5. IT Goes Bi-Modal
Whereas startups have the benefit of entering into the cloud age from their conception, most enterprises are working with legacy systems while testing new systems as they slowly transition into future technologies.
As such, IT is going bi-modal, meaning that many organizations will have two models designed to deliver information in a unique way. Traditional models focus on legacy systems and provide a level of security and accuracy, while nonlinear puts its emphasis on implementing new technologies to enhance speed and agility. A combination of legacy and new under the same roof is a common case for enterprises.
As IT evolves, so will your systems. It’s up to your team to implement these changes in a way that supports both traditional and incoming tech.
6. Centralized Data Hubs
With the amount of data enterprises gather increasing exponentially, and the value of that data climbing as well, IT teams are establishing centralized hubs. These hubs allow for improved protection, management, and governance of data.
Your centralized hub will need to scale beyond file system limitation, aggregate data from multiple sources, and deliver search and governance capabilities from both private and public clouds.
7. Flash Storage Overtaking Hard Disk Drives
Speaking of data hubs, based on 5-year projections for power, cooling, maintenance, management, and floor space, the cost per bit for flash storage has already undercut that of HDDs.
That eliminates the main argument against going all flash, plus you won’t have to worry about determining tier 1 vs. tier 2 data. Projections indicate revenues for flash will soon overtake that of HDDs as more enterprises take advantage of this information.
8. Virtual and Augmented Reality Meets Business
Virtual and augmented realities are finding applications in business as they establish themselves as powerful tools to enhance the way brands support their customers. Traditional keyboards and displays will make way for new paradigms for communication and collaboration.
With the overlays possible from AR and entirely new perspectives provided by VR, enterprises in everything from transportation to healthcare to education will find applications for this tech that will inevitably enhance outcomes across the board.
As such, IT will become responsible for determining the most effective way to implement these technologies/tools into their business systems as a way of enhancing deliverables.
9. Predictive Analytics
As enterprises work to predict events that will impact their business, predictive analytics is gaining traction as a reliable method for improving the speed and accuracy of important business decisions and optimizations.
With the help of Big Data warehousing and analytics, these businesses are able to understand their customer journey like never before, as well as optimize business systems based on hard data to dramatically increase the efficiency of their operations.
Brands are implementing the use of in-memory databases and streaming analytics platforms to gather real-time insights on developing trends. Many are connecting these data streams to Hadoop to analyze them further and storing them for the potential of further future analysis.
The more data you gather you collect, the more capable you become when it comes to making real-time optimizations and predicting future outcomes.
10. Sinosphere Established as Innovation Leader
The Sinosphere—China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam—has become a hotbed for innovation that will soon empower businesses around the globe. Both technological innovation and business information systems are being embraced by cultures who are becoming more and more open to taking risks and heavily invest in mathematics, computer education, and sciences.
The global market will soon see a wide variety of innovations coming from the region. The IT environment may look very different in just a few years because of this.
When it comes to keeping your organization relevant and competitive, it’s important to understand the changes being implemented by cutting-edge enterprises and IT teams around the world. This list above gives you a taste of what’s to come while providing the spark to begin implementing changes within your own company.
It’s now up to you to determine which of the trends outlined above could provide your company with the tools to deliver optimal outcomes and operate at a higher level of efficiency.