The Future of Enterprise I.T.
As we look to the future and what it means for IT, we first have to look back at where we’ve been.
So what does all of this really mean for the future of IT in the enterprise? Even as consumerization, cloud, and BYO continue to evolve, the device itself will continue to be a relevant piece of technology. While in three to five years the common computing device most people use as their default may look noticeably different than today’s, some things will still be true. The device of the future will require much more processing power, bandwidth, support-rich computing, evolved security, and multi-tasking capabilities. But above all, it will need to provide a secure foundation and trust. Security models that IT shops have today will have to evolve as well. Instead of one-size-fits-all security, we have to look at a multi-layered, ringed security approach. This will allow us to enhance security on items closer to the core and relax control on the end points that don’t need full access, and will allow the Blended Computing world to become integrated as one. Cloud services will continue to evolve to the newer models we’re seeing now – like client-aware cloud computing – not only delivering cloud service to end devices, but being able to sense their capabilities and deliver unique environments suited to each end point. In addition, the devices themselves will become more cloud-aware. In this way, they’ll be able to pull what’s needed from the cloud, and sync services and personas across the total computing footprint that the end user utilizes.
Finally IT’s influence begins to change. We will go from dictating what the end user can use or do, as we have in the past decade, to instead influencing the capabilities they choose on their end devices and how they consume technologies. We also begin to move our influence from standard hardware and software original equipment manufacturers to the cloud providers, influencing and directing the capabilities they offer, the level of necessary security, and the speed at which they mature. In turn, by influencing them, we end up influencing the end user. One thing is for sure: The past 10 years have seen a lot of change, but the next three to five years will evolve even more. Ultimately, it’s all about the data, which is causing a rift between technology and consumption due to increasing demands, and the need to analyze its varied sources and formats. The bottom line is about meeting users’ needs to organize, filter, and access data – including the ability to collaborate, exchange, and share information – and have situational awareness anywhere and anytime, regardless of platform, device, or domain. Are you ready for it?
The I2I Engineering Forum
Dave Buchholz, Intel Corporation; Tim Anderson, Medtronic; Chris Thorsen, PDS; Neil Allen; John Minnick, AtoS; Scott Selby, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare; Dr. Mitch Raton, Dept. of Army