With the advent of innovative technologies and new inventions, several challenges are hitting today’s Information Technology professionals and experts. These challenges can be considered as ways in which an organization’s IT departments and its users enhance their performance and productivity. However, it is essential to become aware of these challenges so that information technology personnel know where improvement is needed and how to address similar issues in advance. Following are a few important challenges that are expected to be encountered by the IT professionals in the year 2014:
1. New Technologies
Technology advancement is taking place quite rapidly. Consequently, the managers, user and even the competitors are pressurizing the IT staff of their organization to implement the latest technology only because it is new. Now the real challenge is to decide which of these latest technologies are going to work to the organization’s best interest and which one is better to keep away from for now. Keep in mind that organizational long-term goals and priorities tend to remain fairly static; whereas, technology has become more fluid and keeps changing more rapidly.
How to Address the Issue?
In order to derive maximum benefit from any latest technology, your IT manager must have a thorough understanding of the organization’s work culture and the challenges faced by its users and its market. Before jumping into any new technology trend, your IT managers should ask one important question: “How it will help us in addressing our current issues and challenges or meeting our organization’s strategic goals?”
There are still several organizations which have yet to create cloud plans. They prefer keeping their applications and data in-house and prefer managing everything themselves. Now with the advancement in cloud offerings and for future-proofing of the network, prepare your company for a potential cloud move in future. The main point is to develop portable applications at present that will not hold back your organization from stepping into the future.
How to Address the Issue?
First of all, consider your hardware and software architecture. You should build new applications with an open architecture, which can be run with any database or on any platform. This means that now your organization’s applications can be run on an in-house server, in an in-house cloud as well as in an external cloud. Additional benefit you get is that any shifting to some cloud-based solution will be completed without any new application.
3. Big Data Analytics
Big data analytics is a process in which large data amounts of different variety are examined to discover unknown correlations, hidden patterns and other valuable information. The information collected helps in providing competitive advantage over competitors and gives numerous business benefits. Now, the big challenge is that most of the data is unstructured. This data type varies a lot in its format, which includes email, plain text, formatted document, blog, standard as well as non-standard image, voice, video, sensor input, animations, Web search logs etc. In fact, this data type is growing more quickly than the structured data.
How to Address the Issue?
For providing the best value to an organization, the Big Data analytics need new approaches to capture, store, and analyze data. The high growth and amount of unstructured data quickly outpaces the traditional solutions to handle the new volume. Since Big Data is gathered from various new sources, the conventional data management processes fail to cope with the complexity of Big Data. The New analytics provide you efficient methods for processing the variety. Real time data generation takes place whenever the demand for information arises. Solutions such as 100 GB Ethernet, Solid State Drives (SSDs) and parallel-processing offer you good response times.
4. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Bring Your Own Access (BYOA)
IT has controlled the user devices for years; however, with the inventions of tablets and smart phones, this has completely changed. Users now come up with their own gadgets, often without any knowledge of IT. They start using them for both work-related and personal tasks. They even come up with their own software and applications claiming that they are expert at using these. Although this is a plus point for enhancing productivity, it is also a challenge in terms of IT security. At this point, IT managers as well as CIOs have to make a decision; whether to secure the organization’s data or the network infrastructure.
To control mobile devices of users is an impossible task. Even with automation, an organization’s IT staff cannot fully monitor and keep a check on every device that is linked to the network. Here, the only solution is to control data access. You and your IT staff should first work on securing the data on the organization’s servers. Now give users easy access to the servers’ data in the form of Smartphone Web applications. This makes data accessing possible on any server that they have authorization to access while preventing data storage on the mobile device.
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