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IT predictions for 2017, according to Riverbed
Allan Paton, regional vice -president for UK, Ireland and sub-Saharan Africa at Riverbed, offers the company’s trends and predictions for the year ahead.
Enterprises move toward a strategic architecture for digital transformation: IDC predicts that, by 2017, 60% of digital transformation initiatives will be unable to scale due to a lack of a strategic architecture. And by 2018, 70% of siloed digital transformation initiatives will ultimately fail due to insufficient collaboration, integration, sourcing, or project management. Research from MIT Sloan Management and Deloitte University Press concurs. They found that less-mature digital companies tend to take a tactical, piecemeal approach as they solve discrete business problems with individual digital technologies. As a result, they don’t fully integrate digital technologies with their business operations, don’t solve the underlying infrastructure problems that cause frequent application performance issues across the enterprise, and fail to deliver the required technical capabilities at scale.
Everything becomes software-defined: Whether it is compute, storage or networking, you can see increased impact and adoption of software-defined everything. In the software-defined world, management and control of computing environment, storage and networking is automated by intelligent software and not by the hardware components.
Visibility creates a competitive advantage for the hybrid enterprise: After deploying a hybrid environment, which can be complex and difficult to manage, the work is just beginning for the enterprise. The process continues as application requirements and business needs evolve. So, to increase agility, IT is always evaluating and adopting cloud services and related technologies like PaaS, containers and micro-services to deliver applications faster. IT organisations will keep an eye on the longer-term to ensure that they can scale as usage increases.
Cloud visibility becomes critical to success of DevOps approach to digital services: DevOps teams are increasingly using the cloud’s PaaS capabilities together with third-party components to develop composite applications faster. According to Sonatype, the average enterprise downloads more than 229 000 components annually, of which one in 16 has security defects. Third-party components account for 80% – 90% of the code in a typical enterprise application today. Current monitoring for components traces app transactions through server interactions, which obscures dependencies within the app layer.
The cloud-ready branch ends data storage at remote locations: Organisations that lose data, lose business. Regardless of the mix of cloud services being used, backing up data is still a necessity, especially at branch or remote sites. Branch IT is poised for transformation with the rising adoption of cloud-first strategies, and as CIOs look for ways to reduce the risk of data loss at the branch.