How Evolving Tech Landscape Will Impact IT Platform Strategy in 2014
How Predicted Trends for 2014 Will
Affect IT Business Strategy Initiatives
A NEW ERA FOR
It’s no longer about saving your workforce from its day-to-day
technical issues. The data explosion that only IT can wrangle
has pushed this group into the forefront, tasked
with transforming the business for the digital age.
This shift demands that IT enables the business to compete
in real time by architecting an infrastructure that links
together systems for an integrated, secure path forward and
brings together transactions and analytics on one platform.
Out of 600 CIOs and IT professionals surveyed,
only 39% feel the data they generate is relevant
to their business strategies. Only 50% say
their data is consistent, accurate, formatted,
TechJournal, “Weak Analytics Capabilities Hinders Decision-Making,” March 5, 2013
A NEW WORLD FOR
DATA INITIATIVES IN
THE NEW YEAR
The new year is a time to tackle the challenges affecting so many
• Storage capacity, data sharing, and server efficiency issues
• Overloaded infrastructure from influx of digital-savvy
• Traditional analytics that can’t handle real-time insights from
The International Data Corporation (IDC) believes the “3rd
Platform” is where IT must focus to improve business strategy
and common technology struggles. This platform contains:
• Mobile devices and apps
• Cloud services
• Big Data analytics
• Social technologies
Companies no longer can afford to “go with their gut instinct.”
Rather, data-driven decisions are essential to move forward with
confidence. IT departments need to not only make sense of the
data overload but also build an infrastructure that creates a safe,
intuitive ecosystem for data analysis and retrieval.
Platform as a Service (PaaS) technologies will be critical for
companies wanting data analytics advantages.
VALIDATED IN 2014
Cloud spending will grow a remarkable 25%, reaching over $100
With this prediction that the cloud will go mainstream, it’s evident
that many organizations are moving to PaaS technologies such as
While many PaaS technologies were in infancy a few years ago, it’s
now no longer about early adopters.
The technology’s ability to accelerate development efforts and
absorb platform maintenance and infrastructure headaches will
free up IT resources for more strategic focuses.
International Data Corporation, “IDC Predictions 2014: Battles for Dominance –
dand Survival – on the 3rd Platform”
It’s up to you to align the people, processes, and technology by
shifting how you think about your job as an enabler to one that
empowers your business users. And it can begin by laying the
proper technological foundation for your business.
There has been too much noise and too many platform players
for companies to make sense of platform providers. As intense
competition plays out this year, look carefully for emerging
leaders and much-needed standardization across offerings
and start identifying sound technology partners.
Platform technology, like in-memory, enables once siloed organizations to bring together unique data points that further change how IT enables the
business to use and gather data.
Fast data exploration
and query and analysis
capabilities will evolve
with new partnerships.
The ability for users to
share and collaborate, as
well as collect and analyze
operational data in real
time, will be enhanced.
Similar to Amazon’s
new partnership with
the United States Postal
Service, the ability for once
to come together and
securely share unique data
points will revolutionize
insights across industries.
Organizations are on
the move, and for some
industries, the concept of an
office is really wherever one’s
smartphone or tablet resides.
Easy, secure access to data
will strengthen your ability
to make smarter ad hoc
To reach 30 billion autonomously connected endpoints and $8.9 trillion in revenue by 2020, coordination and collaboration will be required.3
International Data Corporation, “IDC Predictions 2014: Battles for Dominance – and Survival – on the 3rd Platform”
The quest for data-driven insights can either be halted or
transformed by the explosion of mobile devices, apps, social
media, and cloud services. These four technologies and their
growing impact on IT must be realized before progress can
Regardless, as an initial step toward laying a solid technology
foundation, look for these things pertaining to platform
• Whether public or private platforms offer the necessary
security measures for your industry specifications
• The flexibility or structure of the environment and ability to
handle specified data volumes
• Ensure the technology partner is recommended by
organizations you trust
A NEW YEAR FOR
NEW IT STRATEGIES
The 3rd Platform is where data initiatives will thrive or die.
Now isn’t the time to be overwhelmed by new technologies
and data. With IT’s evolving roles and responsibilities, it’s
essential that IT becomes the expert in the 3rd Platform and
learns how to leverage the platform that will best foster data
and mobility initiatives.
Learn how to create a sound technology and digital strategy with
the best tools for your unique initiatives.