Key Take-Aways from the 2015 Conference
Gartner Catalyst Conference made clear, powerful digital forces such as mobility, cloud and big data are dominating the IT landscape, connecting people, machines and devices in unprecedented ways, and elevating technology from its traditional role as a business tool to being the very medium in which business takes place.
Digital business is cloud-first
Building a solid foundation for digital business requires organizations to architect, secure, deploy and manage cloud applications — and determine which platforms and vendors best fit their requirements.
Mobility risks must be managed
Enterprise mobile strategies must be converted into deployable architectures and technologies that reduce the inherent mobility risks while simultaneously delivering a positive user experience.
Data and analytics is a business contributor
In the digital age, traditional data management roles and processes are no longer sufficient. Future-forward systems must be architected to respond to and exploit every business possibility.
Culture is crucial to success
Nontechnical aspects of IT are gaining new levels of importance. People skills, collaboration and a business focus are essential — and radical ideas that challenge conventional thinking must be welcomed and supported.
Digitalization multiplies security issues
Data breaches, changes in the IT and business landscape and growing security threats all require that existing practices and patterns be scaled and combined with new approaches that align with business and IT demands.
The new data center is software-defined
Digital businesses must have data centers that are agile, automated and cost effective, requiring new architectures, methodologies and solutions such as hyperconverged, integrated systems and cloud disaster recovery.
Digital workplace productivity requires simplicity
Combining productivity, collaboration and content solutions that are provided by cloud services, required on mobile devices, and integrated with software tools creates complexities, but these can be overcome with appropriate content and collaboration solutions.
Software will drive innovation and agility
Software delivery teams must shift to innovative architectures, platforms and practices — all required to build compelling, flexible systems that contribute real business value for the Internet of Things and beyond.
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