Trends of 2013

The trends are nothing but the number of wider adoption of products, services, technology and other innovations. The trends of anything in 2013 will be an exceptional one in excellency, maturity and advancements. Those trends will be the starting point for the new generation of the matured, micro and nano-technology based offerings. In my analytical view, the following will be surfaced as the great Trends Of 2013 :-

1. Top 6 Trends of Smartphones: 
Mobile Wallet aka NFC or Google/Microsoft Wallet:NFC based Electronic Wallet will start dominating the Payment System for E-Commerce . The Google Wallet and Google Checkout from Google, Microsoft Wallet from Microsoft, Square from Square will give the different landscape of the electronic payment system in 2013. My e- Paper on E-Wallet,http://paper.li/AmritChhetriB/1351536968 , brings a latest news and updates on it.

3-D Maps: 3-D Maps available in Apple iOS 6 onwards will add the third dimension on top of the 2-D Map experience for all Apple iPhones, iPads ,iPod Touches and iPad Mini users. The release for the similar support for 3-D Maps is expecting from Google on its Mobile Operating System, Android.

Social Music: Listening, organizing, composing and remixing of Music using the application for music available directly as Social Platform or integrated with Social Media Tools for Mobile will be the greatest trend of Mobile. Integrated Cloud Storage on Mobile or Tablets facilitates the direct access of their music- audios, videos and others files from the Cloud and it gives them hassle free storage capability. Apart from the arrival of some innovative & futuristic music platform, users will have an option of using already available platforms like SoundCloud,YouTube, Vimeo etc. for accessing music using their Mobile or Tablets.
Social Platform Integrated with Apple iTune 11 brings another dimension to Social Music through iOS supported devices. Apple devices users can share their own or music they organized into iTune 11 to the friends, the colleagues, the partners and family members using its integrated Social Media Networks like Facebook, Twitter etc.

Bigger Adoption of Mobile Apps: Mobile Apps will boom as the hot cake in early 2013 for the users of Mobile or Smartphone from all mobiles companies and running on top of all the Mobile Operating Systems. Google Play for Google Android and Apple Store for Apple iOS are two great Mobile Apps Stores. Besides, Blackberry has its own Mobile Apps Store to facilitate its Blackberry users.
Mobile Apps for Healthcare, Social-Commerce, Education, Travel, Social Dating,Voice-Based Apps and Social Music will be the top most categories of Mobile Apps in 2013.

Voice Recognizer based Apps: Adoption of Voice based Mobile Apps offered either by Mobile Manufacturers like Apple(iOS), Google(Android), RIM( BB OS), Samsung(Bada) ,Nokia(Symbian) etc or by independent developers and companies will be in great demand in 2013.
There are already great Mobile App like voice enabled Navigation System available for Android and Apple users. The similar categories of application for Healthcare, Travel, Education ,Social Dating & Music will start bombarding into market by mid 2013.

Ultra-Thin Models or Fold-ability: Slim & Ultra-Thin Models of Mobiles & Smartphones will emerge into market as one of the hot trends in 2013. The price factor may slow-down its wider adoption but it market share can grow steadily starting from mid 2013. 

2. Top 11 Trends of Social Media:
Social TV : Viewing of Social Videos on Social Media Platforms or Social Media TVS like Google TV, Apple TV and Social Platform enabled Smart-TV will trend as the most adopted Social Fashion in 2013. It gives 360 degree freedom to watch Videos Contents or broadcasting from all available TV channels .i.e TV Service Providers & Broadcasters, Social Video Sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Pheed, CyPop etc. and TV Channels Broadcasters on Social Media.

S-Commerce, F-Commerce & T-Commerce : E-commerce using Social Media Networks will bring a different experience among online- shopper in 2013.The S-Commerce through Facebook(F-Commerce) and Twitter(T-Commerce) and through other Social Networks(S-Commence) will show excellency of technology on online- shopping. Facebook Gift started for US users can be expected to go global and its ‘Want’ button helps in converting the Social Experience into Shopping Experience.

