Every year there is a new list of trending IT solutions that improve efficiencies and processes. IT professionals, in order to keep their organizations lean and agile, will look to this upcoming years' latest technologies and trends. With pressure to cut costs and improve processes, 2019's technologies can help CIOs, CTOs, and CISOs achieve this. Investing in cloud solutions and services will help organizations increase productivity, efficiency, and beat out competition. Here are the top 5 solutions your company should implement in 2019:
1. Security as a Service (SECaaS)
Security as a Service (SECaaS) will be the fastest growing trend in 2019. The reason? IDG estimates that cybercrime damage costs will grow to $6 trillion annually by 2021. SECaaS solutions provide your organization with all of the tools needed to protect it from harmful web-based attacks like ransomware, spyware, malware, and viruses. In addition, it allows your organization to outsource all of your security needs, giving you more time to focus on your business’ core competencies. This is perfect for companies who lack security expertise and/or leadership from a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). The value added by a SECaaS solution includes an all-in-one, end-to-end security solution that includes the following features:
- Security Information Event Management (SIEM)
- Managed Security Services
- Intrusion Detection and Prevention
- Email Security
- Multi-Factor Authentication
These services can all be attained from one service provider in a SECaaS bundle instead of purchasing these security services from 10 different providers. 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.
2. VoIP – Voice over Internet Protocol
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a method of communication that allows you to make calls over the internet instead of using traditional LAN lines. It converts a user's voice into a digital signal and delivers that signal as a data package over the internet. VoIP completely bypasses the old-days of copper phone lines. A service provider houses the phone system and handles all of the back-end technologies that are needed to deliver the services to the phone system.
VoIP will continue to be popular in 2019 thanks to an increase is premium communications features while reducing the overall costs of voice and data for your organization. With a hosted VoIP solution, you no longer have to worry about managing on-site hardware, allowing your organization to minimize infrastructure costs. Your call costs are also decreased because the cost of long-distance calls is removed. In addition, VoIP calls to another VoIP system are completely free.
The VoIP market is projected to reach the $200 billion mark by 2020 according to the August Free Press. The growing popularity can be attributed to the premium communications features, for example, BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device), and cost savings associated with VoIP. Get the full list of VoIP communications features here.
3. Backup/Disaster Recovery
Business and IT managers know that backing up critical data is one of many key drivers to business continuity. Failing to backup data can result in lost customer data, employee info, contracts, and more amidst disaster, cyberattacks, or human-error. Getting those data backups off-site and building in redundancy is a huge initiative for IT teams.
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's 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.
Start by asking yourself: would my organization be able to function without access to data and computing power? Ask yourself the same question if your data was breached or your systems were shut down by a ransomware attack. If the answer is no, building in geographical redundancy by hosting your data off-site and out of harms way is the key to changing that "no" to a "yes". If your company's backup is hosted in the cloud, your data is safe and can be easily restored at any moment.
4. GDPR Compliance Assistance
With so much benefit to be gained in the cloud, many organizations will find difficulty in complying with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). According to a Gartner study, 99% of vulnerabilities will be continuously known by security and IT professionals for at least one year. Cyber security threats are sure to increase in the coming years, but only a handful of organizations truly understand how to be fully GDPR compliant amidst cyber threats.
Our cloud solutions are all HIPAA, PCI-DSS, and SOC 2 Type 1 compliant. We also have trained security engineers that understand GDPR rules and guidelines so that your organization can feel secure and compliant in our cloud.
5. Hybrid Cloud Solutions
The public cloud is not a one-size-fits-all type of solution. On the other hand, a complete move of all processes and data to the cloud can create worry and be a difficult task altogether- especially those with strict regulations and policies to follow. For this reason, organizations will turn to a hybrid cloud strategy in 2019.
The hybrid cloud model offers an intermediary solution that combines your organization's on-premise infrastructure with off-premise infrastructure in the cloud. Your organization can protect mission critical processes on-premise and less-critical ones in the cloud. This hybrid model allows organizations to transition to the cloud and their own pace with great flexibility and scalability.
Keep up with competition and the latest IT trends in 2019. As part of the ongoing processes of automation and digital transformation, IT teams will be turning to the cloud to accomplish goals and projects. The services outlined above will redefine data centers and help move legacy systems into more agile, scalable, and modern systems. With the Internet of Things (IoT) becoming more and more relevant (projected 26 billion devices connected by 2020), your organization will need to stay competitive by migrating to the cloud 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. Looking for help to prepare for 2019? Schedule NewCloud for a 30 minute 2019 IT Strategy Session. We can help your derive a plan for 2019 and identify gaps you may have in your current plan.