Avoiding the hype cycle: Preparing for the biggest tech trends in 2016 | ALC Training News

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Whether you’re involved in the IT operations of a major organisation or a small business, it’s east to get caught up in the hype cycle of new technologies.

Cloud computing, mobile data expansion and other forms of tech innovation seemingly enable companies to become more agile, reduce daily operating costs and surge ahead of competitors without significant investment or know-how on behalf of the team.

This isn’t actually the case, however. While many new trends in the IT space offer tangible benefits and operational improvements, there’s a real need to focus on how to implement them correctly.

1) Cloud growth – Have a plan in place

Cloud computing can be a powerful business asset, as it enables companies to take expensive server infrastructure and essentially move it offsite into the hands of a skilled provider. These providers take over the running of the servers, any security issues and ongoing servicing. For the business, all that’s required is access to the applications.

Equinix explained that cloud adoption is set to increase, with a study from the end of 2014 noting that Australian IT professionals were indicating plans to move ahead with multiple cloud deployments.

Training in a course like ITIL is one of the best ways of ensuring a cloud deployment goes according to plan, but it’s also important to consider whether cloud services are actually right for the company.

Cloud technologies require careful consideration.Cloud technologies require careful consideration.

2) Mobile data expansion – Understand your device strategy

Mobile devices allow workers to stay in touch with the business and clients from out on the road, and easily get work done. Smartphones, tablets and ultra-portable devices offer a new way of unshackled working. Within the office, tablets can be used to video conference easily during meetings and share ideas.

It’s not surprising then that Gartner is predicting significant mobile data growth through to 2018, expecting global traffic more than triple by 2018.

Mobile devices are certainly a necessity for businesses of all sizes, but it’s easy to open the company up to security issues without proper controls. To ensure there’s little risk, make security the top priority.

3) Tech innovation – Know what’s suitable for your business

A study from Microsoft found that small businesses based in New Zealand and Australia could grow quickly, in fact as fast Asia Pacific counterparts, if they embrace innovative new technologies and methods of working.

While this may sound like the go-ahead to jump on the new technology bandwagon, it may pay to pump the brakes first. Consider the current spate of offerings, including cloud-based desktops and video conferencing solutions, and think about what’s actually going to benefit the organisation. After all, video conferencing won’t be useful for a business based in just one city, with no travelling staff.

Data breaches and cyberattacks are likely to continue growing in 2016.

4) Security – Prioritise the right systems

Lastly, there’s security. While not exactly a new technology trend, data breaches and cyberattacks are likely to continue growing in 2016 as businesses continue to move many of their systems and services to online alternatives.

It’s going to be crucial to have the right security systems and training for staff in place, especially given the cost of data breaches. The Ponemon Institute found the average cost of a breach across 350 companies stood at $3.8 million (AU$5.2 million) this year, a dramatic increase of 23 per cent from the same study in 2013.

As with tech innovation, careful considering of new systems and services will be one of the most effective ways to avoid a data breach.

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