Predictions for the coming year help us better position ourselves to respond to future opportunities and challenges as they present themselves—no matter what they are. Although we can’t tell the future, anticipating what may be coming is one way in which businesses can stay competitive and ahead of the pack.
Now that organizations are becoming much more familiar with BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices), it is likely Bring Your Own Service (storage, analytics, and the like) will start to introduce a whole new set of issues into the IT space
Experts recommend that organizations start shifting focus from devices to information access by establishing clear expectations for end users—and that means clear policy and a means of enforcing it.
Next generation automation
The use of automation, focusing on increasingly sophisticated operational tasks is likely to continue to progress throughout 2014.Increasing data, complexity, budget constraints—these things will not be diminishing in the coming year, if ever. IT must and will likely continue respond by building systems to help conserve its most precious resource: time.
Experts foresee a need to rely on systems with the ability to automate decision making, which requires machines that can learn, anticipate, and evolve to automate complex decisions. The upshot is that employees can then, theoretically, focus on business activities that involve creativity and innovation.
We’ve only just begun to see the possibilities of software defined networks and data centre components and 2014 is likely to unveil some of these exciting new technologies.
The flexibility that software-defined networking will provide and the new capabilities it enables will allow for new types of applications.
Experts see software-defined everything as being a key tool to handling the current and upcoming challenges of IT by freeing ourselves from physical devices. They also note software-defined as a key to integrating many of the current IT trends, such as mobility and BYOD, and handling every increasing complexity.
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