Social/Digital Newsletter :Organizing of Social Contents in categorized units will become as key Social Trend in 2013 and it can be termed as ‘Social Newsletters’. They can be created either by organizing the Social Updates, Post and Pages from a Social Site into different categories like ‘BigData & Cloud Newsletter‘, ‘Fashion &Cosmetics Newsletter‘ etc. Recently lunched ‘Feed Page’ from Facebook allows to design similar type of Social Newsletters from the pages you followed and it will be the hot trend in 2013. Facebook users can create Social Newsletters for customized categories using its List to group the post, updates and shares and to generate one Page-Like View.
One path-breaking name on this line is ‘Newsweek’ which will go 100 % digital by 1st Jan, 2013 and it is expected that all of its users will move into Digital Version of publication. Analytically,90% of existing users may go to Social Experience powered by the suitable Mobile Apps. Flipboard & Google Reader also allow to design a great Social Newsletter using the Social Post and RSS feeds.

Social Video Marketing :
Delivering the Sales and Marketing ideas or concepts through short Videos on Social Media will dominate the other type of marketing tools. It is becoming the most successful and hot trend of Social Media in 2013. International Footwear giants like Adidas & Reebok have already adopted this tool.
Almost all software companies who are into Cloud Business have already realized the impact of its Sales and Marketing power. The Social Platform like YouTube, Instagram,Vimeo, Pinterest, Reach.ly etc are gearing up as the global leaders & players to make this trend really successful .

Social Education :
Broadcasting, organizing the educational contents- e-Books, Newsletters, audios and Videos for any educational activities like training, classes, knowledge sharing and Social updates will become the hottest trend in 2013.Classroom20, classmate are two good Social Sites from Social Education.

Social HR/Recruitment :
Besides Professional Networking SiteS like Linkedin etc, other Social Networks like Facebook,Twitter, Google Plus, So.cl, etc will be used heavily by Human Resource Workforce for the recruitment of right candidates and it will remain as the hottest trend in 2013. Facebook has rolled out an application for the Social Recruitment or Hiring of right candidates through Facebook and it is being adopted by some of larger corporate and business houses. Great and easy application integrated with Social Media have emerged into market and they will show its real impact and maturity in 2013.

Social Video Calling: Social Calling will be the topmost trend of Social Media in 2013. Mobile Apps like FaceTime from Apple, Video-Calling from Facebook, Skype from Microsoft, WhatApps, Nimbuzz, ooVoo, upcoming version of BBM from RIM(Research In Motion) and recently announched calling app,Hookflash from Linkedin will give the different experience in making person-to- person and group calling using VOIP(Voice Over Internet Protocol). VOIPR is another Mobile Apps which allow to make call using VOIP. Unfortunately, some of the countries may remain out of this trend as VOIP-based calling is not legal on that land. The latest development in social monitoring technology may give the enough room for policy makers to legalize or to remove such restrictions in the future or may be by early 2013!

Social & Video Resume : Owing a beautifully designed Professional Details either on textual form or as Video will be the hottest trend in 2013. World’s largest Professional Network Site Linkedin has already revamped its Profile Page to make it fit into this great professional trend. Linkage of the presentations from Google Docs and Slideshare,http://slideshare.com/AmritChhetriB, getting blogs into the profile page etc. have been adopted by all professionals to beautify their profiles and its adoption will be the maximum by mid 2013.
The Personal Management Site, Naymz maintains Video Resume to boost the user ranking or score in Social Networking Sites. About.me, http://about.me   is another great Social Site for maintaining professional summary on Social Site.

Social Publication : The Digital Publication facilitated by Social Media will boom in 2013 and Shutterfly is one of the such player in market. Its calender, cards and photo-portfolio designing apps are awesome.Even just not one year old Paper.li has already taken a great position in Social Publication and its Social presence can reach will improve drastically by early 2013. Another self-publishing Social Platform writer.li is expecting to make a great debut in 2013.

Social Dating : Internet Dating was a fashion among young generations in early 90s in US and mid 90s in other parts of the world. In today’s, Social Dating site gives a meaningful dating room with an intelligent selection of partners filtered out by the Self-Intelligent system behind the scene.Some openly innovative ideas have already been emerged on Social Dating and one of them is the dedicated site for Airport Dating. It is amazingly great for the young generations who want to spend a romantic and quality time at Airports and to add the social experience on Air- Traveling.Yahoo recently acquired Mobile Video-Chat startup, OnTheAir to offer something interesting in this line.

