The IT sector is constantly evolving and, like it or not, managers must keep up with today’s exciting, dynamic environment or get left behind. These are the seven key trends that will impact the sector over the next decade, and how you can prepare for them.
- Increased data and analysis
The amount of data being stored globally is mind-blowing and will continue to grow. The upside is the rise of big data; extremely large (and useful) volumes of information ripe for careful, systematic analysis.
Big data analysis is vital if businesses are to assess and resolve issues accurately and bring about new and improved product development. As importantly, it identifies customers’ exact buying habits, along with potential failures, extra costs and risk issues – ideally before they affect the company.
- Cloud data taking over
We will continue to see a major shift towards organisations and businesses using cloud solutions for their IT infrastructure, data management and storage needs. The cloud offers tremendous upsides, such as cost savings and increased flexibility.
The ideal solution is Platform as a Service, which allows organisations to develop, run and manage core aspects of their IT without having to build and maintain their own infrastructure. They can also scale up and down their usage in line with demand.
The main challenge facing IT managers is ensuring a smooth and seamless transition to the cloud, and finding the right solution and service for the requirements of their organisation.
- New threats in cyber security
New cyber threats are appearing daily, from malware to sophisticated phishing but more often now arising from insider threats. They result in data breaches and accidentally lost data. Cloud solutions can help mitigate these risks.
For example, in the event of a data breach or a device falling into the wrong hands, data can be wiped remotely. When it comes to data being accidentally lost, regular cloud back-ups ensure everything can be fully recovered.
We always recommend deploying multi-layer security for both cloud and on-premise IT systems while also ensuring you have a business continuity and data back-up plan in place in the event of a breach.
- Artificial intelligence
If you love Apple’s Siri, you will be well on your way to keeping abreast of Artificial Intelligence (AI), a computer science which, through intelligent machines, reacts like humans, as in the case of speech recognition.
Most AI today relies on advanced learning and natural language processing. Using these technologies, computers can be trained for specific tasks by processing huge amounts of data and recognising patterns.
- Streamlining costs while improving security
Increased analytics, intelligence and security all come at great cost and while organisations are always eager to cut IT spend, they must do so in a way that does not compromise on efficacy and effectivity.
When it comes to communication, for example, IT managers should focus on identifying the best possible communication links, specifically reviewing contracts for links to ensure they are getting the most effective line.
But managers must also ensure these communication links are resilient within wider working practices, such as the rise in the number of people working from home and the additional risks and threats this brings.
- On-going effects of GDPR
GDPR heralds a largely welcomed age of advanced security, and IT managers need to focus more than ever on ethical practices regarding the potential uses of data.
To succeed in the post-GDPR world, IT managers must take a “security first” approach when building their platforms and systems.
- More data capture with IoT
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a full network of internet devices that gather data for future analysis. Data is captured through a range of sensors, from images, to temperature to infrared.
IT managers must identify the sensors that are most relevant to their business to drive efficiencies through the IoT. To do this, they should look at how they sell their service and how technology can be used to drive business efficiency.
These are just some of the trends that will shape the IT sector over the next decade, and by understanding them and how to overcome the challenges they present and leverage the opportunities they offer, IT managers can stay ahead of the game.
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