Damien Wong, General Manager, ASEAN, Red Hat
The enterprise IT landscape continued to shift in 2013, which saw continuous change in the IT environment as many businesses increased their commitment to open source. Amidst this landscape, Red Hat released various offerings including Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, a comprehensive offering designed to support organisations on their journey from traditional datacentre virtualization to OpenStack powered clouds. We also saw the concept of an open hybrid environment moving from a buzzword to full-scale adoption and implementation by many enterprises.
We expect to see organisations seeking to harness the power of change as they gain the understanding that the right technology can positively impact their business. They will strive towards remaining ahead of the curve, seeking to adopt technologies that can differentiate their business, provide a better customer experience and ultimately help them gain a competitive edge.
Evolving roles of CIOs and IT Departments
In the coming year, we predict that organisations will see a growing need to understand customers’ mindset and demands. This will lead to an explosion in demand which may fuel an urgency to explore a whole new category of capabilities required. A much more cognizant customer base approach may be adopted, highlighting that a dramatically faster pace is crucial as 2.0 is no longer sufficient. On top of this, the roles of various departments within organisations are expected to bring about the battle of who controls IT. Partners who can help these organisations make sense of the changes and whom they can make long-term investments with are likely to win in the long run. The emphasis will be on the solutions rather than the technology – people who understand their business and can help them deliver business functionality.
Big Data Drives Public Cloud Storage
Next year, we predict that big data will gain superiority driven by the "Internet of Things". With cloud innovations thrown into the mix, the definitions will mature, enabling better focus on delivering business value. In 2014, companies will work toward evolving their people, process, and technology enough to yield significant business value from big data investments. This rise of big data applications puts unprecedented pressure on storage strategies and technologies. Companies will need to find a combination of robust storage hardware and software that allows for quick access to relevant information.
Taking the Path to Open Hybrid Cloud
The storage industry has seen dramatic shifts in the past few years with the massive explosion of unstructured data and the emergence of open hybrid cloud deployments. This trend is expected to continue in the coming years as organisations look to hybrid cloud architectures as a way to have a more dynamic computing architecture over time. Organisations will likely delve deeper to design private cloud deployments with interoperability and future hybrid in mind.
Security is Indispensable
Malaysian enterprises will need to relook at security holistically in order to comply with legal and regulatory environments such as mandating data protection and compliance to cyber security standards. Organisations require products that will protect against a variety of threats, lower total cost of ownership and offer more streamlined management. Building upon this, security for cloud and mobile are expected to remain high on the priority list for companies in 2014.
Ecosystem of Innovation
Over the past year, two mega-trends observed were cloud/mobile and social/collaboration. In 2014, we believe that this trend will evolve at a lightning fast pace as it implies a changing computing architecture whereas social/collaboration is open source. Red Hat continues to find ways to add value for our customers in open source – the existing communities are different and sometimes the more single-company controlled, the consumption models in the cloud will be different, which require us to innovate our business model. Additionally, CIOs are making decisions now that will define their architectures for this next paradigm of computing – should open source miss this wave, it will be a long time before it gets another shot at becoming the default choice.