IT megatrends in 2015 and beyond

Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen, Senior VP and General Manager, Asia Pacific & Japan, Red Hat

Digitisation has been catalysed by convergence, and the alignment of social, economic, and technology trends. Digitisation of everything, from mobile solutions to privacy and security, will be a source for competitive differentiation by the organisations that get it right. Organisations have to embrace integration technologies, which allow companies combine their intellectual assets with web APIs in order to come up with effective products and solutions.

"Containerised" IT
Containerisation is the lightweight alternative to full machine virtualisation that involves placing an application in a container with its own operating environment. In today's enterprise environment, containers have rapidly transformed IT and drawn tremendous interest because of its multifaceted benefits. Sixty-seven percent of respondents in a recent Red Hat-sponsored survey of global IT decision makers and professionals are planning production roll-outs of container-based applications over the next two years.

Organisations need an integrated infrastructure platform designed to run, orchestrate and scale multi-container-based applications and services. They also need a simplified creation and deployment process which will help them to consistently manage traditional and cloud-native applications.

Another exciting year of PaaS
Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) has had strong industry support for a few years now. However, 2015 could mark a fresh chapter in its history. Docker popularised the concept of containerisation, and the world vetted the viability of a container-based architecture. Now, enterprises are moving from asking about containers as a roadmap item to asking for implementation details. Last year has shown that a growing number of enterprises are now choosing PaaS ahead of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) as the cornerstone of their private/hybrid cloud strategy.

Organisations have cried out for a flexible platform for a micro-services architecture, and PaaS and cloud vendors are starting to deliver. Open source containers and orchestration practices which change the developer experience and move the platform in the direction of what customers are asking for are now available. The growing trend of the Internet of Things (IoT) places even more pressure on PaaS vendors to provide services that are easy to manage, highly available, and massively scalable.

Shifting gears for mobility
Enterprises are capitalising on the increasing trend of the consumerisation of IT and proliferation of mobile devices, as they aim to develop applications to improve employee productivity and customer satisfaction. A study found that 82 percent of organisations are planning to invest in mobile device management solutions creating policies around it, in 2015.

Mobility is a top priority for many businesses in order to drive innovation, streamline operational efficiency, and develop new business models. Organisations are looking for solutions that enable rapid development and integration of enterprise applications to help them move towards a mobile-first strategy.

 

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