RIM's BlackBerry market share has tumbled over the past year, while Nokia recently sold its Espoo, Finland headquarters in order to conserve its cash, which it's burning through at an alarming rate. Nokia isn't making any money, neither is RIM, and both companies are betting on devices and products that have yet to be released or are yet to make any significant impact in the market.
BlackBerry 10 will make or break RIM, meanwhile Nokia has to pray that Windows Phone will take off, considering Nokia's and Microsoft's bid to bring the platform to China, in order to survive the turbulent financial times elsewhere.