Leveraging Hu's Top 10 Ive added some of my own personal thoughts and observations -
#1: IT will adopt IoT platforms to facilitate the application of IoT solutions - A few years ago there was a saying that anyone in IT who didn't understand "the fundamentals of business" would be challenged to grow their career. In 2018 I would argue that anyone in business that doesn't understand "the fundamentals of IT" will be challenged to excel in their careers. IoT makes IT ubiquitous and provides a platform to transform every process and every asset across any company; these geysers of data becomes the catalyst for transformation! Those who seize this opportunity will benefit for years to come.
#2: Containers enable movement to the next level of virtualisation - In 2017 we saw production scale deployment of containers and continued standardization of container management across the vendor community. We also saw the public cloud embrace and integrate containers into their architectural models. Lastly we saw PaaS vendors (like Pivotal) integrate containers into their architectures and workflows). The key to keep in mind here is that it is not a question of "VM or Containers" but rather "VM and Containers" - Its all about choice and flexibility for the given workload.
#3: Analytics and artificial intelligence - In 2017 we saw the shift in corporations looking at Analytics as a "rear-view mirror" to Analytics as a "windshield" allowing organizations to start predicting and preventing issues before they occur. Much of that analytics came from the data orchestration or the "blending" of various data sources across the business. In 2018 preventative maintenance will allow more organizations to drive significant cost savings and predictive modelling will greatly improve customer loyalty and top line revenues. As more data is analyzed and modeled we will see an incredible ability for machines to actually "learn" from past events and this "Artificial Intelligence" will dramatically augment our human workforce.
#4: Data governance 2.0. - I agree wholeheartedly with Hu; General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to come into effect in Europe in May 2018 will be a huge catalyst in driving tighter Data Governance across all organizations. Corporations will need to formalize their Data Stewardship Strategy including acquiring the ability to blend and correlate all relevant data back to an individual customer. Existing arrangements around the 3rd party resale of data will be a huge topic of conversation.
#5: Object storage gets smart. In 2017 we saw tremendous growth in audio, video and social streams. All of this data holds tremendous promise but what is required is deep metadata analytics -
- Who is in the photo/video?
- Who's voice is in the audio?
- What are the participants talking about?
- What location is this happening in?
- What topics are getting mentioned on social media?
- Is there sensitive or confidential information exposed?
In 2018, Object Storage is no longer a static repository for data that can be searched on an ad-hoc basis - It is an intelligent respository with the power to extend analytics to metadata allowing organizations to benefit from lower costs, lower risk and increased customer experiences!
#6: Wider adoption of video analytics - Over the last several years video cameras have become pervasive for security and monitoring. Traditionally this footage has been recorded and stored in case it was needed for research or security purposes. In 2018 video surveillance continues its evolution moving from a passive capture device to an active "sensor" proactively tracking noise, movement, temperature and even odour to alert operators of potentially hazardous situations. Use cases extend from smart manufacturing to public safety driving tremendous benefits from Day 1.
#7: Blockchain projects will begin to impact IT - While cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin will likely take time to mature, the underlying platform of Blockchain holds tremendous promise for simplifying the processing of transactions without the need of a central "clearinghouse". Financial Services organizations are already embracing private pilot implementations of blockchain to simplify their financial clearing process thereby optimizing the experience of their customers. In 2018 I expect we will see every industry looking at blockchain and its respective platforms (Ethereum, Hyperledger) as having potential to save costs and accelerate their business. These platforms will need the help of IT to replace, integrate and extend existing applications and architectures.
#8: The time is right for biometric authentication - As all machines become "smart machines" - security will be of paramount importance. As we move beyond GUIs and CLIs and more towards voice commands and peripheral movement authentication will need to be simple and accurate. To date we have seen fingerprints and even facial biometrics but industrial applications will look for stronger options. In 2018 security of "smart machines" becomes a major topic and biometrics takes center stage.
#9: The extension of agile methodologies across the enterprise. Agility means doing more with less; specifically saying "yes" to more projects that can drive a positive impact to the bottom line. Agile methodologies accelerate "proof of value" thereby separating potential concepts from market ready solutions. This acceleration optimizes corporate investment and prioritizes funding against the achievement of milestones. In 2018 agile continues to become the "norm" in how transformation projects are driven across the enterprise.
#10: The Co-creation of value. The most fruitful relationships are ones with drive beneficial value to both parties. In 2018 this means strategic IT vendors, system integrators, channel partners and clients working together to harness their collective experience collaborating on new solutions. In doing so success becomes predictable and the outcomes and value associated with the end solution become a mutual responsibility.
Happy New Year! Looking forward to an exciting 2018!