It’s that time of year again. Another year gone by, which means prepare to be bombarded with bold predictions of technology-related innovations and trends that will come your way in 2019. And for every new amazing technology you’re introduced to, there are many others that just need to go away.
Marc Andreessen coined the phrase “software is eating the world” almost ten years ago. His proclamation was clairvoyant because it predicted the rise of the digital age and its corresponding impact including the advantageous position the companies who were leading the charge would have.
Have you ever seen Joy of Painting? If not, look it up and watch an episode or two. Bob Ross was a great painter and a calming force, which is impressive given his history as a U.S. Air Force drill sergeant. A recurring component of Ross’ shows and paintings is ‘happy little trees.
Analytics is redefining the world. Data is the new oil. Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere
It feels like we hear some variant of these phrases too often. But there is a reason why such statements have become so pervasive. Data has quickly become the most valuable and differentiating asset for many organizations as it opens up new revenue streams and unearths opportunities for improvement in almost every part of an organization.
Cloud computing and virtualization are similar but not interchangeable. Both have their own benefits, so it’s worth learning how each technology works. With this knowledge, you can make the most out of your technology investment. Virtualization Imagine a company with five servers, each assigned a single task such as storage, email, etc.
Data is king.
In a world reshaped by digital transformation, data has become an integral piece of the decision-making process within an organization. All business models today are built around data, enabling leaders to make big decisions to increase revenue, decrease cost, and reduce risk.
With only two months to go until the May 25 deadline, news of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is everywhere. While companies scramble to implement strict internal policies and journalists fill their columns with dire warnings for non-compliance (monetary fines are up to four percent of annual global turnover), one aspect at the very heart of the upcoming regulation has been largely overshadowed – its impact on the customer.
Trends & Observations can serve two purposes. One, a view into a possible state and two, a reflection of things around us that can lead to disruptions. Sometimes you have to look closely to see the trees and other times far away to see the forest.
#1 Customer is King
The customer it turns out, is indeed always right…something we have all heard many times but often forget in the technology world.
I have to be honest. Much of what I predict to be significant for the data storage industry in 2018 may go unnoticed by most IT professionals, even though some of these concern major progress that hasn’t been experienced in nearly a full generation!
So much has been happening in the development of exciting new storage-class memory (SCM) that will help make arrays faster and more efficient in processing general purpose workloads, and this year I believe we’ll see a tangible payoff with the mainstreaming of this technology.
In 1987 when I read a book titled The Media Lab that described some forward-looking work at MIT, I came across the question: how will we directly connect our nervous systems to the global computer? I remember wondering at the time what global computer they were talking about.