As we reach the second quarter of 2014, we are seeing some exciting trends emerging in the world of project management. Within these, there are five key trends we are seeing across the globe which project managers really should be sitting up and taking notice of. Here are our five hottest trends of 2014 so far.

As the ‘cloud’ becomes a bit of a buzz word for offsite, secure hosting of pretty much anything we want, we are seeing so many more projects moving their schedules into virtual storage PMP certification. Cloud based project management tools such as Wrike, LiquidPlanner and Gantter are competing directly with office based applications, and are proving to be cost effective reliable and functional across the PM world.

In this modern age of social networking and instant messaging, it is hardly surprising that these conveniences have made their way into the project management sphere too. Web based document sharing is being replaced by intuitive collaboration tools such as Trello, tibbr and Asana as a more powerful way of working collectively on documents and projects.

With the rise in cloud based management and online collaboration, the ability to utilise human resources from all over the world has influenced a significant rise in distributed teams. The use of freelancers has increased too, with many firms realising the benefits of hiring in expert help on short term contracts over employing someone in house.