2020 Enterprise Tech Predictions, Part 1
The days are getting shorter and the nights colder, which means year-end prediction season is upon us again.
As 2019 comes to a close, businesses across industries have had to reckon with significant changes driven by digital transformation and a greater reliance on connected technologies to drive business success. But as fast and furious as the rate of change may have felt over the past 12 months, the momentum will continue building throughout 2020 as businesses continue rapid decentralization and the march to the cloud.
Here we offer a few of our predictions for how enterprises will continue to transform over the next year.
Rise (and evolution) of the CIO
Historically, the members of the C-suite that were in charge of new technologies were largely focused on maintaining the infrastructure of the organization’s tech footprint and network. While that remains true, contemporary digital transformation initiatives – such as consolidating workflows between teams via the introduction of new collaboration tools – are far reaching across the business and involve building out operating brand new digital operating models that touch all corners of the business.
As a result, roles like the CIO and CTO will be much more tightly integrated with functions across the business that may have historically worked in silos. For instance, digital platforms and digital operating models collapse marketing and business operations into more closely aligned areas for the business. This requires cross-functional executive leadership that listens closely to stakeholders across the organization, collecting data on (and monitoring the performance of) new workflows and balancing the impacts of any changes accordingly.
Edge Computing gains traction
Already, edge computing is being deployed across widely distributed enterprise networks to combat latency and connectivity challenges, bandwidth restrictions, and to ensure higher functionality of business-critical applications. With this networking technique, information processing, content collection and its delivery are situated close to the source of information. With IoT continuing to ramp up – putting it’s own unique demands on network capacity – so will edge computing to ensure end users are getting the best experience of their apps.
The biggest challenge for enterprise IT will be ensuring that they can measure the performance of the larger WAN and localized LAN environments at the edge of the network as the data-center-centric networking model of years past evolves.
Larger reliance on Big Data and analytics (BDA)
Companies have access to more data today than ever before, whether that’s performance metrics recorded by production equipment and systems or even customer-management platforms. Teams will need to collect and analyze these vast quantities of data quickly (and accurately) to support the real-time decision making that will become standard in the enterprise of the future. This puts the onus on enterprise IT to ensure their networks don’t suffer from chronic traffic bottlenecks, which in turn require network monitoring solutions that can automatically parse through massive traffic volumes to give accurate insights with minimal delay.
These are just a few of the changes enterprises will experience over the course of 2020. In all cases, network performance monitoring is essential to deliver the visibility network teams and enterprise IT needs to ensure these digital transformations go off without a hitch. Learn about our other predictions for how tech revolutions are reshaping businesses in our whitepaper, Industry 4.0: New Tech, New Apps, New Industry.
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