4 New IT trends for businesses in 2015 to improve performance and efficiency and lower TCO.
With the recent iPhone 6 frenzy there’s no doubt that mobile devices are more popular than ever. They are a business staple. Gartner suggest that by 2016 more than 1.6 billion smart mobile devices will be purchased globally. However, as businesses move into the decade studies suggest a shift in focus away from the hardware itself, and toward mobile strategy, collaboration and apps. Mobile Device Management (MDM) will be a key mobility trend during 2015, as businesses seek to balance security, productivity, sharing and usability. Such tools will grow in scope to address such issues across devices.
Cloud computing has been a business megatrend. It has permeated IT over the last five years. And this isn’t likely to ease. CRN predicted by 2015 almost $100 billion will be spent by small businesses on cloud-based services. It isn’t hard to see why. According to David Cearly, Gartner fellow and vice president, cloud computing has changed the way businesses and individuals choose to deliver or acquire IT services with less emphasis on traditional hardware and software licensing constraints. Cloud solution provide businesses, regardless of size, with extensive cost saving and efficiency improving options. However studies predict a shift in how companies approach cloud. It will be less about cost saving and more about strategic planning. Businesses are now looking for new ways to extend their cloud, and improve ROI. One Gartner study suggests, ‘the cloud promises to deliver a range of benefits, including a shift from capital-intensive to operational cost models, lower overall cost, greater agility and reduced complexity.’ Hybrid cloud options are also predicted to grow in popularity.
Gartner predicts big data skills shortages during 2015, forcing enterprises to reassess their competencies and skills in these areas. However one of the more beneficial big data trends recently has been the growth in big data platforms and tools to drill into data. Hadoop and NoSQL databases are the primary platforms on the market. These platforms assist in storing and processing large quantities of data quickly. It is helpful in seeing correlations between data sets. Visualization tools, such as Tableau, are also growing in popularity. They are helpful in positioning data insights and segmentation. And as the Internet of Things (IoT) rises more data than ever before will be unleashed, such platforms will be vital for businesses in finding efficient solutions for analytics, automation and data gathering.
Minimizing disruption not only ensures organizational stability, but provides a competitive advantage. During 2015 and 2016 a key trend is Managed Backup solutions. This comes in response to increasing complexity and costs for small and medium businesses to manage their backup internally. Dolewski (2013) explains that, 're-directing investments towards a managed DR solution removes the uncertainty of staff and infrastructure during a regional disaster.' This assists businesses in strategy preparation, and in recovery after a disater. Businesses will benefit from the improved backup implementation speed Managed Backup providers can give. Such solutions will enable businesses to optimize current processes and ensure faster and stronger recovery.