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IT Trends: Just Ahead, a Brave New World

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

Hard to believe 2014 is already underway. And what a mixed message year 2013 was with a record-high stock market; fear, uncertainty and doubt over the Affordable Care Act; a housing price recovery and more. Yet as far as information technology goes, it was relatively quiet and uneventful. Sure, cloud computing gained in popularity, but BYOD ran hot and cold. Big data got more hype, but few applications found their way to Main Street.

We can only hope that 2014 will deliver information technology that is better and more exciting than 2013 had to offer. So what’s the buzz for 2014 when it comes to IT trends and innovations?

First, let’s take a look at raw computing power, the kind that allows really big data analytics to happen: quantum computers. What are quantum computers, you ask? Good question for which I have no easy answer. Wikipedia’s definition defies layman understanding, but here it is anyway:

“A quantum computer (also known as a quantum supercomputer) is a computation device that makes direct use of quantum-mechanical phenomena, such as superposition and entanglement, to perform operations on data. Quantum computers are different from digital computers based on transistors. Whereas digital computers require data to be encoded into binary digits (bits), quantum computation uses quantum properties to represent data and perform …

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