Five Areas Your IT Team will Address in 2016

Posted by Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist
December 4, 2015

This time of the year everyone is making predictions on what the next year will bring. And this year is no exception.

Just last month we shared some cloud proliferation predictions from our partner Cisco. Today, we’re sharing five tech predictions for 2016 from Computerworld’s Forecast 2016 survey of IT professionals.

1. IT as a change agent. IT is now aligning more and more with other strategic business units as technology plays a more integral role in disseminating data – data that can be used strategically for marketing and other business units. According to Computerworld’s report, these are the top five areas for new spend:

  • Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine:  29 percent
  • High-performance computing:  18 percent
  • Energy-saving or carbon-reducing technologies:  16 percent
  • BYOD:  15 percent
  • Marketing technology and automation:  13 percent

2. Cloud computing. According to the survey, 48 percent of respondents earmarked cloud computing solutions as an area for spending increases in 2016, and almost 15 percent stated it was the number one initiative for next year.

3. Security. Cloud computing, the Internet of Things, BYOD; all these great advances provide opportunity for hackers and cybercriminals. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there have already been a total of 717 data breaches as of December 1st, 2015, that exposed a total of 176,275,000 records across the financial, business, education, government, and healthcare industries. Here are eight questions you can ask yourself as you think about data security for 2016.

4. The Internet of Things (IoT). While still a relatively new IT challenge, the raw amount of data that Machine-to-Machine communication creates and the subsequent data storage challenges, make IoT a topic that cannot be ignored. All those connection points also create potential data security nightmares depending on what you’re capturing and how you’re storing it.

5. Analytics. Big Data is somewhat of an over-arching theme throughout these five predictions. It’s affected by IoT, cloud computing, BYOD, and marketing automation. All of this data can either help your organization make sound business challenges, or it can create storage and data security nightmares.

We’ll be looking for more 2016 predictions that we can share! In the meantime, feel free to share some of your thoughts.

For more detail on Computerworld’s predictions including some detailed respondent data, visit the report summary.


About Dustin Smith Throughout his twenty-year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist, Dustin is responsible for the strategic direction of aligning the company’s growing consulting services with the client challenges he finds in the field, and he works closely with his regional architects to design new programs to address these issues.

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