Earlier this month, we looked at how technology promises to make a positive impact in the public sector; this week, we look at how innovative and enhanced services will affect the corporate sector. Enterprise IT is set to transform the way companies manage their IT assets, following Gartner’s forecast of a 3.9% growth in enterprise IT spending in the US and a global increase of 3.3.% in 2015.
As competition between providers such as AWS, Google and Microsoft drives prices down for raw infrastructure, the value of services continues to increase. For service providers, there will be further emphasis on creating responsive working environments, and on generating effective communication between applications – enabling businesses to make their technology work harder, faster, and more efficiently. According to Microsoft, ‘businesses and other organizations will look to consume and deliver IT as a service. Cloud promises to make IT not just cheaper, but also faster, easier, more flexible and more effective.’
Last year, over three quarters of UK organisations adopted at least one cloud-based service. 2015 will usher in attempts to integrate these tools for enterprise use. Businesses large and small have cited the security of their systems and data when utilising the Cloud as a cause for apprehension; McAfee has addressed their concerns by helping to ‘safely leverage secure cloud computing services.’ According to McAfee, ‘businesses of all sizes can leverage the Cloud to increase innovation and collaboration.’
Another trend amongst organisations which is becoming more apparent is a shift in the role of CIOs, as they embrace real-time hybrid infrastructures, and focus on remaining competitive in a changing market. Accompanying this adjustment is the ongoing trickle of Generation Y employees into the workforce; a generation with changing expectations, who expect to access data and applications from any location, from any device and at any time.
For millennials approaching prospective employers, scope for flexible working hours as well as the ‘tech package’ is a crucial consideration. Last year, 20 million people had the right to ask to work flexibly, and this is likely to be extended. According to Keith Tilley in the Computer Business Review, Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives are set to become standard practice for companies eager to keep up.
Whilst employers seek to respond to the ever-changing needs of employees, so too are software developers opting to respond to customer’s needs more effectively. A recent study by Deloitte has discussed the rise of ‘insourcing’, bringing software development back in-house rather than outsourcing further afield. This trend-reversal is part of a wider shift, signalling that capabilities are taking priority over reducing costs.
Finally, the needs of the mobile user in diverse environments and on the move will take precedence, with more attention given to design for user experience. According to Cathal McGloin, Vice President of Mobile Platforms at Red Hat, ‘enterprise mobile app development will move towards a more collaborative approach.’
One thing is clear: responsive collaboration will be shaping the future in 2015.