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'Desk top' is already dead and 'lap top' is losing its charm

BANGALORE, INDIA: Mindtree president & CTO S Janakiraman lists out his top five predictions for the new year, 2013.

1. Desktop is dead; Laptop under threat - xPad will become the way of life at office and home:

As Gen Y is getting more and more omfortable with touch devices and corporates are adapting to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, tablets will become the computing, communicating and entertainment device for majority of work force. 'Desk top' is already dead and 'lap top' is losing its charm as the need for key board (the only benefit) vanishing and with the ever increasing solid state memory size, which is not limiting storage capacity.

Moreover, with most of the data getting stored in cloud, both private and public, and as 3G/ LTE is picking up momentum through drop in prices, the popularity of tablets will be unstoppable. Though not a specific trend yet, I believe phones will pair with pads and the need for 'smart phone' will vanish. Phone may become primarily a device for voice once again, while Pads will serve the data needs.

2. Centralized - Decentralized - Again recentralized - Cloud Computing the way of delivering IT Solution:

'Main frame' era is bygone in the last decade with the emergence of client server and personal computers and IT got decentralized. Cloud computing will recentralize compute power with big data centers acting as utilities and as consumers start tapping them. Like Television is incidental and content (through channels) has become the king, hardware and software will become incidental and information and data will become the key for end consumers.

Pay per use will become the mantra and we will start looking at cloud for everything to do with IT. Private cloud will be the reality in larger enterprises until they are able to build confidence on public cloud, which will be first adapted by SMBs and individual consumers.

3. Closed Source - Open source - All Source - Software will be rented and not owned:

Proprietary applications were under threat with the open source (OS) movement, but OS did not pick up momentum due to lack of ownership and uncertainty on road map. Moreover, the fear of strings attached in usage still remains a grey area even for knowledgeable users. With applications getting componentized and App Stores picking up momentum, many of the commonly used applications can be tapped from App Stores of multiple vendors. Thus, user is liberated from building applications from scratch or paying high licensing fee and AMCs for upgrades.

With social networks and user rating, the user is made aware of the strengths and issues with such apps available and have the choice to decide which app to tap into.

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