Technology challenges IT decision-makers face nowadays are unprecedented.
Unstoppable changes, security, hiring, and storage are just to name a few.
Speaking of these issues, here are four technology trends that IT-leaders need to be aware of, that will help make their lives a bit easier.
Server loads are growing.
Each year, network bandwidth is rising, while storage capacity is expanding. Businesses are pushing IT to go faster and faster, while IT is struggling to keep up.
Typically, IT is responding in two ways.
One is to react as fast as possible. The other response is a steady pace, doing things as logically as possible, with a risk-free approach.
Meanwhile, C-level decision makers in their respective IT departments are testing new things that are affecting various business leaders, HR, marketing and sales.
Demand is growing by all departments. To keep up with this demand, we’ve created a service to help.
The IoT (Internet of Things).
Internet of Things is defined as small devices that are self-aware and self-discovering.
These devices support their own mesh networks and are often location-aware as well. IoT is sparking a new way of looking at business and capturing information.
Things like sensors attached to hand-cleaning stations in hospitals to scan badges, and remote devices that manage and track fleet vehicles are examples of small data points that collect data.
IT decision makers need to be aware of such devices as an important technology trend in the context of overarching concerns and accountability.
Infrastructure defined by software.
Software-defined networks are networks created as a new way to operate and automate your IT network.
The goal with software defined networks is to take into account all the tools you use, as an organization. Your IT infrastructure should be proactive, with predictive analytics to help IT staff get a better sense of the health of your network.
You want to take into account infrastructure needs like software that runs your accounting, HR, marketing, sales, CRM, and the like. If these software systems are robust, then you need to plan accordingly.
You want to avoid situations where your business is down because of a loss of power to your data center, or the loss of critical business applications, like the aforementioned.
Be sure and make decisions that are based on your infrastructure needs today, as well as five years down the road and beyond.
Traditional IT sets reliability as the goal as well as price for performance, as the value prop.
This approach is plan-driven and approval-based.
The other direction for IT is set by an agile model, as the goal. This means that IT takes into account things like revenue, brand, and customer experience as the value.
This requires talent through hiring candidates that are good at understanding new and old technologies, with good project management skillsets.
Information Technology has evolved, and so has the need for very specific IT skill-sets that will help you set your direction for IT. The skillset categories most in demand that require your flexible direction are:
- Mobile technology
- Hybrid computing
- Integration and process development
- Along with experience with analytics applications
In order to effectively set your IT direction, you’ll need talent with expertise in storage, servers, network virtualization, among others. You need to set your direction, and be flexible and adaptable as you scale and grow because of the ever changing technology landscape.
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