Gartner recently released the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015. The list identifies trending technologies that will impact organizations significantly in the upcoming year. This year’s findings were presented at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Cape Town. For years, Gartner’s lists have identified important developments and have helped to guide organizational growth and focus in terms of technology. In 2010 for example, Gartner identified social analytics, cloud computing, video, and mobile applications among trends to watch out for in 2011.
Among the trends identified by analysts for 2015 was cloud/client computing. The cloud has allowed for a new level of collaboration and access to tools and networks. Vice President & Gartner Fellow David Cearley stated, “Cloud is the new style of elastically scalable, self-service computing, and both internal applications and external applications will be built on this new style.”
In recent years, we have seen the shift in needs for organizations to remain flexible and to be able to access their networks and applications from any remote location. Utilizing tools like VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure), has allowed companies to limit the need for onsite hardware and has improved the productivity and consistency of employee work.
As stated in a Computer Weekly article, cloud/client computing is also being driven by demand from individual employees.
“With the rapid increase in the use of devices such as phones, tablets and slates by consumers, the enterprise IT department has come under tremendous pressure to support employees using their own devices. Employees don’t really need a PC to get their work done. Knowledge workers want access to their data and applications on any device at any time.”
Now that we are able to access our network through the cloud from anywhere, there is a surging demand for the ability to use multiple screens and devices while accessing a single application. This is referred to as the second-screen phenomenon. This trend started with being able to view television on a mobile device. Adam Poltrack of Digital Trends describes what the second-screen phenomenon provides; “It gives networks a new way to deliver content, it gives advertisers another touch-point by which to contact consumers, it gives consumers an enhanced experience, and it’s probably here to stay.” Future uses include being able to use enterprise applications and even video games through multiple screens and wearable technology.
The evolution of the cloud has put a strain on many network’s available bandwidth, but organizations will have to adapt their networks to keep up with the cloud. “While network and bandwidth costs may continue to favor apps that use the intelligence and storage of the client device effectively, coordination and management will be based in the cloud,” said Cearley.
Is your network ready to take advantage of the growing cloud? Contact Ecessa to see if you are ready to take advantage of your network’s capabilities.
For tips from Ecessa, read about the factors that can affect cloud performance.
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