The digitization of the enterprise not something that can be ignored anymore. Without IT leading the way with the newest technologies, enterprises may be not be ready for the transition. There have been and always will be lessons IT has learned and will continue to learn, past and present.
The closing of a year should be a time for reflection. Evaluation of your business enterprise is a positive strategy to ensure you are on the right track for the future. With the IoT in the forefront of many of our plans, IT is quickly becoming an important piece of the puzzle. Looking onto the past year, we decide what try to glean some wisdom about what was done right and what can be done differently in 2016.
Every year brings with it new challenges, and new lessons, for IT in the enterprise. Here are 10 of the lessons IT learned this past year.
Here are 10 of the most important lessons that IT learned in 2015.
BYOD and other things are here to stay
The smartphone has grown to become one of the most important tools in a business enterprise. The always on employee matches the speed by which business is conducted. There are many digital devices that are accepted to make sure the enterprise runs and is maintained 24 hours/7days a week. With this always-on strategy, Bring Your Own.. everything.
“BYOX is the new mantra with consumers bringing their own applications, cloud sharing tools, social media into the enterprise; essentially bringing their own expectations of which technology they want to use and how and where they want to work in a corporate environment,” said Chuck Pol, president of Vodafone Americas.
DevOps is no longer just a buzzword
What does it really mean? “DevOps” methodology gained huge popularity in 2015 as a reference to an agile method that stresses the collaboration of development and operations. To be able to collaborate the teams that write code and the maintenance is the ultimate goal to ensure that the application runs optimally. This methodology and strategy in an evolving practice. As with any new process, challenges have presented themselves, but it could be an exceptional way of creating and delivering enterprise software products. Expanding it’s capabilities in 2016 is a goal of many in this industry.
Data is the new Gold!
There is a steady request to collect and analyze the data that has already been collected. With the advent of Twitter and other social media outlets, Big Data has shown its usefulness. Now, many industries have been shown the possible benefits of using the Data collected to increase knowledge of their businesses and therefore potentially increasing profits. In 2016, the tools available for analysis of the data collected will help make inroads to creating a better enterprise organization. Many businesses with the help of the newest tools have gotten better at distinguishing between relevant and irrelevant data.
“It is no longer credible to look at data as big static objects in a deep lake, but rather be considered a set of fast moving assets in a raging river,” said Neil Jarvis, CIO of Fujitsu America. “In 2016 and beyond, companies need to look at the data that creates business-relevant information for today and tomorrow.”
Locating the Right people to do the Job!
Knowing that there are challenges with finding the right talent to grow your business is basically understanding why you may want to look at other options to get the job done. Enterprises are going to have to work harder to attract and retain talent or look to other methods to solve their app. development challenges, such as outsourcing. Finding the right outsourcing partner may make sense to augmenting your in-house teams. It would fall to your outsourcing partner to ensure they have the best talent to do the job.
According to the latest surveys, the current estimates suggest there are more than one million IT job openings across the US alone, skill levels ranging from support to network admins.
The Platform: most forgotten
Understanding the potential benefits with all these technologies will be one way for management to understand the newest and possible lucrative part of their enterprise organization.
The Second Wave of Cloud
Long-ago is the day when people decided to push their applications to the cloud. It is a necessity to compete in this digital world. Cloud acceptance is no longer optional. Making your applications and operating systems truly mobile and digital is redefining the way products are created and used. SMB’s are now easily seeing the potential ROI in this strategy. They are embracing cloud inn far greater numbers than originally thought.
Security is Top-of Mind
Too many security breaches have happened. And, I’m sure there are many that have not been publicized. With that being said, many organizations need to keep the data that they have collected to do their business secure. This will force IT security professionals to adopt new ways of thinking.
According to Intel Security CTO, Steve Grobman “”IT must embrace the mindset that they have already been breached, now how do you protect your environment with this new default outlook?”
IT budgets Should Expand to Highlight their Importance
As the pace of digital transformation continues to transform business, the infrastructure has become more complex and more difficult to view as one entity. This complexity needs to be shown in the budget of the IT department. The IT department will continue to grow to include the talent to grow the enterprise.
What is the Biggest Security Risk?
Yes, again and again the largest potential security risk is the users who are in the organization. It is not just the devices that are used, but the poor passwords that are used, and unsecured networks that are available. This is a treasure trove for the hacker who will steal your data and hurt your organization.
These potential security threats will not decrease with an organization that does not acknowledge and aggressively address the fact that they are responsible for the organization’s well being. The IT department is the best line of defense for thwarting potential security breaches.
Making the Most of Self-Service Technology and Services
Organizations will continue to attempt to increase their use of self-service tools and services that are available. As development lifecycles are becoming shorter and shorter, showing a sustainable profit is more difficult. It will be the job of everyone in the organization to increase profits.
Using the self services tools from Microsoft for data analytics and Digitizing your organization’s footprint can go along way to increasing your user experiences. Having the resources to understand the potential capabilities of what the tools can do, will be the way to making the most of their potential benefits.