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How Enterprise IT will Navigate the IT Minefield… Part 2

30th December 2014

Capture 1As we identified last week, the IT landscape is becoming even more complex. Every year businesses are seemingly confronted with even more issues and potential pitfalls that they need to navigate around – not only to remain competitive, but to avoid the loss of reputation and customer trust.

Continuing on from my previous insights, this week I’d like to share numbers 4-6 from my list of those elements will either impact enterprise IT or come to the forefront of consideration during the year ahead.

The final three of the top six trends that will shape enterprise IT in 2015:

  1. The general election

With politicians already limbering up for next year’s election, IT service providers need to ready themselves for the imminent debate. Austerity will continue, with the government looking to reduce its spend dramatically – whilst the need to demonstrate value to the public will not go away.

And thanks to the sensitive nature of government data, any vendor will need to jump through a number of hoops regarding infrastructure considerations and information security classifications.  For smaller Independent Software Vendors this could be a problem, and it’s one we’ll see solved through high profile partnerships with MSPs that can provide not only the technology, but also the accreditations needed (and the help to attain them!) to bid successfully for government contracts.

  1. The rise of Desktop as a Service

2015 will create an even bigger demand for Desktop as a Service (DaaS). The expectations of employees are changing, and with more and more ‘Generation Y’ workers entering the workforce, IT departments are finding it increasingly challenging to keep up the pace with today’s technology demands[2]. For some millennials, the tech package combined with flexible working practices can be a major factor when considering potential employers.  This trend is only set to get bigger, especially with further adoption of flexible working laws.

Whether ‘digital natives’ or ‘digital migrants’, employees now expect to access mission critical data and key applications from any location or device and if companies wish to keep up with modern working practices they need to ensure that they make headway in 2015 into providing this type of service.

  1. Coping with Cloud Complexity

Cloud has most certainly hit the mainstream, and in 2014 over three quarters of UK organisations formally adopted at least one cloud-based service.  However, not everything is rosy – while the cloud initially promised to cut IT complexity, many CIOs have found themselves with a new set of challenges. With so many early cloud adopters rushing in and only looking at the immediate, short-term benefits of the cloud many have found themselves caught up in the intricate network of vendors, none of which have integrated clouds.

The cloud myth is well and truly over. In the next year we’ll see businesses looking to extricate themselves from their multiple IT environments – streamlining their estate as they understand that cloud computing is not a technical achievement, but a tool to deliver a specific, individual business outcome.

Forward looking CIOs – or perhaps just wise ones! – will see that the key to successful cloud deployments that do deliver, are based upon responsibly consuming cloud alongside the other physical and virtual environments the business has. Hybrid IT will precede truly integrated Hybrid Cloud, and may indeed be essential to it.

[1] IDG Market Insight, CIO Perspectives on Digital Disruption: 45% of CIOs would explore the possibility of working more closely with hosting and MSPs.

[2] IDG Market Insight, CIO Perspectives on Digital Disruption: 72% CIOs cite support for remote and/or mobile working as very  or extremely important.


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