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According to IDC, new IT rules are already asserting themselves.
The rapid evolution of IT has been obvious to anyone with even a limited connection to high-tech enterprise operations. Now, IDC research has demonstrated the form these changes are taking. Companies the world over are adapting their processes to suit a new group of technologies labeled the "Third Platform," a blanket term comprising mobility, the cloud, big data and social.
The future has already arrived
Old-fashioned IT operations may represent a serious weakness or liability in the current climate. According to IDC's reporting, many of the notable tech developments witnessed in 2013 were based on the transition between two eras. IDC's chief analyst, Frank Gens, pointed out that firms decided to move their funding to futuristic Third Platform developments as the old guard floundered. Gens explained that the trend will continue in 2014, as large organizations don't want to fall into the traps sprung the year before.
The cloud now has a foothold in the IT space, one that it will likely solidify. Gens stated that IDC expects Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) deployments to become more important in 2014 than they have been before. While early cloud use focused on Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) tools and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) environments, the patterns are changing and Gens sees the market moving "up the stack." This change in focus, he posited, will weaken the large enterprises that have maintained a traditional hold on technology distribution.
IDC also picked overall cloud use for drastic growth in the years ahead. This is unsurprising, as the cloud delivers the type of connectivity that mobile workplaces demand and provides a repository for big data, tying it into two other vital trends of the moment. Gens stated that overall cloud outlay by firms will exceed $100 billion this year, up 25 percent from 2013.
Take action now
Businesses that hurry to get ahead of the Third Platform and implement its innovations into their operations could have a serious advantage over their competitors that wait. A good start could involve the transformation of application development through PaaS use. These solutions enable improved teamwork and quick turnaround times by harnessing cloud resources.
The leading PaaS options can also connect companies to other elements of the Third Platform. For instance, mobile development is easier with these solutions than previous generations of technology. Creating apps that work seamlessly across Android and iOS, the two most prominent mobile operating systems, may be a benchmark moment for organizations, helping their employees connect to one another on the go and organically increase their productive contributions to teams.
An experienced content and social media marketing professional, Michelle writes frequently about the practical applications of information technology.
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