Top IT predictions that every IT leader needs to know

  • The increasing proliferation of machine intelligence  – Smart algorithms that predict IT needs or failures in various areas (Network, Data, etc…) will appear, helping not only capacity planning but also preempting issues and preparing the organization for changes. 2017 will mark the beginning of AI-driven IT and security initiatives.  
  • Automation Automation AutomationWhile automation is not a new trend, 2017 will bring a new role for automation – being front and center in IT planning. IT leaders everywhere must realize that they need to automate at scale to compete in an increasingly dynamic and global business environment. Nearly everything will be  automated, from rolling out new servers to collecting telemetry from devices, from monitoring systems to responding to threats and end user issues.  
  • Changing of the guardsWith the confluence of cloud and the drive to be more strategic to the business, in 2017 you will need to rapidly refresh the skillsets of your staff – you need to recruit talents whose skills are closely aligned with a new world of increased automation, cloud services, and rapid iteration. The alpha-technical roles will be concentrated more at the service providers, while your staff will be required to focus on navigating complex business requirements and architect sophisticated solutions with  precision and business acumen.   

Top 2017 Cloud security predictions that every Cloud leader needs to know

  • Major cloud providers increase the pace of innovation: In 2017, we will see leading cloud providers like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft bring to market major innovations in the areas of big data analytics, machine learning, and Artificial-Intelligence-as-a-service, all offered from the cloud.  New and innovative applications leveraging these services will emerge to disrupt more traditional businesses.
  • Cloud Native Development becomes commonplace – Today, developers increasingly write code in a “cloud native” fashion, which usually translates into Continuous Delivery, Continuous Integration, Microservices and the use of Containers. In 2017, we will see Cloud Native Development becomes a commonplace practice. In fact, we will wager that more than 50% of new applications developed in 2017 will be “Cloud Native” apps.
  • IoT’s happy marriage to Cloud Native Development will emerge: IoT applications will increasingly leverage the “Cloud Native Development” concept, giving rise to a whole new generation of smart devices with a continuously updated deployment model, enabling real-time security updates.
  • Cloud economics will become impossibly compelling for all but the most sophisticated IT shops: Coupled with proven reliability and increasingly lower prices, the sheer economics of the cloud become impossibly compelling. 2017 we will see the market reach a critical acceptance to the cloud’s security capabilities, compliance, and certifications, in such a way that only the most sophisticated IT organizations could credibly claim that data is safer in their own datacenters than with the cloud providers’.  


Top CyberSecurity Predictions Every Security Leader Needs To Know

  • Sophisticated IoT attacks: Cyber attackers will increasingly leverage connected devices to wreak havoc on our physical world. In 2017, we will see attacks on a wider and more damaging scale than Mirai. These attacks will bring renewed focus to IoT security and increasing scrutiny of the IoT supply chain, as well as regulatory pressure to increase security standards for connected devices.
  • Tension between government surveillance and privacy will reach a boiling point: Incidents at the national or international level, such as terrorist activities, will drive several governments around the world to seek more surveillance capabilities, further clashing with privacy advocates. The debate between government surveillance and privacy will reach a new height in 2017, prompting the birth of more strong secure communication services.  
  • Cloud Native systems will drive zero trust networks.  As more Cloud Native applications and systems emerge, perimeter-based security protection will become dreadfully ill-fitted to suite IT needs, giving rise to more zero-trust security models where protection becomes cloud-native, traveling with data and applications.
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