You heard it here first: Trends, predictions emerge from GlueCon

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First mover advantage comes from exploring the worm hole of new technologies. It doesn’t get quite as much as ink but the GlueCon insights on big data, APIs and mobile are some of the best in the industry.

We asked a cross-section of attendees, speakers, investors and even the event impresario himself what’s on the horizon in the next 18-24 months. Here’s what they told us:

Ryan McIntyre – Foundry Group

[note color="#eee"]“The cloudification of everything” is huge. “Developers are much more comfortable assembling their apps out of this commodity component.

There’s a maturation in the discussion around big data tools. In particular, the MySQL vs NoSQL debate that has been positioned as this epic battle is becoming more nuanced. Folks are starting to realize it’s about choosing the right tool for the job.

People are bolting SQL-type functionality onto Hadoop and distributed file systems. They’re realizing that there are ways of fitting these things into the existing ecosystem and overlay them onto tools for business intelligence.

I see it as an exciting time.” [/note]

Bart Lorang – Full Contact

[note color="#eee"]“Big data. No SQL. People want to use different technologies to process structured and unstructured data in massive data sets. But the existing technologies don’t scale.”

Lorang sees the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Data as Information > Knowledge > Wisdom.[/note]

Eric Norlin – SK Ventures, organizer of GlueCon, BlurCon, DefragCon

[note color="#eee"]“The nexus of power is shifting from the CIO/CTO level and down to the department level developers. What used to take a seven figure budget and nine month cycle of approvals now takes two developers, $10,000 and three days to get to a prototype.

Also, the paradigm of security no longer involves a perimeter. It’s about authentication and authorization at the appropriate points. Single sign-on into enterprise applications from people’s own mobile devices are not sexy issues but they’re very practical issues that cost money to fix.”[/note]

Dan Podsedly – Pivotal Labs

[note color="#eee"]Software is everywhere. The big trend is “scalable, small, loosely coupled teams” whether they work at startups or Fortune 500 firms.[/note]

David Gorton – Ping Identity

[note color="#eee"]The big trend is “leveraging layered, federated identity connections for API access. Security is such a huge umbrella. Accessing and auditing where your data goes—all of that is related to managing your identity.”[/note]

Elliot Turner – AlchemyAPI

[note color="#eee"]“The demise of the focus group,” is the big news. “Now we’re seeing a data-driven approach through the wisdom of the crowd. Data-based decision making, social proof and evidence in business intelligence is a game-changer in a lot of respects.”[/note]

Scott Brown – Kronovia

[note color="#eee"]The challenge around the corner is “how to reign in the freedom of social with compliance requirements of the enterprise.

Federal and state regulations create opportunity as much as they create headaches for the businesses they are regulating.”[/note]

J.R. Storment – Cloudability

[note color="#eee"]“The consumerization of IT is now any developer with a credit card.

Companies are also moving to specialty clouds for different purposes. It’s becoming a sprawl issue where they’re having trouble managing their platforms and choosing the right one.

BYOD—Bring Your Own Device—is nothing like Bring Your Own Cloud. There’s hundreds of billions of dollars of cloud spending is de-centralized, rogue IT that’s being expensed.” [/note]

Jeremy Glassenberg – Box

[note color="#eee"]“The enterprise is starting to accept the concept of moving content into a hybrid firewall and cloud but they’re also more demanding. They have much stronger security requirements.

On the security front, there’s a lot to think about in the cloud—DLP software, search, archiving and integrating services. Mobile is continuing to grow in the enterprise space as well as custom apps. But there’s still a lot to learn. It’s tricky to find the partners that you need.” [/note]

What do you think? Did they get it right or is there still an X for Y opportunity lurking out there?

Jenica Watts contributed to this report.