Are you primed and ready for 2013? I certainly am. In fact, I’m more excited about the year ahead than I’ve been in the 15-plus years I’ve been in this industry. No exaggeration.
And the reason is simple: IT transformation. And, no, I’m not talking about technology here. Not dedupe or virtualization or Flash. Not Hadoop―or the next big software thing, or the one after that.
What I’m talking about is the transformation of the IT function, from its traditional back office support role to one that’s increasingly front office or business-focused. This trend really started in earnest this year (with the market’s increasing focus on Big Data) and is set to take off in 2013 as more and more organizations (across verticals and geographies) look for ways to capitalize on their data.
As this happens, IT will become increasingly relevant. What I do will become more relevant (it’s that bigger picture I’m known to rant about), what you do will become more relevant and, importantly, what your competitors’ IT organizations do will become more relevant. After all, data is money.
The challenge is how to balance long-term strategic (i.e., business) and short-term tactical (i.e., IT) objectives as we move along this journey. This is where having insight into IT trends will be helpful.
So, what will 2013 bring?
This week, EMC executives, including The Backup Window’s own Stephen Manley, offered some insights on our sister Blog site Reflections.
Not surprisingly, the common themes centered on improving business intelligence, management, integration and services. Technology discussions focused around Big Data, Cloud and Data Protection. Here are some excerpts:
- For CIOs, the common theme is “now.” Rapid time to value is the leading driver. In many cases today, the business unit holds the money and determines the priorities, but they don’t care much about the platforms, just the best solution for a specific problem (Rick Devenuti, President, EMC Information Intelligence Group).
- Information growth of structured and unstructured data, never before seen requirements for data mobility, and new foundations for laid for extra value from Big Data―will expand and drive new levels of enterprise storage requirements in 2013 (Brian Gallagher, President, EMC Enterprise Storage Division).
- Businesses will focus on data management/Big Data services: Big Data is one of the hottest topics in the IT world at the moment… The main focus for 2013 will be in helping businesses to manage their data from an infrastructure point of view and in extracting valuable insights from it (Leonard Iventosch, Vice President Channels, Americas, EMC).
- As IT transformation and delivery of IT as a Service continue to progress in the upcoming year, backup will become more acceleration of IT transformation and enablement of IT as a Service delivery (Stephen Manley, CTO, EMC Backup Recovery Systems Division).
- In 2013, these trends will continue to accelerate: the creation and consolidation of large unstructured information (Big Data), the processing, transformation and synthesis of this information (Big Analytics) and the ability for an organization to monetize, innovate and drive business differentiation (Big Leverage), amongst an ever increasing need to be flexible, agile and operationally efficient (Bill Richter, President, EMC Isilon Storage Division).
To read the Reflections Blog its entirety, click on this link. And if you’ve got questions or want to share examples of how IT is transforming your business, let us know.