Wishing you had a crystal ball that showed you what 2019 will bring? Well, we can’t help you with that, but we have collected a few tech trends that we think will have a big impact in the coming year. And since we’re in the business of providing guidance for our customers, we couldn’t help but offer a few opinions as well.
Growing IT budgets
- 89 percent of companies expect their IT budgets to grow or stay steady in 2019. The top factor cited was the need to upgrade outdated IT infrastructure.
Our view: We’re at a critical point in the evolution of IT infrastructure. New applications are being designed with a cloud-first mindset. However, given that the lifespan of a mission-critical application can be ten-fifteen years or more, many businesses are still using legacy systems that aren’t designed for the cloud. We can help you assess the benefit of migrating these systems to the cloud as well as help you choose the best methods for migration and the best cloud environment for your workloads.
- 40 percent of IT decision-makers have migrated applications or data primarily part of a public cloud environment to an on-premises or private cloud solution in the last year.
Our view: This statistic may make it sound as if public cloud platforms like AWS and Azure aren’t living up to their promises. However, public cloud revenues continue to grow at astounding rates. More than likely, the migration back to an on-premises or private cloud is a reflection of a lack of due diligence before migrating legacy applications to a public cloud platform. Static, always-on workloads that don’t leverage “auto-scaling” can cost 2-4 times more in a public cloud. At this stage in the evolution of cloud computing, you still need to look before you leap. Not every cloud is right for every workload.
Cybersecurity and disaster planning
- The majority, 68.6 percent, of business leaders feel the risk to business continuity and operations is increasing, and cybersecurity was seen as the top driver.
- Only 55 percent of business leaders say they are “prepared” or very prepared” for a disaster.
Our view: There is no doubt that businesses need to get better at disaster recovery planning (DRP), especially since the number and severity of natural disasters have increased by more than 400 percent over the last 30 years. And while DRP has traditionally been focused on recovering from a loss due to physical events like floods, vandalism, or power outages, our customers increasingly see security as a subcomponent of their disaster recovery strategy. Disaster Recovery as a Service can help you decrease downtime and data loss no matter what the future brings.
Job stress, human error, and outsourcing
- 78 percent of IT workers consider their job stressful.
- 28 percent of data breaches are caused by human error.
- 30 percent of executives are outsourcing the management of their organization’s infrastructure and application portfolio. This percentage is expected to rise to 41 percent over the next five years.
Our view: Though the majority of IT budgets are expected to grow in 2019, the cold, hard reality is that there is more for IT to do than ever before, and most IT departments are still stretched dangerously thin. This can result in costly errors as well as high turnover – and the majority of our customers tell us good IT people are hard to replace! Leveraging managed services to remove your staff from performing mundane tasks as well as your most critical ones can help ensure you have your bases covered and that your team has the time and energy to focus on the things that move your business forward.
Contact Connectria to talk about what you’re seeing and how we can help. While the trends above are helpful to know, the only thing that really matters is what’s happening in your business.