With 2016 just around the corner, it’s that time of year when many organisations will be drawing a line under 2015 and looking ahead to the future. So what can IT professionals across both the public and private sectors expect in 2016? We’ve outlined some of the key trends which we believe will impact the business technology landscape over the next 12 months.

  1. The NHS will go digital. Whether it’s a virtual doctor’s appointment, NHS-approved healthcare apps, or digitised public health records, the next 12 months will likely see even more technology introduced to the NHS. The real test will centre on proper implementation and management of this technology, so that both healthcare professionals and patients see the benefits.
  1. 2016 will also likely be the year in which VR and ‘voice’ make inroads into the workplace Windows 10 launched in 2015 to much fanfare and a positive reaction from users – and it’s free for 12 months. So 2016 is likely to see significant adoption of Windows 10 both from enterprise and personal users. As such, we can expect to see growing business use of some of the more innovative features that include Virtual Reality and voice computing (i.e. HoloLens and Cortana).
  1. Enterprise computing will also be impacted by the continued rise of hybrid cloud. Next year, we can expect to see more widespread adoption of hybrid cloud models across a range of industries as businesses opt to use a mix of internal and external cloud services. As some of our recent research studies have shown, CIOs believe IT infrastructures have become increasingly complex. Hybrid cloud gives companies a way to simplify their IT environment while moving away from legacy IT infrastructures.
  1. 2016 will also be the year that big data gets bigger. Even previously reluctant sectors, such as financial services, will start to embrace analytics tools to make the most of their data. Predictably, this will also appear in tandem with a rise in spending on cloud computing, as businesses look to systems which can handle the deluge of data they look after.
  1. With security now imprinted onto the public’s consciousness following a year of high-profile data breaches, it’s hard to escape the idea that 2016 will be the year of the hacker. While businesses may be at a turning point in their migration to the Cloud, this brings new challenges in terms of data security and no longer having critical business data contained within the walls of their own properties. With data at the heart of any business, the tension between availability, mobility and security promises to be a real challenge for the market.

 

If your organisation is likely to be impacted by any of the above trends, Trustmarque is here to help.  Please contact us on 0845 2101 500, or email us at info@trustmarque.com.