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2015 Reflections and 2016 Predictions

SolarWinds Head Geek Patrick Hubbard, Leon Adato, Thomas LaRock and Kong Yang | Jan. 15, 2016
Experts from SolarWinds highlight the key trends in 2015, and predict the top industry drivers for the next 12 months.

4.  Securing the perimeter is no longer enough
Early in 2015, there was a lot of discussion about comprehensive security solutions, including auditing, risk assessment, and remediation. But sadly, at year end, not much has changed. Major firms announced plans to boost cybersecurity spending in 2015, along with similar, if less headline-grabbing efforts by other firms. But spending alone does not address the new vulnerabilities of cloud and the increasing use of SaaS.

Leading businesses have been bucking the recommendation of identifying and addressing new challenges of hybrid IT such as more VPNs, loss of east-west traffic analysis, new security policy architectures, Internet-available micro services, and ever-increasing HTTP volume. Instead, they have been pending more on what they were already doing.

2016 Predictions

There are so many topics that could be tapped into for 2016, but we would like to focus on what we believe will be the top six industry drivers in the coming 12 months:

1.  We'll give props to DevOps

DevOps is a software development practice where development and operation teams collaborate on taking the intelligence of how an application runs to inform and improve how the application is being built-in a rapid iterative process. It's a practice that is growing in both use and discussion; yet engineers, analysts, and product managers are all interpreting DevOps differently.  

However, one thing that is clear is that DevOps is about culture, enabling cross-functional teams to quickly deliver value in a sustained manner which can lead to teams planning, coding, building, testing, releasing, deploying, operating, and monitoring in a continuous loop. In 2016, businesses will be more aware of the benefits of DevOps, which will lead to more places implementing it. 

Businesses and IT organizations continue to struggle to integrate the DevOps culture, but, slowly, they're realizing the potential competitive advantages of continuous delivery and continuous integration. 2016 will whet the appetite of both big and small businesses to embrace DevOps as the benefits, such as faster time to market and reduced support costs in the long run, become clearer.

 2.  Breaching the silver lining
Following the security hacks of 2015, it's almost a foregone conclusion that during 2016 a cloud service provider will become victim to a breach. The repercussions of a breach of this type will be increased due to the fact that many businesses have been so keen to move to cloud services so quickly that many haven't invested enough time and money in security protocol and data encryption.

Gartner predicts that by 2018, 25 percent of corporate data traffic will flow directly from mobile devices to the cloud. As the majority of consumer facing businesses in Singapore go digital, organizations are looking at investing in mobile and cloud security solutions that can help them mitigate risks associated with digital business. The high interest areas around security from organizations in Singapore include security monitoring, identity and access management, advanced threat prevention, IoT security, application security, cloud security and GRC, among others. Therefore, with cloud vendors connecting so much data, it's just a matter of time before it happens-and we find out about it.


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