Technology in an evolving economy
Enterprise IT continued to evolve in 2012 at a lightning-fast pace. Concepts like hybrid environments and cloud operating systems moved from being buzzwords that were discussed and planned for, to, in many cases, full-scale implementation.
Simultaneously, other trends began to take shape—trends that will heavily influence the way enterprises approach IT well into this year and beyond. These trends range from the way organisations handle big data to the ever-present need for mission-critical computing. They signify the rising importance of IT within the enterprise, and beg the answer to the question “What does the future enterprise platform really look like?”
The role of IT has never been more important within the enterprise. In a recent Gartner and Forbes survey of Board of Directors, the percent of respondents that rated IT’s strategic business value contribution as high or extremely high doubled between 2010 and 2012. The rising expectations of executives require IT to be even more agile when addressing the needs of the business.
In response, we’re seeing a trend towards convergence of compute, storage and network as integrated infrastructure in the next few years. Many organisations are also looking to standardise their infrastructure to become more efficient. While the long-term goal is simplification and standardisation, this represents a significant shift for IT. How and when companies move forward will depend on their ongoing virtualisation and cloud computing efforts.
From a process perspective, we’re also seeing
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