24 Must-Know Tech Trends for 2014, Presented by Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan foresees 2014 to witness extreme, perhaps even radical, change in information and communication technologies and how these technologies will be leveraged. Consumers will be exposed to new forms of access technologies and integrated service offerings, while enterprises will increasingly virtualize communications and computing operations. In particular, the cloud will become less of a fad, and more of a routine approach. Operators, in turn, will scramble to implement cutting edge systems and technologies that transparently enable an expanding diversity of devices and capabilities. Regulators, adding to the mix, will impose rules on broadband access, with an eye on the intersection of wireless and broadband.

The new analysis, Stratecast Predictions 2014: The Year Ahead – and a Look Back, details 24 trends for 2014 broken into seven core areas including big data and analytics, business communication services, cloud services, the connected home, consumer communication services, operations support systems (OSS)/business support systems (BSS), and secure networking. The detailed analysis also scores the accuracy of 2013 Stratecast predictions, which proved, by and large, to be correct.

For complimentary access to the full 2014 analysis, visit: http://bit.ly/1dcUq6d

Beginning Jan. 14, 2014, Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan will announce each of the 24 predictions daily via Twitter. To be in the loop on the predictions, follow @FS_ITVision.

As a preview, included below are three of the 24 predictions:

1. With 2013's NSA revelations, privacy concerns take a leading role in Big Data and analytics in 2014

"It seems every public or private entity with a vested interest is monitoring consumers' (citizens') every move," said Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan Big Data and Analytics Global Program Manager Jeff Cotrupe. "In 2014, privacy advocates will shift their focus from personally identifiable information (PII) and customer proprietary network information (CPNI), two areas where they've made headway, to the National Security Agency (NSA). Privacy will be front-and-center, and almost certainly the biggest issue in Big Data in 2014."

2. "Hello? Are you there?" Major telecommunications provider drops voice service in 2014

"With the rampant use of text messages, emails, social media platforms and other alternative means to verbal communication, Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan predicts conventional voice service will continue to decline in subscribers and revenue," said Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan Consumer Communications Services Program Manager Mike Jude, Ph.D. "Expect a major carrier to petition to drop or sell to another carrier its traditional time-division multiplexing voice service offerings."

3. Manage and monitor your home from afar: 2014 brings comprehensive connected home offerings

Communication services continue to evolve, shifting from single-purpose to multi- utility applications. As such, consumers will increasingly seek complete home solutions that incorporate communications, computing, and content management. Since such solutions tend to be complex, consumers will expect the integrated services to come with remote management and monitoring. Expect at least one network operator to offer a comprehensive connected home offering in 2014.

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