As president, I am often indirectly asked to talk about the direction of IT/2017 technology trends….like I have insight into something that you don’t.
Sometimes, I do have insight, not because of my title, but we because and I read and talk to leaders in the IT leadership community. Some trends that will continue to grow are:
- Security will remain the pink elephant of 2017 technology trends. Many people will conclude that there is no problem for their business, because they have no evidence to prove them wrong. When these people are proven wrong, it is often too late for them and often a long overdue indicator that leadership is out of touch. Security requires more budget than ever to stay on top of. Ransomware in 2017 should invoke a Tora, Tora, Tora response in all of our hearts and checkbooks.
- Virtualization is still in the stone age. We have servers and desktop running virtual software. We don’t have mobile phone and tablet OS running in VM, yet. With most of the world using mobile devices to access the internet more than with wired devices, we have a lot of room for many vendors to come up with the “final answer” for virtualization.
- Screens will be more and more important. We stare at 27” monitors for 9 to 10 hours a day, and watch TV on a 55” TV for an hour or two. That shall continue to evolve with screen size tilting towards bigger work screens.
- Online everything will continue to grow. A few years ago, swipe right meant nothing to anyone. Ask a single person what swipe right means, and you will get a chuckle. Ask a single person in your office now, if you don’t believe me.
- The Internet of things will continue to impress. IP enabled Clothing will expand. Safety issues will generate wide scale acceptance of IoT devices.
- IT will move to the cloud at a faster and faster rate. Fear of “what if” will lose the battle to “its not my problem” thinking. The hardware business for individual IT folks will contract.
There are many more 2017 technology trends that I could express and expand on. That said, this list is already too long for anyone intelligent to address. Perhaps you can do a good job on one or two of these issues, but not all of them.
You need help addressing this stuff. We can help you with this. And it costs less than you think…so I think!
by: Jeff Gaura, President
Network virtualization is no longer really a question of ‘if’, but ‘when.’ Virtualization has been a growing trend in IT for years. But experts see it becoming a trend in the data storage industry as well this year.
Virtualization helps companies increase efficiency and lower their total cost of ownership. The Network Team has helped several companies with virtualization solutions. An effective virtualization solution starts with strong storage and servers. TNT recommends HP servers and storage for all of our customers, regardless of size. Our engineers are highly experienced and certified in HP products, offering you skills that your internal staff won”t have, without the expense of having to hire them.
Below is a look at how we have used HP storage and server solutions to help two of our clients.
O’Mara Inc. is a family-owned textile company with over 200 employees in two states. Their business problem was their storage consisted of many physical devices taking up space in their main offices. The Network Team used the power of HP Storage to consolidate storage into a server and SAN combination, allowing O’Mara to virtualize. We used a Hyper V Cluster using HP servers and Citrix virtual desktops. This freed up physical space for O’Mara and made storage management easier.
The Network Team also worked with a North Carolina county that was, to put it bluntly, a bit of a mess (as many enterprises are today). They had hundreds of employees who were using operating systems that ranged from Windows XP through Windows 8, and everything in between. The hardware ranged from brand new to nearly a decade old PC’s. Anytime an issue would come up, the first thing IT had to do was figure out what system/hardware the employee was using.
The Network Team again went with an HP server and storage solution for a virtual desktop deployment. This increased productivity by allowing employees to work from home. IT also saved the county up to $6,000 a year they had been spending replacing and upgrading PC’s.
The Network Team has many more success stories of saving customers time, money and headaches with smart, scalable virtualization solutions. Call us at 980-263-2865 or email us to find out how we can help you.
Worry. We don’t like to admit it, but it can represent a measurable amount of our brain cycles, with no real positive outcome.
We aren’t supposed to do it. It is Biblically referenced that we are not to worry but to trust Him in all things.
In the IT world, hardware has to be cared for and inspected, for if it fails, then there is a chance that information necessary for our business to operate will be lost. If enough information is lost, then the business can cease to exist.
Microsoft is pushing its Azure this next year. For those of you with the courage to ask, “what is Azure?” here is an answer. Azure is a fancy way of saying, “use our hardware. We have over a million servers and more people and processes managing these servers than you have in your entire company. Don’t buy hardware, use ours.”
At TNT, we use Azure. We will use more Azure, over time. Let’s us show you how to use it
Don’t worry. Be happy. Get out of the hardware business.
The Cloud – everyone’s talking about it, organizations want to understand it and adopt it, but how do you get there? We are on the brink of “cloudification” — cloud computing for all — but to get to that state there are many things to consider, such as people, processes and technology, before cloud computing moves to mainstream in your organization.
Moving to the cloud requires a strategy. The first step to ensure successful cloud initiatives is to create a plan. As a Certified Microsoft Cloud Partner, The Network Team is fully prepared to guide you through a successful cloud experience.
Here are a few things to think about as you get started:
- Cloud options: Private cloud? Public cloud? Hybrid cloud? Where do you begin? The right choice here is crucial so make sure you understand all of the cloud options.
- Virtualization Maturity: How much of your business is virtualized? Are you still in a data center consolidation phase or trying to get a handle on what you have? Was there an accounting or development project that just became the problem of the IT Department? Knowing the vision, status and plan for your Virtualized Infrastructure is often the difference between success and failure for your IT Department. Have you got a Virtual Disaster Recovery and offsite Backup Plan?
- Corporate Culture: How receptive is your organization to cloud strategies? What indicators let IT know it’s time to start looking? How willing is your organization to help take you from vision to execution? The Network Team has a ton of experience in the politics of IT and helping companies create a culture that embraces change.
- Changes in People: Once you adopt a cloud strategy, what does that mean for the people in the organization? Do roles change? Do you have all the domain expertise you need? Does the structure of the organization change? These questions are usually answered in the board room and can have a huge impact on everyone.
- Changes in Process: Have you been able to adapt your current processes to support the dynamic nature of virtualization? Do you need to revisit them? Do you need to re-write them? The Network Team provides the kind of migration support required for handling these daunting tasks from start to finish.
- Changes in Technology: With new cloud vendors appearing in the market daily, how do you know who the right vendor is? How do you assess the strengths and weaknesses of each? How do they fit in with your current IT investments? What makes a strategic cloud partner that will not only take you to the cloud now, but will continue to change with you as your processes change?
The Network Team knows that you have thousands of choices in the IT vendor market. We want to earn your business and we are willing to help you answer the difficult questions, like those you just read, and clear the cloud confusion. Meet with us and let us discuss the cloud with you. We can cover topics that range from a basic definition of the cloud and cloud concepts, to ensure we are all on the same page, to how to take advantage of this technology in a crawl, walk, then run manner. We can discuss more advanced concepts such as Cloud Service Management/Service Catalog, IT as a Service, Self Service and Delegated Administration.
Cloudification is real and it is redefining the way global business is done in both big and small data organizations. We want to have a chance to talk about your situation and innovate a strategy that ultimately saves you money and increases your customer base.
Give The Network Team a chance to introduce you to the cloud. Call us at 980-263-2850.