Six IT changes to watch for in 2016

Six IT changes to watch for in 2016

The year 2016 will be a challenging one for CIOs and IT decision makers in the workplace as mobile and the cloud force them to adopt a more flexible information security model. As a result, 30 years of IT tradition are going to need to be overwritten and 2016 is the year that transformation is going to start. Here are six big IT predictions for 2016.

Battle between modern and legacy

Tension between mobile and desktop IT teams has been building for a while now. Windows 10 will act as a catalyst by allowing organizations the ability to adopt enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions to secure the next generation of laptops and desktops. This will disrupt existing desktop operations and create tensions between mobile and desktop teams.

End-user identity issue

Microsoft and Google are the two big players when it comes to end-user identity. Both believe that identity is the basis for determining which services are provided. In 2015, Google didn’t support Google’s Android for Work initiative because it brought Google identity into the enterprise. Microsoft and Google are going to continue to do battle over end-user identity issues.

The OS vs. the hacker

The year 2015 saw a huge surge in mobile malware such as Stagefright, KeyRaider, XcodeGhost, and YiSpecter. Continuing into 2016, hackers will continue to find new ways to make apps appear “trusted.” As a result, Apple Google, and Windows will have to shut down untrusted ways of distributing apps to mobile devices such as sideloading.

Emerging IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) will remain experimental for most of 2016 but expect by the end of the year to start seeing commercially useful IoT solutions. The biggest subset of IoT to watch in 2016 will be smart watches which will finally begin to reach its potential. As the first generation of apps is replaced by a second generation of better ones that make better use of the new form factor and interaction methods, the smartwatch market is going to explode.

Data sovereignty debate

When the European Court of Justice invalidated Safe Harbor in 2015, the data sovereignty debate came to a head. Scrutiny of cloud data will intensify going into 2016 and regulating bodies will debate various actions that might make it harder for cloud vendors to scale and innovate.

Neutrality is key

CIOs are going to begin to realize that neutrality is crucial for their mission. They will need to provide end-users with the best solutions rather than restricting choice otherwise the user community is going to seek out its own solutions.

Source: Business Solutions

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