In pictures: 10 trends in IT spending for 2014

After years of maintenance-only spending, IT leaders are ready to invest. Find out which technologies - and which IT professionals - are pulling down the dough.

Big data and mobile rule the roost Business intelligence/big data, security and mobile will continue to be hot this year, with cloud computing and virtualization next in the running. Employees want BI tools to measure and analyze data in new ways, and users are looking to get access to this data and do work whenever and wherever they are, on their preferred mobile device.

At Alex and Ani, big data and analytics head up the company's 2014 IT agenda. "Understanding how to segment our sales, our customers and our product are very important," says CTO Joseph Lezon. "It will help us understand where our customers are, who our customers are, what they are purchasing and where. This will also help us understand potential new locations for retail stores."

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