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IT megatrends in 2015 and beyond

Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen, Senior VP and General Manager, Asia Pacific & Japan, Red Hat | Aug. 5, 2015
Key trends discussed at this year's Red Hat Summit.

This vendor-written piece has been edited by Executive Networks Media to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favour the submitter's approach.

Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen, Red Hat
Photo: Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen

Fundamental changes are being seen in the economy and the way business is being done today. In this age of information, organisations have to rethink the very foundation of how they operate, and move towards making things faster and economically viable, rather than the old adage of building bigger and better.

Businesses have evolved from systems built for efficiency to systems built for innovation, with the most valuable tool today being information and the access to technology such as smart devices. Companies who have innovated and evolved on today's technology have indisputably risen and becoming one of the world's largest in its respective industry. For example, Uber, a taxi company, owns no cars, Facebook, a media platform, creates no content and Airbnb, a accommodation provider, owns no real estate. The common thread between these three examples is the empowerment of consumers through the use of applications (apps) across their smart devices.

Businesses today are undoubtedly under intense pressure to respond to the demand for consumer-like apps and experience. Companies, regardless of size, can no longer just rely on their assets. Businesses have to constantly reinvent themselves to stay ahead of the curve.

This year's Red Hat Summit, held from June 23 to 26, brought together the company's executives, customers and partners to the above mentioned technology trends and product innovations at Red Hat. At the conference, Red Hat's CEO, Jim Whitehurst, emphasised that open-source technology's value isn't just about licensed code, but about collaboration and communities.

Red Hat Summit is an annual event where Red Hat and technology industry visionaries unveil their views on the future of enterprise technology and explore how open source software is transforming everything from cloud and Linux containers to mobile, big data, the Internet of Things, and more.

A key theme this year was Docker container technology, with Red Hat announcing its Atomic Enterprise Platform and the OpenShift Enterprise 3 platform. Atomic Enterprise brings an enterprise-grade supported hosting platform for the deployment and orchestration of Docker containers, while OpenShift is a PaaS offering that targets developers building, managing and deploying containers.

At the Red Hat Summit 2015 event, there were discussions on what's hot over the horizon. Here are some key technology trends that will take centre stage in the next couple of years.

In the past decade, IT has seen numerous evolutions. We have moved from grid to cloud, from service-oriented architecture to micro-services, and from machine virtualisation to container technology. However, another transition that has been quietly taking place. Existing technologies and intellectual assets are being increasingly exposed in software, in a trend industry analysts call digitisation.


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