Driven by advanced technological innovation such as smartphones and other hand-held devices, the traditional office-space is no more confided to a small cubicle. With increased number of BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices), modern-day enterprises are more connected than before. The culture of BYOD has pushed businesses into the age of customization. These days, most companies view each employee as an individual, a valuable stakeholder in the organization who needs customized tools and solutions to deliver his/her services in an effective manner.
2015 was largely riddled with high-profile hacks and data breaches making several organizations unwilling to compromise with data security and the overall business. However, it is expected that 2016, will be evolutionary for both IT and the vendors. It has become important for the enterprises and vendors to work much harder to provide better functionality, flexibility and intelligence. Additionally, they are also expected to maintain high levels of security by complying with regulations.
Trends that are expected to dominate the enterprise IT landscape throughout the year:
Software vendor lock-in may soon cease to exist
With businesses collaborating across multiple services and tools, IT departments are realizing that they need to support the variation to satisfy their end-users and ensure the productivity. Therefore, getting fixed on one service will no longer serve the purpose.
In 2016, technology vendors need to ensure that their technology is properly integrated with other enterprise services, making them available across various apps and solutions. Moreover, we can even expect more number of competing vendors to integrate their services with each other and provide end-users with holistic enterprise solutions. The bottom-line here is that vendor lock-in may near its death by the end of this year, as vendors will be compelled to work together rather than against each another.
Data Analytics making businesses smarter
In last few years, businesses have realized the importance of valuable insights obtained from analyzing huge and complex data that they either created or captured. Many large enterprises are increasingly adopting Data Analytics and Business Intelligence solutions to gain market-insights from the random information they capture from various sources. However, these tools have largely remained out of reach for several small-businesses due to various reasons.