Digital transformation has become much more than a buzzword. It’s an essential component of the modern organization’s competitive strategy. Organizations that effectively leverage IT to transform their operations tend to be leaner, more agile, more cost-effective, and closer to the customer than their less-digital peers.
Like many initiatives worth pursuing, however, the path to digital transformation is not always an easy one. Technology trends can change overnight, impacting your efforts in unforeseen ways. To give you foresight into what the future holds, we sponsored an IDC Technology Spotlight on the latest IT infrastructure trends impacting digital transformation initiatives.
IDC’s Technology Spotlight Identifies Five Key Infrastructure Trends
- The Enterprise Data Deluge. The amount of data organizations handle will continue to grow exponentially, making efficient data management a high-priority for IT managers. But accessibility will be vital as well, as without access, data can’t be turned into insights that transform the organization.
- Increasingly Stringent Compliance Regulations. With more data, comes more responsibility. While there may be a push toward decreasing regulatory oversight in other sectors of the economy, that’s not the case when it comes to data management. IT and business leaders need to be ready. Read our recent blog post on how businesses are turning compliance into a competitive advantage in 2019.
- Software-Defined Storage Will Continue to Grow. Many enterprises already leverage software-defined infrastructure for the workloads they’ve deployed in third-party clouds. IDC predicts spending on software-defined storage (and related concepts such as hyperconverged infrastructure) will continue to grow as more organizations recognize the benefits for their on-premises data centers and proprietary clouds.
- Increased “SaaSification” of Secondary Workloads. More organizations will see the benefits of using the cloud for secondary workloads such as backups, archives, and disaster recovery. The benefits of the cloud and the need to be better prepared will outweigh the risks of managing these things in-house.
- The Rise of the IT Generalist. IT has long been a discipline that requires specialization in areas such as security, compliance, database administration, etc. IDC predicts the lines of demarcation between these roles will erode with IT generalists stepping up to manage these responsibilities as points on a continuum.
Seeing Opportunity in the Big Picture
Some of these trends, such as the digital deluge, will require organizations to step up their game. Others, such as the rise of the IT generalist, may require a new approach to IT management. What’s interesting is that each of these trends represents an opportunity for the business that is prepared.
Believe it or not, IDC even sees opportunity in the increasingly stringent compliance regulations. In the Technology Spotlight, they state that “During 2019, multinational organizations will need to move beyond achieving minimum viable compliance to using compliance as a competitive differentiator to establish a digitally trusted brand.”
Learn more about the 2019 Digital Transformation Trends
What’s clear is that the digital future will belong to those organizations in which infrastructure supports digital transformation.
To learn more, download the full IDC Technology Spotlight, sponsored by TierPoint.