The past year marked an inflection point for IT. Companies of every size now realize that the next stage in the evolution of IT is upon us. 2015 was the year that cloud stopped being a dirty word for corporate IT, people who run mainframes started planning for containers, and big data really hit its stride. Across the stack, next-generation technologies are spreading from hotbeds like Silicon Valley to the rest of the world.
These technologies still face new challenges. I believe that next year we will start to see many of these problems being addressed and a dramatic increase in production use of next generation technologies. In 2016, look for large enterprises to begin:
- Integrating security, governance, compliance, and monitoring requirements with new technologies. Some of these technologies are more mature than others, and this process will take some time
- Fitting new technologies into their infrastructure, which marks a dramatic departure from years past, when it was unclear if these new technologies would take hold
- Emphasizing hybrid cloud environments on every IT plan, though containers will lag other technologies, largely because of the lack of integrated control and monitoring
- Rolling out solutions to handle platform services, including next generation middleware, running on top of millions of ephemeral micro services
- Broadly adopting shared distributed data management, instead of traditional centralized storage
2016 is going to be a very exciting year in technology. It is clear that broad adoption of new technologies among large enterprises will enable the next phase of growth for new industrial capabilities such as IoT.
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