With today’s emerging digital business opportunities, IT management needs to be aligned with business strategy in order to be responsive and adaptable. In order to compete, businesses will need IT to provide strategic value to deliver innovative products and services.
Here are ten predictions for the future of IT management from Gareth, owner of Burnt Orange Solutions :
1. Businesses will be reliant on cloud technology to remain viable.
In the future, 98 percent of business data will be stored in the cloud rather than traditional company data centers.
2. Everything-as-a-Service dynamic will take over.
Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) dynamic is superior because IT is managed as an ever-changing product that is highly conducive to innovation. Cloud computing models such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) models will become less popular.
3.Risk management, cybersecurity, and remote work will be prioritized for businesses.
As a result of these priorities, IT networks will need to be optimized for resilience in order to support businesses with regard to these priorities.
4. China will likely be in the process of building the first 6G networks.
Therefore, 5G wireless networks will have evolved to deliver high-bandwidth, low-latency connections to power advanced industrial internet of things (IoT).
5. Advanced edge computing will be prevalent.
This will provide real-time local data processing which will enhance IoT systems and reduce traffic in the cloud network. Machines will be communicating and making decisions without human intervention, and mechanisms will exist that will fix problems on their own.
6. Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will be common.
VR and AR will exist in many business environments including warehouses, as well as in employee training programs of various types.
7. Sources for analytics will diversify.
Having diverse sources to obtain analytics data will improve machine learning algorithms and make for stronger predictions to form better decision making.
8. Roles such as data entry, customer service, and manufacturing will become obsolete.
Advances in AI, robotics, and automation, improve productivity and efficiency for businesses. Jobs that do not even exist yet will fill any voids.
9. Network visibility and cybersecurity will be exponentially improved.
All network endpoints will be monitored from a single interface through unified endpoint management platforms.
10. GDPR-inspired federal data privacy laws will be enacted.
These laws will exist in most industrialized nations, and compliance with these laws will make data security management a top priority for every business.
As services become increasingly automated, the primary role of IT will shift in order to support business strategies. IT’s focus will be to integrate business systems, accelerate product development, and ultimately improve customer experience for businesses. Employees will have the ability to implement their own technology solutions through low-and no-code development platforms, so IT will need to be consultants in supporting businesses navigating their own IT functions.