2013: The year of enterprise IT

Remember when Wall Street was bullish over the future of IT? When the Nasdaq soared 40 percent over 12 months, outpacing both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average? When the share prices of giants like Microsoft and HP grew by as much as 40 percent (or more), and new players entered the stage, encouraging widespread adoption of technology and providing choice that was not available just a few years prior?

Of course you remember. It was 2013.

Which made me wonder: Why are there so many stories, ranging from the political to the cynical to the usefully comical, about 2013 being a lost year for IT?

It’s possible 2013 was the year IT realized what carmakers, pharmaceutical companies, and utilities providers have known for a long time: The more reliable and dependable your products become, the harder it is to wow the consumer audience.

Thirty years after Steve Jobs received a standing ovation for letting the Macintosh speak for itself, consumers are more interested and engaged than ever. But they seem to be watching IT with folded arms. Until George Jetson folds a flying car into a suitcase, we may never get back to that singular wow moment.

But a not-so-well-kept secret among the corporate, academic, and government IT professionals SHI supports worldwide is that 2013 was a great year for enterprise IT. According to Dow Jones, four of the 10 most talked about public companies in 2013 were in IT–Google, Apple, Microsoft, and IBM.  Continue Reading…

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