2014 was a big year for enterprise technology and 2015 is shaping up to be even bigger. From the cloud computing revolution to the open source movement, here are our tech trends to watch over the coming year.
Bring your own device
The BYOD movement has been picking up pace on the enterprise scene. Many businesses have already implemented it as standard fare, and attention this year will no doubt turn to managing all of these devices. The hard thing about allowing users to use their own devices of preference is that controlling data and protecting it can be more complicated. Enterprise tech will now look to solve this and focus on enterprise mobility management.
Security always features on these lists and it doesn’t look to be going away anytime soon. With the number of large scale data breaches and enterprise attacks in recent times, there will be an ongoing trend towards finding ways to secure the data of enterprises and their customers. The challenge now will be ensuring that security is conducted and implemented in a way that doesn’t adversely impact the employee or customer experience (for example, ease of access).
Enterprises have already been making the move towards cloud based networks and, furthermore, are growing increasingly comfortable with public clouds. With security an ongoing concern, hybrid solutions may become the focus, with IT professionals looking for the optimal way to strike a balance between public and private clouds from a security perspective. Some enterprises have even already committed to the public cloud in full.
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things has been a growing movement, and 2015 will see it extend further by using large amounts of data and combining this with new applications designed to allow efficiencies to finally be put into practice. This is particularly apparent for the manufacturing industries, where factories have been moving towards this but have been lacking the right application to connect the dots. Developments in machine learning will also contribute to this trend.
Big data and analytics
Big data seems like old news, but the reality is that it has just become quite a mainstream term in recent years. The trend towards big data will continue, but the addition this year will be the focus on analytics. By extracting the data and being better able to read it for practical implications, analytics will become an even more useful and sophisticated tool for enterprise.
While it sounds like something out of a science fiction film, liquid computing refers to the ease of which users can work between devices. For example, starting work on a desktop workstation, but being able to fluidly move on to working on a tablet and even smartphone is a key productivity tool, and something that we’ll continue to see develop this year. Apple has already shown promise with its handoff feature in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite for the consumer market and enterprise will also surely capitalise on this too.
The open source landscape has long been favoured by startups and innovators in early stage companies for its ease of access and use. There will however likely be an increasing trend towards enterprises adopting some open source frameworks as well, as they start to appreciate the benefits it can provide. The open source ecosystem inspires innovation by nature, and enterprises will follow suit once they see how it can cut costs and improve efficiencies. This will most probably be a trend that will start to emerge this year but won’t fully take effect for some time as it requires a large shift in enterprise culture.
2015 is shaping up to be an interesting year in enterprise technology and whilst these are our predictions for key trends over the year, there are no doubt likely to be many others too. The enterprise IT ecosystem is interconnected and the benefit of this is that developments in one area often lead to developments in other areas by sheer attrition.