This week, Packet Pushers has some excellent guidance around avoiding short-term networking fixes for application issues—or, as they call them, “stupid network tricks.” The way to avoid those tricks, they say, is to get ahead of the problem by involving IT at the outset of every project. Instead of IT being a place to put blame and fight fires, they should become part of the decision-making team. We agree, and our webinar next week will cover how IT can prove themselves and regain control over IT functions, even when they’re off-premises.
As technology trends move workloads to cloud data centers and applications to SaaS models, IT jobs are changing accordingly. Digital Enterprise Journal offers some recent jobs research, finding that 60% of companies say that IT ops teams are lagging behind developers in delivering services, and that IT silos are a barrier to managing IT. Those are bumping up against CIO goals for this year, which are to make IT more strategic and use technology to compete. DEJ proposes a new role for enterprises: the IT Operations Transformation Principal. That person could examine the big infrastructure picture to uncover inefficiency and streamline monitoring. It’s a clever solution for a distributed world, and the distributed environments many IT leaders are facing.
More on the job front: Cloud Technology Partners calls out three top cloud jobs for this year: cloud architect, cloud big data specialist and cloud data integration specialist. Clearly, as cloud becomes more mature and complex, IT’s roles will shift to keep up. Moving data to the cloud and using the cloud to manage and analyze that data aren’t small tasks, and they’ll likely grow in importance in the next few years.
And finally, on the topic of SDN: Enterprise Management Associates finds that SD-WAN technology is being adopted more quickly than SDN itself. One finding of note was that IT teams are replacing MPLS with the inherently less secure public internet—because they want more security. However, using the public internet means the cloud security services are more readily available, so they may end up with a better security stance overall. What’s most likely is that hybrid connectivity, using public and private connections based on application needs, will be the way forward for the WAN.
Till next week, we hoping you’re leading the way toward innovation in your organization.