9. "Software-defined" infrastructure will become a formal transformation agenda in 2014
The "software-defined" datacenter is an emerging set of software engineering and nomenclature that will cover a broad range of efficiency technologies that embrace the datacenter; from networking to storage and including the server platform. Software-defined infrastructure has the potential to resolve a number of complex issues that are inherent in the datacenter due to years of buying best-of-breed point solutions.
IDC has already started to see a lot of Internet players like Google operating its datacenters with a lot of software embedment. The future of the data center will include general purpose servers and specialty systems that can manage varied workloads. Enterprises - especially those that are moving towards cloud in an aggressive fashion - will, in IDC's opinion, look for a software-defined datacenter as application-aware environment becomes increasingly critical to enterprises. 2014 will be the year where we will see the start of formal discussions with and among CIOs.
10. 2014 will see the perfect storm for project failure: The combination of Mobility, Analytics, Social and the Cloud
While the potential for the four pillar technologies to enable new business value continues to receive attention, IDC predicts that by 2015 the increasingly frequent application of these technologies to meet business demands will increase the risks of project failure to unacceptable levels, forcing CIOs to adopt new risk mitigation strategies.
While many projects may successfully reach production-ready status, ROI targets will be missed from inadequate planning for service management. When combined with the impact of 'cloud speed' and a region-wide drought of IT skills, the potential for serious project failure is large. Regional CIOs are not unaware of project risks, and in some cases the potential for failure will slow adoption of new technologies dramatically. However, demands for new services from business managers will force the CIO to find a way of risk mitigation.
Claus Mortensen is Principal, Emerging Technology, IDC Asia/Pacific. More insights are available in a forthcoming report, "IDC Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) ICT 2014 Top 10 Predictions". Contact Claus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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