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Looking forward to 2015

Patrick Hubbard, Head Geek at SolarWinds | Jan. 30, 2015
A glimpse into IT trends to watch for in 2015 that will shape how IT personnel tackle associating pain points.

This vendor-written piece has been edited by Executive Networks Media to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favour the submitter's approach.

A 2014 SolarWinds study revealed that majority (64 percent) of IT personnel feel ill-equipped to make informed, strategic decisions about emerging technologies putting many Singapore businesses behind the curve. Here we provide a glimpse into IT trends to watch for in 2015 that will shape how IT personnel tackle associating pain points.

1.       More applications, more problems? Slow is the new broke

In an app-centric world, complete visibility of network performance is a no brainer for 2015. According to SolarWinds, almost every Singapore employee reported that application performance and availability directly affect their ability to do their job. In fact, 59 percent of end users said it was absolutely critical to help accomplish their work.

The pressure on IT [ros continues to increase with evolving end user expectations. In 2015, IT pros should consider performance as much as finances when it comes to compute, storage and networking technology, to avoid hassles later on.

With more and more businesses transitioning to the cloud -- which was also identified by as many as a third (33 percent) of Singapore companies as the one technological advancement that has had the most significant impact on their company --understanding the app centric environment is essential. By breaking down traditional IT silos and understanding how critical apps are becoming for business, IT Pros can transition into the full application stack view to truly optimise performance -- not only for IT, but the business as a whole and in the future.

2.       Evolution of BYOD and impact of IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises all manner of efficiencies, personalisation and servicesand many companies are offering advice on how best to manage it whiletaking advantage of the benefits, eventually. But the real challenge is the change of mindset and whole new way of managing networks and IT use policy. Over the coming year we'll have to reassess how we grant access to devices that we would normally outright refuse.Traditionally the best way to keep the network secure hasbeen to limit access. With BYOD evermore the norm IoT is seen as the next challenge networks will have to manage, with even more access from a much wider variety of devices.

IoT networks will have to support as many devices as possible and they'll then need to explore their full range of services to create the biggest most mineable data to meet the demand. IoTconnectivity providers will have an opportunity to consolidate user data-collection networks and resell this information into identity/behaviour marketplaces.

Essentially we'll have to learn to manage our networks inside out.

 

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