Visual Marketing : The use and the Social impact of Visual Marketing Platforms like PinterestInstagram, upcoming Visual Platform from Facebook , Lockerz, Flickr etc. will grow in 2013 and they will revolutionize the way photos, infographics and others visual contents are used in Sales and Marketing. New entrants of Social Media like CyPopGoMad,Pheed etc. will get the bigger opportunity to debut their innovative functionality

3. Top 6 Trends of Enterprise Software:
Mobile BI & Mobile Dashboard: Accessing BI Reports, Analytics, KPIs and Business Cockpit or Executive Dashboard on Portable Devices like Smartphone,Tablets & iPad will trend across all enterprise and across all level of users in 2013.The steady inclination of Cloud Computing towards Mobile Platforms makes this trend more meaningful and useful. Almost all BI Platforms providers like SAP,Actuate, SAS, Oracle, IBM etc are already ready to support this trend in 2013. The migration of Social Networks users from Desktop to Mobile and Tablets supports this trend of BI and it becomes the great adoption in 2013.

Mobile & Social Marketing: Marketing Campaigns and all other Sales & Marketing activities will make a great shift to focus Smartphones and Tablets users as the potential prospects. The steady growth of Social Commerce supports this trend at greater scale. Facebook’s ‘Want’ button is a great strategy on this line. Facebook has already started smart move on this line and Google AdWords and other Social Marketing will focus on converting Mobile Users and Social Profiles into true prospects and later to the customers.

Social Analytics & Social Dashboard:  The fast growing Social Media and Social Analytics will bring a concept and idea of having separate Business Dashboard for Social Analytics to monitor all Social Media driven business activities in 2013.

3-D Maps and Applications: Use of 3-D Maps in Spatial BI gives the real view of Business Information and it is evident that the fast growing Spatial BI will bring the new trend of having 3-D maps on Business Intelligence Platforms. Similarly, upcoming support from Google for 3-D Maps is strategic support for this trend in 2013. The can be expected all of the upcoming Business Application like ERP, CRM, TMS will come with the support for 3-D Maps.  

Social ERP, ENS & Social CRM : Owing a Social Collaborative Platform in ERP- Enterprise Resource Planning & CRM- Customer Relation Management will be the great trend and it will start communicating collaboratively with Enterprise Social Networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+.

Cloud Computing : The Cloud Computing is the most recent and greatest technological advancement in Grid Storage and Computation. It will remain the one of the hottest trend across in Enterprise Software. The adoption can be categorized as Cloud Infrastructure-As-A-Service, Platform-As-A-Service, Software-As-A-Service & Private & Public Storage. Across all the enterprise, Could is used mainly to deploy and run the business applications like ERP(Enterprise Resource Planning), CRM(Customer Relation Management), CMS(Call Management System), TMS(Transport Management System).
Adoption of Cloud for BigData Analytics and other form of Data Warehouse will catch a big fire by early 2013 and the trend will continue end of the year. Microsoft, IBM, OpSource, GoGrid, HP and Teradata will remain as the key player of Cloud in 2013.

4. Top 6 Trends of Business Intelligence:
Mobile BI : Accessing BI Reports, Analytics, KPIs and Business Cockpit or Executive Dashboard on Portable Devices like Smartphone,Tablets ,iPod Touches & iPad will trend across all enterprise and among all level of users in 2013.The steady inclination of Cloud Computing towards Mobile Platforms makes this trend more meaningful and useful. Almost all BI Platforms providers like SAP,Actuate, SAS, Oracle, IBM etc are already ready to support this trend of 2013.The migration of Social Networks users from Desktop to Mobile and Tablets supports this trend of BI and it become the greatest adoption in 2013.

Social BI & Spatial BI :  Monitoring of Social Media activities using Social Analytics or Social BI like SocialReport, ViralHeat, TwentyFeet etc will emerged out as the great trend in 2013.It grow further along with the Cloud Computing and BigData. All big enterprises and business houses will start adopting and implementing Spatial BI Platforms like Yellowfin to get the great Business Values Addition from the Social Data gathered through their business activities on Social Media and general Social-Commerce and Social Network specific F-Commerce or T-Commerce.

