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I thought I would share some of the trends I’m seeing in enterprise IT and how I think they will move into 2013
“Cloud” will slow
Even with marketing telling you to move everything to the cloud, businesses will slow down cloud adaption and be more strategic on when and were cloud is used. I think backup and DR for the cloud as well as moving email to the cloud will grow.
VDI will adapt or die
Another technology that is more marketing hype than real world deployments. Current vdi solution are very limit on use cases and high on cost. The bandwidth requirements for large deployments over the WAN make most vdi installs too costly. VDI solutions are just now starting to offer options for personalizing a vdi desktop and not have it lose its master image link.
Non web applications will need to be separate from the OS, so the OS can be kept “clean” and portable. This will allow the application to be updated from a central location as well as be deployed on any needed OS or device.
BI will move to the user
With the latest version of SQL and Sharepoint I see BI being handed to the user. The user will be able to use tools they are accustom to like excel but have the backend power of sharepoint. The dashboards in sharepoint will give quick access to metrics and the ability to drill down and see the data behind it.
IT Process improvement and automation
Lean IT, ITIL, what ever you want to call it. I think to continue to do more with less, IT will have to adapt Lean process and automation. Not only in application development but in the infrastructure side of the house. The term private cloud takes the idea of automation and charge back to the business can use internal resources but have the simple setup and management of public cloud solutions