Five takeaways from this week’s Gartner Symposium and advice on how you can use the insight to your advantage.
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Highlights from the Gartner Symposium 2015
It seems that every few weeks there is another conference or panel discussion that convenes together to predict what the future holds for the world of IT. Executives communicate their brand promises with varying success, but the test of time has proven Gartner to be one of the more reliable companies who task themselves with the responsibility of providing trustworthy IT assessments. Therefore, the Gartner Symposium ITExpo 2015 was an event worthy of paying attention to this week, resulting in a number of findings for IT professionals. Several emerging trends were discussed at the Gartner Symposium, and IT pros are always curious to know how these trends are going to directly affect their work as well as the larger scale operation of their IT organization. To summarize things for you, here are four highlights from this year’s Gartner Symposium ITExpo 2015 that you should have on your radar.
As much as CIO’s would like to admit it, it is difficult for IT executives to have full control over every aspect of their infrastructure with high level responsibilities taking up much of their time. In order to correct any degree of uncertainty, having a full view of IT workloads and data flows is becoming a paramount capability for IT management. Wide ranging and consistent visibility is essential in a world of multiple-ownership enterprise computing, and the trend of full scale monitoring was a primary focus at the Gartner Symposium for that exact reason. If you want to know what is really happening in your IT environment, workload monitoring is a must have and will only become more vital in the future.
The "fully integrated stack" vs. "best of breed" argument is well known amongst IT circles. When hardware racks sitting in data centers are forced to compete with cloud services, there is a natural tendency for some to lean toward integrated stacks with deployment speed and simplicity in mind. Enterprise hardware vendors are offering integrated systems that bring multiple subsystems together in a single pre-configured rack. The biggest impact of these integrated systems has been in remote offices, where mini data centers can be deployed very quickly, contributing to an overall increase in efficiency and accessibility. Thanks to both integrated systems and cloud services, hardware deployment times are trending downward and that's a positive indicator for CIOs and enterprise IT organizations.
‘Shadow IT’ is a thing of the past
Modern IT organizations are built on the premise of departmental collaboration, the days of ‘shadow IT’ are a thing of the past and the Gartner Symposium placed a great deal of importance on the idea of every business unit being a technology startup. Both IT managers and non-IT executives are expected to be equal partners in leading new waves of innovation and taking a leadership role in instilling the concept of digital change as a center-stone for their business. And while one may think this makes the lives of CIOs easier, in reality it only adds additional responsibility as they are tasked with ensuring that no IT disasters occur during periods of substantial growing and system revamping. The overall health of the IT organization has never been more important, and it will become increasingly common to other departments putting a stake in IT initiatives.
The concrete definition of ‘bimodal IT’ is still up for debate, but David Cappuccio (a VP at Gartner) treated the term with a very specific meaning throughout the Gartner Symposium. His viewpoint treats bimodal IT as a concept focused on both out-of-the box thinking in search of game changing tools while also keeping a steady course on ensuring reliable IT operations. A balance of these two schools of thoughts is necessary in order to experience long term success, and IT pros are already well aware that they need to stay ahead of competitors while maintaining maximum uptime of their systems. However, bimodal IT is being labeled as an emerging trend because companies are now building their processes rather than merely acknowledging its existence. In an industry where new buzzwords run rampant on a daily basis, expect bimodal IT to be a hot topic in the short term future.
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