It’s that time of year again — when all the IT gurus, experts and analysts put on their pointy prognostication hats and suss out what’s ahead for this industry of ours. What are the tech trends and buzzwords that might come into play for the coming year?
When it comes to cloud, Forrester paints a rather interesting picture for 2016. We’ve reached peak mainstream acceptance, the research firm notes in Predictions 2016: The Cloud Accelerates. But that means smaller cloud providers are being gobbled up by top-tier vendors. And that, in turn, means there might be less infrastructure-as-a-service cloud services offerings out in the wild to choose from, notes InformationWeek.
That said, Forrester says using security concerns as an excuse for not adopting a cloud strategy is a non-starter in 2016 — the cloud space has matured and the major products now out there have a strong level of security assurance by way of automated systems.
Research firm IDC also points to the cloud. In its IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Manufacturing 2016 Predictions, the firm says that “companies will realize the short-term opportunity of using the cloud as the fabric to establish a company-wide platform to analyzing data … and converting it into actionable information for enterprise decision makers.”
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) is here to stay and will play an even bigger role in 2016, posits Tech.Co. The IoT application mindshare will be the next battlefield, it argues, adding that as more things get connected, some of which can only handle a handful of apps, “getting businesses and consumers to value a development is going to be crucial, and this is where developers will find their fight.”
eWeek notes that IoT will become increasingly important for business, and those businesses will become more savvy in how they deploy the technology — for instance, linking M2M with cloud platforms and big data analytics.
Issues that will be top of mind in 2016 include cyber supply chain security, identity consumerization, cyber insurance and ransomware, according to Network World. With an expected increase in malware and cyber attacks — in addition to an increasingly ambitious and fearless hacking community — network professionals will need to understand that “cybersecurity extends beyond the corporate LAN,” meaning that reviewing and potentially implementing third-party risk management tools and controls will be strong proactive strategies for the coming year, according to author Jon Oltsik.
Digital News Asia was generally in agreement on the security front, noting that the enterprise network is poised to enter an “exciting” period of change. Citing Gartner stats that predict more than 10,000 enterprises worldwide will have deployed software-defined networks (SDN) by the end of 2016, it says that businesses will need to build a business case for more “flexible and scalable technologies” as SDN, application-aware and intelligent networks look to be more prominent in the coming year.
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