Smart & Self-Responsive Dashboard :  The existing way of looking into Business Reports, KPIs and Analytics inside the Business Dashboard will change for the more interactive, self-responsive and it may accompanied by with Smart Search in 2013.Owing this capability makes sense when Smartphones and Tablets are used as the human interface towards any BI or Analytics System.

Social Dashboard : The fast growing Social Media and Social Analytics will bring a new idea of having separate Business Dashboard for Social Analytics to monitor all Social Media driven business activities in 2013.

Self-Predictive Analytics : Self-Predictive Analytics only with the Business Data or for Spatial Data or fully integrated with Spatial Data & Social Data will trend as the key trend as one of key trend of Business Intelligence in 2013.The great support for BigData by Cloud and fast growing BigData Analytics also facilitates the arrival of this trend in BI Market by 2013.

Voice Responsive BI & Smart Search BI : To sync with the Mobile BI and emerging out Voice-based or Voice-Enabled Mobile Apps brings gives a birth of new trend on BI and it is nothing but Voice Responsive BI. Although, Smart Search have already been delivered and adopted by enterprise, it will become key trend in 2013.

5. Top 10 Fashion Trends:
Modern Ethnic Gesture :  Fashion reinvents itself with some theme of the past and adding all great trendy styles blossomed by all innovations around it. So, 2013 will bring some of the greatest Fashion Trends based on Cultural values and by adding modern innovations to them.

Modern Rock-N-Roll Style : Rock-N-Roll of early 60 is one the greatest change in human-lifestyle and the similar trends may come with modernized changes in design and fitness.

Formal Funky Hair-cuts : Almost every electronic devices are trending towards the slim and trim Fashions. The same can be expected in Personal Fashions too. Formal Funny with neat cut at back and sides makes the man or woman trendy with modern gesture electronically powered with Smartphones, Tablets, iPods and Smart Glasses.  

Bright Skin-Fit Shoes & other Footwear : Just like neat funky hair cut, well fitted footwear will trend across all national and internal brands. The same trends can be expected from all international designers by early 2013.

Loose Low-Waist Jeans & Formals : Fashion moves along with comfort-ability in wearing the things on daily or in professional life. Low-Waist jeans always gives freedom in body movements and adds an additional  comfort- ability. The similar trends can be expected in Formal, Designer and other branded Casuals in 2013.

Wearable Devices : The commercial production of clothes, glasses  & other wearable devices with electronic devices useful in daily life like Smart-phones etc will trend in market by end of 2013.

Big-Rimed & Bright Sunglasses : Big-Rimmed sunglasses are already in trend and it will remain the same throughout 2013.

Designer Tablets/Smartphones, Watches & Ultrabook : A richness of trend and style comes through the Smartphones and Tablets designed by Designers with some great theme value. Mobile market may get boom with affordable Designer Smartphones and Tablets to give the bigger designer-experience to mass.

Mild Floral & Bio-Excreted Perfumes : Perfumes are manufactured using either organic ingredients or using natural flowers as the source of fragrance. As majority of people using expensive and branded perfumes are educating themselves for the value of Disease Free Health.The perfumes and body fragrance based on natural excreta from the flowers and other valuable plants & herbals will trend in market in 2013.

Fine-Lined Kajal, eyeshadow & Feminine Lipsticks : Eyes are the center of presenting the femininity and beauty to the external world and beautify the same with Kajal is old and traditional fashion. It will trend among national and international fashion industry and models.

6. Top 10 Technology Trends:
Home Automation : Not only the young generation but the older generation also has started loving the way  technology has changed the life to easiness. Owning a Centralized Automation Control System accessible over the handheld devices will trend in 2013.

This automation of Control System includes in-house and external security infrastructures, integrated entertainment system, well connected air cooling, the electronic devices in kitchens ,security system of car & Laptops & Ultrabooks. All of them can be installed and configured to create Centralized Automation System controllable from a single device. The default Remote Controls,Smartphones & Tablets are the most desirable devices for this work.

4G/3G On Smartphones & Tablets: Desktop based Personal and Business Computing are trending towards Mobile Computing followed by Ultra-Book Computing.To sync with the fast growing world, all Mobile Computing is in need of high speed internet services & connectivity like 4G or 4G LTE or 3G Internet connectivity apart from Wi-Fi based internet access on and around Wi-Fi zones.So, the current trend of accessing Internet on Mobile using 3G or 4G will boom in 2013.

