Costa Koutakis
Costa Koutakis Executive Head: Enterprise

The new year offers a great opportunity to look to the future and come up with innovative strategies to transform your business.

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5 trends that will drive enterprise IT transformation in 2018

And in 2018, it’s all about transformation. This as global brands, local businesses and government agencies look to leverage technology to serve their clients, improve their business processes and outdo their competitors.

When it comes to IT transformation, one of the best things you can do is to keep up to date with all the latest happenings and trends in your industry to ensure you aren’t left behind.

Here is a list of the top five trends that will drive enterprise IT transformation in 2018.

  1. The rise of SDN

Software-defined networking (SDN) deployments have already made a mark around the globe with many companies beginning to explore the security, agility and flexibility possibilities of these virtualised network services. According to market analysts, the global SDN market could be worth $3.52 billion (R45 billion) by 2018, primarily driven by a need for services and products that boost mobility and efficiency in networks, and a rising demand for Cloud services.

  1. Digital collaboration

In 2018, true IT transformation will come as businesses embrace the potential of digital technologies and use these tools to transform workplace collaborations. Remember the days when collaboration meant being stuck in the office with your colleagues for hours on end? Those days are over as communication and collaboration technology allows employees to seamlessly access shared calendar information, schedule calls across different platforms and share documents from any location and at any time. In addition, more businesses are leveraging video as a tool for collaboration. With access to high-speed Internet connectivity, video conferencing is a cost-effective way to improve business processes and increase collaboration with employees and clients.

  1. APIs

Application program interfaces (APIs) are a secret weapon for embracing true digital and IT transformation. To put the value of APIs simply, as more companies look to tie together multiple best-of-breed technologies, APIs play a big role in making this system integration possible. By “opening doors”, APIs allow businesses to tie various platforms together in an ecosystem that is fast and flexible and creates the best user experience.

  1. Re-platforming the enterprise

Some industry experts predict that 2018 will see companies moving to more common IT platforms, like those available from more well-established IT service providers. By doing so, these businesses are freeing up IT talent and working capital to focus on developing differentiated services, rather than spending their time ensuring that IT infrastructure runs as it should. These businesses can also better respond to market changes and are better equipped to make more informed decisions.

  1. Bolster cyber resilience

No business is perfect and no enterprise, no matter how stringent its security protocols, is 100% protected against cyber risks. In 2018, we will see enterprises planning and practising for cyberattacks and other threats because they know that these incidents will happen one day. Bolstering your resilience means continuously evaluating the risks and using these evaluations to tighten up any security shortfalls you might have. At IS, we aim to keep ahead of all the latest trends to guarantee that our clients have the IT solutions they need to remain competitive. Want a better idea of what tech trends may be affecting your industry in the near future? Download our handy IT Trend report, here.