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Rethinking IT Infrastructure for 2020

28th March 2018

Today, each CIO makes decisions based on a personal credo. It results from his experience, his contacts with his environment (suppliers, customers, subcontractors, consultants…), his reading or his participation in dedicated events.

Based on what he learns, he forms an opinion that will be the basis of his choices when redesigning the IT architecture.

It can be interesting to question these choices before making them effective by observing the major trends in the IT world.

At the forefront of these trends, the “as-a-Service” formula expresses the transformation of CAPEX, investments into OPEXs, operational expenses that have the advantage of reducing risk, freeing up capital and improving flexibility. This movement, inaugurated by SaaS applications, has spread widely in hardware with Paas and IaaS.

The public cloud is achieving incredible success, to the point of seducing very large companies that have abandoned their private data centers. New actors are emerging. However, the specific needs of the organization must be confronted with the advantages and disadvantages of the public cloud.

Open-source solutions are a great success. For example, more and more companies are abandoning expensive database engines in favour of open-source solutions that offer many advantages in terms of efficiency, flexibility and scalability.

A recent PWC study shows that cyber threats have moved from 10° to 4° among CEOs’ major concerns, and not without reason. In addition, there is a scarcity of skills available to manage this risk. Building a solid defense is more and more often done by pooling resources with cloud solutions.

The IoT is growing exponentially, and even if the company is one of the late-adopters, these solutions are rapidly becoming more democratic and it seems essential to plan their integration in the near future if this is not yet done. Their number, currently more than 20 billion connected objects, should double within 5 years.

Asian OEMs have the wind in their sails, relying on innovative models. They already equip large American companies and plan to double or triple their market share by 2020.

The DevOps trend is only growing and those who use it recognize the benefits. Here too, it is the scarcity of talent that hinders his progress.

Container architectures are very successful, especially with Docker. More and more teams appreciate this new way of thinking architecture that offers multiple advantages.

Rethinking an IT architecture therefore requires attention to the organization’s current and future needs. These various dimensions should be taken into account to offer an information system that meets the challenges. Surrounding yourself with specialists can thus enable you to study the different approaches and achieve quality benchmarking.

 

 

Sources :

https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/ten-trends-redefining-enterprise-it-infrastructure

https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/ceo-survey/2018/pwc-ceo-survey-report-2018.pdf

https://www.statista.com/statistics/471264/iot-number-of-connected-devices-worldwide/