Smart Glasses or Intelligent Classes : Personal and Industrial usages of Smart Glasses like Google Glasses will start trending into market and its adoption will go up sharply.Apart from Google another Switzerland based company has already debut the similar kind of Smart Glasses for the business and commercial use. Its adoption can be highest in area where the display of centralized information is necessary and such areas are High-Precision Medical Operations,Navigating System for Flying Objects,guiding of remote missions like Pathfinder.

Mobile Wallet or NFC -Payment System : NFC based Electronic Wallet will start dominating the Payment System for E-Commerce. The Google Wallet and Google Checkout from Google, Microsoft Wallet from Microsoft, Square from Square will give the different landscape of the electronic payment system in 2013.

Bio-Metric Banking : Banking Security System designed using the biometric identification principles will trend globally and can become the must trusted security system for all sort of banking and online transactions.Some Banks have introduced an innovative Cards loaded with Biometric information and Display Screen to make it more secure.
It uses the biometric and demographic information of a customer or person stored in a centralized database to validate the user credential or validity of users where ever necessary.And, authorization of services will be based on the result of first-step authentication.Steadily booming E-Wallet( Google Wallet, Microsoft Waller and Square Wallet)’s authentication mechanism may move towards the biometric mechanism by late 2013.

3-D Printing : This simple but technologically most advanced device brings a new revolution in printing of the solid 3D objects using polymers and other materials that gains a solid state after its fluid state.It will trend as the greatest device for creating 3-D prototypes,3-D Designs, 3-D Modeling and production of different parts of the mechanical or non-mechanical devices.Big players of Aeronautical Industry like GE has already placed 3-D printing to manufacture the different parts of its planes.

Flying Cars : Flying Cars are highly innovative and technologically most advanced concepts and it may start booming in market by late or mid 2013.The prototypes were demonstrated by US based company in early months of 2012 and its commercial version can be expected hit the market will with big bang!

Hybrid Cars & Engines : The demand of Luxury cars powered by Hybrid engines will grown in 2013 and effectively its price may fall down to give the most desirable categories of cars by late 2013. Alternative fuels like Bio-Fuel, Rechargeable Battery and Hydrogen-Oxygen based engines will come into market with Hybrid engines.

BigData & Cloud Computing :  BigData is already trending globally and the same will trend throughout 2013 to reach its estimated market size of USD 19.5 billion by 2015.Similarly,the Cloud Computing is the most recent and greatest technological advancement in Grid Storage and Computation.It will remain one of the hottest trend of the most desirable Computing Platforms among all enterprises and software development companies.The adoption can be categorized as Cloud SAAS, Cloud Infrastructure-As-A-Service, Platform-As-A-Service, Software-As-A-Service & Private & Public Storage. Across all the enterprises, Cloud Computing is used primarily to deploy and run the business applications like ERP(Enterprise Resource Planning), CRM(Customer Relation Management), CMS(Call Management System), TMS(Transport Management System). Adoption of Cloud for BigData Analytics and other types of Data Warehouse will catch a big fire by early 2013. Microsoft, IBM,OpSource, GoGrid, HP and Teradata will remain as the key players of Cloud in 2013.

OLED-Display Technology :
OLED has been considered for commercialization since last 5 years but it failed in critical areas on previous attempts. Recently, some of the electronics giants have manufactured the innovative display devices using this technology and it will remain one of the hottest display technology in 2013. The latest commercial production of OLED TV by LG is the greatest milestone to the success of this technology.

7. Top 5 Cloud Computing Trends:
Cloud is a great computing innovation and it has been adopted across all areas where online computing adds extra advantages. Some of my predictions for the trends of Cloud Computing and Cloud Storage are:-

Entertainment On Cloud:
The adoption of Cloud Computing and Cloud Storage for infotainment and multimedia broadcasting will grow from the very beginning of 2013 and it will remain one of top most trend of Cloud Computing in 2013. This will drive the use of Cloud for entertainment at great scale.
Healthcare on Cloud:
Cloud Security:
Green Cloud: 
Analytics And Business App On Cloud:

Author: Amrit Chhetri, http://about.me/achhertrib

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