7 Technologies Poised for Failure in 2013

Which technologies and products will be put out to pasture in 2013? Some are no-brainers, some others might say are poised for a comeback and a couple might surprise you.

By John Brandon
Tue, December 18, 2012

CIO — Call them the epic fails of technology. In 2013, a few technologies will fade into an abyss, swirling around and clinging for a last gasp of air before eventually dying. For IT executives looking to make contingency plans and approve budgets, these are the technologies to avoid.

1. Legacy Applications

Virtualization has changed how big business operates, but legacy apps are still common. Antonio Piriano, the CTO at ScienceLogic, a cloud management company, says the Software as a Service (SaaS) model will apply to legacy apps just as much as it does to data and servers in 2013.

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That means not having to run—or maintain—legacy apps in a data center. While you might still depend on legacy apps, you won't run them the same way or manage them in your own data centers.

2. Mobile Applications

Mobile Applications

The brightest thinkers in technology have predicted the demise of apps for some time. Doug Pepper with InterWest Partners, venture capital firm, says apps will transform into intelligent agents that know about our preferences, location—even the time of day and our schedule.

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We won't need a weather app anymore, or even a widget. Instead, the phone will customize the home screen to feed only the data we need based on our own customizations. That means not having to manage hundreds of apps.

3. Traditional Desktops

Desktop Computer

This is an interesting paradigm shift that might require some adjustment in our thinking. Today, your desktop is the place you store apps and picture of your kids. Over the past few years, though, thin-computing devices such as the Google Chromebox have shown how old-fashioned a desktop is. (The Chromebox has only a browser. There is no desktop.)

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ScienceLogic's Piriano says the desktop will die in 2013 as more companies move to a virtual desktop in the cloud—benefiting from centralized control in the process.

4. BlackBerry Smartphones

BlackBerry 10 Smartphone

Predications of the impending doom of the BlackBerry smartphone have swirled for more than a year. Constant delays in new operating system upgrades, misfires with tablets and new form-factors (anyone like a touchscreen phone with a thumbpad?) and management turnover are only part of the problem.

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The real issue: Employees want a consumer phone they can use at work. We're connected 24x7 now, so having a dedicate business phone that won't play Angry Birds doesn't make sense any more.

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