What are the IT trends in 2011? What should you do and what should you not?
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The recent disruptive changes in the IT sector due to increased transparency and the need to drive business value have given rise to many concerns for IT managers and personnel.
As the global economy continues to recover from the residual impact of recession, the demands from the IT companies are also increasing:
(a) IT That Drives Business Results - The IT organizations are under pressure to enhance the business rather than just enhancing technology.
(b) New Technologies - Corporate buyers and end-users have heightened expectations of new technologies, new capabilities and better pricing.
(c) Transparency & Accountability – Balancing security against access remains a challenge for new and emerging technologies.
According to Gartner, in the year 2011, the investment decisions need to be made “against a backdrop of continued economic uncertainty and shifting technological demands” and the technology users need to change in response to the changing use of technology.
Here are some IT trends that are predicted for the 2011:
1. Mobile Computing is still risky, exciting and important.
The mobile market until date is very fluid. In addition, we still have only three major carriers and manufacturers in the industry – Apple, Google and Microsoft. They keep coming up with new software and mobiles applications which at times excites customers and sales tend to hike up but most of the time fail to gain much attention and hence mobile computing platform has still not reached stability and many regret stepping into the business. There is no doubt that consumer phones are exciting and you just want to jump in the business and it seems you many earn lots of it. However, Gartner suggest that one must wait for validation of new platforms before basing your entire business IT strategy on them.
2. Software Lifecycle Management remains to be the key.
Software lifecycle management has been previously ignored by most of the IT personnel out there. However, a recent study conducted by the computer world revealed that both the developers and managers should pay great attention to software lifecycle management because of various reasons. Too many organizations have paid great attention to their enterprise software portfolios resulting in an enhanced capability of integration – extending the life of the software and reducing the need for additional development and hence an overall cost cut. The cost cut will be of great importance to any organization in this time of recession and downturn.
3. Cloud Computing strikes a new wave.
The cloud-computing buzz will continue to experience a rise in the year 2011. In fact, Gartner predicts that 2011 will be the year when cloud application are going to be discussed on serious platforms resulting in making the option of moving from enterprise software to cloud more lucrative and enticing.
According to a survey conducted by the Accenture, Institute for High Performance titled as “Cloud rise Report- Figures” the overall adaptability of cloud computing globally has experienced an increase from 25% to 29% in a span of two years. Furthermore, the report also highlights the fact that the use of cloud computing for critical applications has also witnessed a hike from 19% to 25% in a span of a year. Hence, we suggest the IT managers to keep an eye on cloud computing and think of its adaption as early as possible.
Overall, for all IT investors – handle the problems and opportunities in the same way – deal with them incrementally in a way that reduces cost, and risk both at the same time increasing profitability. One should keep in mind these trends in order to be able to align IT capabilities with the overall business and organizational goals.