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Technology Predictions for 2015, Part 2

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This is the time of year when you hear a lot of over-the-top claims about the next big thing as the words “disruptive” and “transformational” are tossed around far too casually. Unfortunately, many of these claims are based on the hopes of a sales department rather than the current and near-future business needs of organizations and their IT departments.

 

We prefer to focus on the trends that we expect to have a significant, immediate impact on business operations. In Part 1 of this post, we began this discussion with predictions about Windows 10, the Internet of Things, wearable technology and enterprise mobile applications.

 

Here are three more technology predictions that we feel organizations should understand and investigate in order to stay competitive in 2015.

 

The cloud will reach a tipping point. The transformation of the data center is well underway as more infrastructure and services are moving to the cloud. However, no organization is completely cloud-based, and they shouldn’t be. A hybrid cloud approach that combines on-premises, private cloud and public cloud tools will become the dominant model that best aligns cloud strategy with business strategy. At the same time, new “cloud first” technology is expected to drive consolidation among service providers and IT vendors.

 

Big data analytics will deliver more business value. Although many organizations are still struggling to gather, filter, store and retrieve structured and unstructured data, the capabilities of data analytics are quickly becoming more advanced. Big data applications make it possible to quickly and automatically provide granular, data-driven answers to important business questions. Using real-time data, predictive analytics drive faster innovation and better solutions for customers. More organizations will reap the rewards in 2015 by integrating these tools into business processes.

 

3-D printing will become a valuable business tool. 3-D printing is no longer confined to demonstrations at business and tech expos. In fact, Gartner estimates that worldwide shipments of 3-D printers will grow 98 percent this year. More printers are being introduced from more vendors, and more products can be printed. As prices continue to drop and new use cases are developed, 3-D printing will emerge as a cost-effective tool for designing and manufacturing business and consumer items, especially replaceable parts.

 

ICG has been in the technology business for more than 35 years, navigating a constantly evolving technological landscape to identify the best business solutions while reducing IT costs. As the pace of change continues to accelerate, the importance and difficulty of these decisions are only increasing. Let us help you take advantage of these and other technology trends to improve your organization’s operational efficiency, agility and flexibility while delivering the best possible customer experience.

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