This migration to the next generation of applications will not be easy for some businesses, but will be worth it to deliver on the bottom line. Companies will see new benefits from an IT perspective; but also have a unique opportunity to re-evaluate their business. Migrating away from these systems will enable businesses to offer new services that meet the demand of an Always-On workforce and customer base.
Big data will appear to shrink
Harnessing and capitalising on big data will remain critical for businesses, but as the cost of storage continues to fall, it will become the norm over next year. Big data will drop its "big" label and instead come to be viewed simply as data to be harnessed effectively for customers, partners and staff. Businesses will be able to increasingly focus on interfaces and connecting end users to data, further elevating the importance of availability of service delivery.
It's expected that 2016 will see increased adoption of virtual reality (Oculus, Microsoft Hololens), motion-based interfaces, speech recognition and 3D printing as a means to manufacture. For business, the IT interface is changing too: in the face of explosive data growth, traditional data management techniques no longer apply. The operator interface will focus increasingly on automation and data lifecycle management to ensure the right data is in the hands of the right person at the right time.
The emergence of Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service
As cloud-based infrastructure continues to become the de facto standard for businesses, we're seeing new service offerings grow in popularity and market share. For example, many companies are increasingly implementing cloud-based Security as a Service within their business to help combat cyberattacks and ensure business continuity.
Veeam predicts Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) to be a game changer in 2016, as it will enable businesses to meet and exceed customer and employee expectations around availability. As businesses place IT and availability at the centre of their operations, we can expect to see service level agreements with guaranteed backup and recovery times becoming the standard for the modern enterprise.
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