12/27/2012 05:10 pm ET Updated Feb 26, 2013

4 Technologies Impacting Field Professionals in 2013

The enterprise software industry is changing the game for workers in nearly every profession, and the market is gearing up for continued aggressive growth in the next few years.

It's predicted that the enterprise software industry will be a $4.5 billion market by 2016. Big industry contenders are already snapping up smaller enterprise software companies -- Microsoft purchased social networking vendor Yammer for $1.2 billion in cash this summer, for example -- meaning it's important to keep an eye on enterprise software targeting every industry as we enter 2013.

For field professionals who collect data off-site, there are plenty of enterprise software vendors making their lives easier when it comes to gathering and organizing data in the field. Here are four technologies impacting field professionals in 2013:

1. a la mode, inc.

a la mode, inc. is a leading provider of enterprise software for real estate professionals. The company develops desktop, mobile, and Web tools for appraisers, agents, mortgage professionals, inspectors, and more.

More than 100,000 professional agents, brokers, lenders, inspectors, and appraisers already use a la mode's technology, and almost 50 percent of all residential mortgages in the U.S. use the software every day. The company is still privately owned after 27 years, and it boasts zero debt. a la mode recently made a splash when it vowed to waive all transaction fees for victims impacted by Hurricane Sandy, which caused mortgage lender orders for disaster inspection to surge to over 200 times the normal level.

Keep your eye on this company as it continues to be a leading software provider for real estate professionals in 2013.

2. ServiceCEO

ServiceCEO provides field service software that any business in the field service industry can use to operate, manage, and grow their businesses. The software is all-inclusive, allowing professionals to manage customers, estimates, jobs, schedules, marketing, invoicing, payments, and more.

Founded in 1997, ServiceCEO has nearly 15 years of experience helping service businesses, with 6,000 customers in 28 countries. The software includes features such as customer relationship management, sales management, mobile access for field workers, a customer Web portal, credit card processing, GPS, and more. Field professionals in industries such as handiwork, electricity, pool and spa, plumbing, maid services, and HVAC can benefit from ServiceCEO's software as an easy way to streamline the entire lifecycle of their customers and daily work.

3. Wintac

Wintac provides software for field professionals working in HVAC, plumbing, electricity, and other field service, installation, and service contracting companies. Wintac's all-in-one software provides features that help with tasks such as job costing, purchasing, budgeting, check writing, payroll processing, and financial reporting.

To ensure the platform is accessible, Wintac provides step-by-step, voice-narrated tutorials to help field professionals with every area of the software. The company boasts over 20 years of experience in providing field service software, and over 7,000 companies currently use its platform worldwide. Field professionals looking for an all-in-one solution for their daily tasks need look no further than this trusted provider.

4. ClickSoftware

Headquartered in Israel, ClickSoftware provides an automated workforce management platform for service businesses of any size. The company boasts over 480 employees in offices globally and provides workforce management solutions to over 150 customers around the world.

Workers in industries such as utilities, communications, computer and office equipment, home services, and more use ClickSoftware's easy solutions. The company's HTML5-based mobile products allow field professionals to manage their data on-the-go, and cloud-based solutions for scheduling, invoicing, analytics, and more help small and medium-sized business to streamline their daily operations. With million of dollars in acquisitions under its belt, ClickSoftware is set to continue to be a trusted contender in the field service software industry.

The technologies provided by these companies show that professionals in every industry stand to be impacted by enterprise technology next year. As IT solutions for the enterprise continue to make our lives easier, keep your eye on companies like those listed above as main contenders emerge in 2013.