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TECH TRENDS

What's Less Relevant

Figure 1: Biggest Technology Challenge

Middleware was at the bottom of
the list of technologies respondents are likely to implement in
2017. Less than 14 percent of
respondents chose it-unsurprising to both Lind and DiDio.
Lind explains that middleware
is no longer new and trendy, and
it fills a key infrastructure niche
that's not as relevant for most
organizations. The complexity
of infrastructure assembly has
increased so much in the last
decade that decision-makers
at organizations are buried in
information and must choose
what to leave behind to keep
an effective IT environment.
Middleware simply does not
make the cut.

Modernization issues
Security
Software integration
OS upgrades
Cloud implementation
Hardware upgrades

2.

Planning Ahead
More than a quarter of respondents indicated that they plan
to deploy big data and analytics
(27 percent) or mobile technology (23 percent). Lind says
the solutions for these technologies are complex with no
tried-and-true, one-size-fits-all
approach for implementation.
However, three factors can determine success:
1.

An established plan
of action on how the
technology is deployed.
This may reduce the risks
the organization is exposed
to when implementing
new technology, such as
unplanned downtime, data
loss or breach, and the
introduction of new and
complex regulatory issues.
"In the case of big data and
analytics, an active plan
translates into the ability
to efficiently gather benefit
realization and smoothly
integrate the knowledge
provided by the analytics
into executive strategies,"
Lind says.

3.

The establishment of a
consistent auditing process
Selecting the appropriate
underlying technology
(e.g., servers) on which to
host newly implemented
technology

"The basic infrastructure continues to show a strong differentiation for ongoing operations,"
Lind notes.
In regard to infrastructure,
DiDio says IBM is one of the top
analytic centers, offering some of
the most robust suites of analytic
solutions. "IBM is in the analytics
business-it's well-positioned
and has consistently put R&D
efforts behind it," she notes.
For example, with the recent
partnership between IBM and
Cisco, IBM Watson* Internet of
Things (IoT) business analytics
technology was combined with
Cisco Edge routers, which resulted
in a significant increase of
analytical power.

Modernization
and Security
Companies must find innovative
ways to serve clients, and DiDio
says modernization is the most

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44%
of poll
respondents cite
modernization
issues as
their biggest
technology
challenge

44%
17%
17%
13%
4%
4%

daunting challenge companies
face. This is reflected in the poll
results: 44 percent of respondents
cite modernization issues as their
biggest technology challenge
(see Figure 1, above). When
organizations dive into new
technology, DiDio recommends
they take their time because
little margin for error exists.
She advises them to find a good
business partner and choose the
appropriate product set that can
grow with the business.
Lind advises organizations
to educate executive and lineof-business managers to ensure
they have the necessary skills to
adjust to the rapidly changing
market. Businesses must also collect metrics to understand if their
analytics practice is providing
benefit. "Without that, an organization can't keep the big picture
on how all of its increasingly
complex business components
are working together," she says.
The bottom line is that infrastructure still matters, but it's
complex. Because of this, security
issues are becoming more critical.
Around 17 percent of the respondents indicated that security kept
them up at night.


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