Every year there is a new list of trending IT solutions that you need to get your hands on. This year, the technology advances being made in the cloud are considered a must integration by many. Investing in these cloud solutions will not only innovate the way you work, but it will increase productivity, efficiency, as well as help you scale above your competition. Here are the top 5 solutions your company should implement in 2017.
5. DaaS/VDI (Desktop as a Service)
Today, companies are more mobile than ever, needing to access corporate assets from hand-held devices like tablets and smart phones anywhere in the world. Desktop support gobbles up IT man hours more than any other discipline. So, how can IT reduce desktop support and management hours without sacrificing the responsive service their internal customers and partners need?
The answer? Take it to the cloud. Desktop as a Service (DaaS).
Outsourcing your Virtual Desktop needs, gives you access to the multi-tenancy architecture that ensures that each asset is properly updated with current software and content.
According to the CEO of Stratodesk, 2017 will see a strong growth in the DaaS (VDI) market. To further his point, as well as ours, here is a great read on why VDI is a trending technology in 2017.
4. VoIP – Voice over Internet Protocol
Voice over Internet Protocol, is a phone service that allows you to make calls over the internet, instead of using traditional LAN lines. A provider houses the phone system, and handles all essential technologies that are needed to deliver the services to the phone system.
Not only do you get more features when you integrate a VoIP system, but you are also paying less. You no longer have to worry about managing on-site hardware, which minimizes your infrastructure costs. Your call costs are also decreased, as you are not charged extra for long distance calls. On top of this, all calls from a VoIP system to another VoIP system are free. BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) is another game-changing feature that will lower costs, as it allows employees to connect their devices to the network.
3. SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Networking)
For many companies, staying competitive is a constantly evolving atmosphere. For an IT department, branch network challenges, such as increasing expensive bandwidth, troubleshooting branch complexity, and managing rigid architectures is particularly IT intensive. So what can you look for to help alleviate this wasted on-the-clock time your employees are spending?
Well according to Lee Doyle, from Doyle Research, SD-WAN is your answer,
“SD-WAN offers compelling advantages for distributed organizations with critical branch operations, including the benefits of business agility, improved application performance, and lower cost of bandwidth.”
SD-WAN is an innovative way of thinking, as it is a growing technology, but it is already projected to mature into a $6 billion industry in the very near future. This means, 2017 will allow you the opportunity to integrate a highly, sought-after technology that will enable you to bypass your competition.
2. Security as a Service
Security as a Service is a fast growing solution and a way for you to make sure your business can do everything possible to avoid harmful web-based attacks. Security as a Service allows your company to outsource all of your security needs, giving you more time to focus on your business’s core competencies. Not only will you no larger have to worry about managing the constantly changing security field, you will receive numerous amount of benefits. Here are a few:
- Constant virus definition updates
- Top-of-the-line security experts
- Less user liability
On top of this, outsourcing your security administrative tasks (like log management) will free up your IT department to focus more on growing your business, instead of maintaining it.
According to research conducted by Gartner, security services grew 24.7% in 2016 to a $6.2 billion industry. This is projected to increase year over year, so now is a better time than ever to get in on this vastly expanding industry.
1. Backup/Disaster Recovery
As most business owners and IT Managers know, backing up critical data is one of many key drivers to business continuity. Otherwise your customer data, employee info, and your secret Krabby Patty formula could be vanquished at any moment.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a big change in the backup era, as plenty of you remember that floppies used to be a thing. We went from those floppies to external drives, to CDs, to flash drives, to SSD drives, and now to the cloud.
The cloud has stepped into the ring, and is the new front runner in the backup industry. It is a way to backup your data offsite, to a service provider’s data center, and access it over the internet. The cloud allows you to scale up or down with the amount of storage you need, as well as keep your business-critical data geographically secure.
Wait… why does my data need to be geographically secure?
Well to start, if your business was struck by a natural disaster and you lost your data, would you be able to function without it? Ask yourself the same question if your data was breached, or your systems were shut down by a Ransomware attack. If your company's backup is hosted in the cloud, your data is safe and can be easily restored at any moment.
In 2017, to keep up with competition, IT teams and business executives will see integrating the Digital Transformation as one of their highest priorities. These products will redefine data centers, drastically changing legacy systems and whipping them into systems of innovation. With the Internet of Things (IoT) becoming more and more relevant (projected 26B devices connected by 2020), for your company to stay competitive, you will need to start integrating sooner, rather than later.
From now, to the foreseeable future, the new rule will be “Everything that can be turned on or off, will inevitably be connected to the internet (as well as each other)”. If your devices aren’t connected to the cloud, you may be missing out on a great opportunity to outshine your competition. That is, if they’re not already participating!