In the fast and ever changing world of IT it is very hard to predict  the mega trends coming to data centers over the next five years. It is very daunting due to  infinite infrastructure, relentless business demands and a major shift in control. But, here are some predictions about IT trends in 2017 so that IT pros can prepare.

Open development means breaking the data center down into its lowest-level components, which can fit together with open standards. Though less than than 2% of enterprise applications are designed for horizontal scaling, enterprise IT should avoid lifting legacy apps onto open infrastructure.Instead of this the IT pros should work on building-block infrastructure, and renegotiate your hardware contracts to get prepared for more open-standard hardware and software.

2. Automation

Automation is not a new trend, but, the next five years will be transformative for IT automation for both opportunistic and systemic implementation.

We know that IT administrators love the scripts and the struggle to create the best scripts. They fiddle with scripts that come from colleagues, and leave little documentation when they leave the job or move on to other work. It is the need of time to make IT automation evolve from scripting to deterministic (defined workloads for tasks) then to heuristic design (automation based on data fed in operations).  So pros should focus one of this new IT Trends in 2017 to make their way forward.

You should appoint an automation Leader in IT to follow the heuristic path by automating script discovery and rewarding administrators for building resilient, structured scripts.

3. Software-defined everything

Software-defined means pooling and managing your resources by a software rather than hardware. It is also one of most useful and emerging IT Trends in 2017. This  concept can be applied to every piece of equipment a data center can buy. It includes Software-defined servers, software-defined networks and software-defined storage.

The real point is agility so don’t approach software-defined everything for saving costs.  It is just not simple to make the legacy data center obsolete without a fight.

4. Big data

Today Big data analysis is being used in a number of ways to solve problems and provide new insights today. For example, based on the real time and historical data police departments pin-point the hot spots for crime without blanketing the city with patrol cars.

Build new data architectures in 2017 to handle unstructured data and real-time input, which are disruptive changes today.  It is not the data architecture which is the biggest challenge for IT adoption of big data analytics but, it’s a lack of big data skills.

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5. Internet of Everything (IoT)

Can IT take charge of a Coffee Cup?

Yes, It might be, If it has an IP address and connects to the network.

More and more internet-connected devices, combined with big data analytics means that businesses can automate and refine their operations.  In data center capacity management, Internet of Everything shapes the demand  and customer priority, rather than simply buying more hardware.

Don’t build to last this year build a data center that can be reshaped.

6. Webscale IT

Webscale IT means this trend relies on software-defined everything and open philosophies like the Open Compute Project.

Business leaders always  wonder why you can’t do what Google, Facebook and Amazon do.

The difference lies between the conventional hardware and software are not built for WebScale IT and other other side which relies on a major attitude adjustment in IT where experimentation and failure are allowed.

7. Mobility

Everything is mobile now a day, including your customers and workforce. This year wants you to have personal and business data and mobile applications isolated from each other on the same device — onto your technology roadmap now.

8. Bimodal IT

IT requires keeping the lights on and the servers humming, no matter how difficult it can be. Bimodal IT is practice in which you have to maintain traditional IT practices while other the other hand, introducing innovative new processes — safely.

Bimodal IT will make your team more disperse and by applying this you will stay more attached to your customers. It is one of the best practice you can use for application development in 2017.

9. Business value dashboards

2107 is the year in which the majority of infrastructure and operations teams will be using dashboards to communicate with the outside world. So understanding this future trend evaluate business-value dashboards get the IT staffers that speak the same language as your business stakeholders.

10. Organizational disruption

The trends mentioned above show the shadow IT, where the business depends on the IT professionals to gain agility.

Now there are some IT teams who are trying to disrupt this organizational IT by trying a new approach. An approch in which envolves quashing all shadow IT operations and allow business users to set up shadow IT for projects and track the performance like a proof-of-concept trial.

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