The IT department must be able to adapt to ever-changing business requirements and, more importantly, take the lead in becoming a strategic business asset to the organization. Looking at emerging trends and how they are coming into play within the IT space is vital to the success of any organization. Preparing for the year ahead, it is important to look at some of the biggest trends for 2015.
Here are 5 mega trends that are shaping IT business initiatives in 2015:
- Information Security
Information Security has been on the short list of top priorities time and time again, recently at number one for the second year in a row in a study done by ESG. In the realm of Information Security, 2014 was a year of what seemed like continuous threats and occurrences of security and data breaches which affected retailors, gaming networks, banks, and governments. Threats ranging from full-blown cybercrime to someone simply connecting their own unauthorized device onto the network. Security/risk management is ranked as the number one business initiative driving IT spending in 2015, something that has never been seen before. Improving security/risk management is the top justification for IT investment in the upcoming year. Number one among six meta-trends, security is the most important trend for businesses over the course of 2015.
- Data Center Modernization
As business requirements drive simplicity and time-to-value within IT departments, hyper-convergence will begin to take on a much larger role in data center modernization. Disrupting the status quo, IT organizations will make the move toward hyper-converged infrastructure within the data center to replace server and storage components. As software-defined infrastructure takes hold, operations and administration will be redefined. Automated operations will eliminate configurations and reconfigurations on the hardware level. Though disruptive to traditional IT roles, this will allow administrators to focus their efforts on new skills rather than commonplace, repetitive tasks. In software-defined and post-virtualization data centers, the virtual machine or workload will become the leader. Hardware-centric formatting, a bottom-up approach, will become a thing of the past as top-down, workload-centric control takes over. Establishing policy at the virtual-machine level will enable automation throughout the data center, revolutionizing how operations teams control the environment. In 2015, a convergence of technologies will enable both onsite operational recovery and offsite disaster recovery. Virtualization and cloud have provided new approaches for backup and disaster recovery leading to faster recovery, reduced risks, and lower costs.
- Data Analytics
According to IDC, the big data and analytics market will reach $125 billion in 2015. Data analytics tools will be working on the front lines to provide integrated and complete security threat prediction, detection, prevention and deterrence programs (International Institute of Analytics, IIA). New technologies will be adopted that provide IT with a continuous analysis of data and information. Buying and selling data will make a large contribution to an organization’s revenue. 70% of organizations currently purchase external data and IDC predicts that 100% of organizations will do so by 2019. Parallel with this, organizations will begin to monetize their data through value-added content. IIA predicts that 2015 will mark a transition point of investment by organizations in generating and monetizing sources of new and unique data.
Cloud computing in all forms, public, private, and hybrid, is changing the way that businesses consume, manage, and price IT requiring a new way of thinking. Cloud services promise a wide range of benefits from lower overall costs to reduced complexity. With adoption rates increasing year over year, cloud services such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) are taking over. By 2015, 50% of large global enterprises will rely on external cloud computing services for a minimum of one of their top 10 revenue generating processes and by 2016, all large global enterprises will use some sort of public cloud service (Gartner). Gartner recommends that enterprises focus current efforts on application and data integration, connecting fixed internal and external applications into a hybrid solution.
At the center of all business transformations is mobility. Mobility allows for more convenient collaboration and communication throughout organizations. Mobile devices are essential to communication within business and the demand for mobile-expertise has never been greater. Enterprise mobility has become a major driver for IT spending in large organizations. Mobility initiatives can deliver tremendous value to organizations as they lower costs, support flexible work schedules, and improve employee productivity. Elevated levels of connectivity and communication are changing the way that information is accessed and altering how employees complete their day-to-day job responsibilities. New enterprise applications will enable employees for next generation interactivity as well as improved performance driving change within the industry. Through mobility, enabled employees will have the ability to enable the entire organization to become more successful.
The technology industry is constantly changing and as industry trends evolve, business initiatives must evolve with them. As the most important trend for businesses over the course of 2015, information security should move to the top of any priority list. Falling not too far behind, data analytics, data center modernization, cloud, and mobility should be taken into great consideration when determining business initiatives.
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