Product Data Access and 2012 business trends

It is December at Inforbix; the usual time we see bloggers play Oracle predicting new trends for the New Year.  Thinking about what is going to happen in the next year, I came across an interesting article, Technology business trends in 2012 in the Huffington Post Press by Phil Simon.  Have a read and tell me what you think.  I noticed two trends that resonate with Inforbix and most likely, with manufacturing companies. Here are the passages:

A more semantic web - Semantic technologies — i.e., those that enable data to be understood across multiple languages — are becoming more prevalent. Case in point: Teenagers are building apps that make sense of increasingly noisy search results.

The continued consumerization of IT

In the 1990s and before, tech companies catered to CIOs — not to the ultimate end users of their products. This has changed. In 2012 and beyond, we will continue to see a more democratized tech playing field.

The story, in the article, of Nick D’Aloisio is a fascinating one.  It made me think about the integration and data challenges manufacturing companies face.  CAD and PLM vendors are rushing to introduce new product and services that address these challenges.  Fair enough.  However, one of the most significant challenges mfg companies face is the means of connecting these new services with all their data.  I think these challenge can be addressed by the technology and product data access applications Inforbix offers.

Have you caught the recent article by Jim Brown?  It’s generated lots of commentary on how companies optimize access to product data beyond a single platform or application.  The article very nicely captures why I think Inforbix can act as a bridge between the services offered by CAD and PLM vendors and the data within manufacturing companies.

Conclusion.  New technologies will create new business opportunities. Democratization of IT services via cloud based products also creates new opportunities. CIOs will be looking for alternatives to existing heavy bundled applications.  Agile, flexible, and granular cloud services will be given the opportunity to solve very painful problems common in manufacturing companies.  Inforbix is looking forward playing a role in that in 2012.

Best, Oleg