This year was all about growth in platform as a service, omnipresent encryption, the integration of analytics into everything, and the increasing popularity of hybrid cloud management solutions. Now all of the buzz now seems to be shifting towards the Internet of Things, open source cloud, and Linux containers, with enterprise IT departments scrambling to keep up. With this in mind, here is a roundup of what tech analysts, industry veterans and shameless prognosticators say is in store for us in 2015.
Despite strong projected growth, cloud services uptake in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) could be hampered by the speed at which local cloud service providers adopt new security controls, Emirates Investment Authority (EIA) IT head Furqan Ahmed Hashmi tells BCN.
Consolidating its applications and SQL servers in the cloud has made it easier for industrial manufacturing product vendor Piab to support mobile employee workstyles, the company’s chief information officer Greg Anderson tells BCN.
Arab Open University (AOU), a non-profit, private regional university spanning seven countries is looking to take more of its applications to the cloud in a bid to improve how the organisation supports staff and students in the region, according to the university’s chief information officer Abid Butt.
Property management isn’t the first vertical that springs to mind when one thinks of IT as a strategic differentiator. But Moataz Hassouna, chief information officer of the Egyptian division of Emaar Properties, one of the Middle East’s largest property management firms, says that IT is one of the essential means by which the company keeps ahead of its competitors.
The marriage of Nissan and Renault, well into its 15th year, brought with it a significant business reform strategy that puts IT transformation at its core. Stephen Kneebone, Nissan’s chief information officer with responsibility for the EMEA region explains to BCN how the Alliance’s IT strategy is helping both brands deliver a consistent, coherent digital platform for internal users and customers.
The development of OpenStack moving forward is likely to focus on refining the existing features and capabilities within the project and securing agreement on a common idea of what the core OpenStack platform consists of, according to Alan Clark, chair of the OpenStack Foundation’s board of directors and director of industry initiatives, emerging standards and open source at Suse.
BMW is using OpenStack to stand up its private cloud platform in a bid to improve the scalability and flexibility of the company’s IT infrastructure, but according to Dr. Stefan Lenz, the company’s IT infrastructure, department manager datacentre, the open source project still needs to become more hardened in order to support a greater variety of workloads and use cases.
Software defined networking (SDN) has been the darling of the networking and IT world for the past few years, billed as one of the key cloud-enabling technologies with the potential to make every digital service consumable on-demand. But despite widespread appetite for technologies that can make networks more flexible, scalable and easy to manage, SDN still has a number of hurdles to overcome before enterprises embrace the technology.
UK oil and gas firm BG Group plans to put much of its data in the cloud over the coming months and is currently trialling Box’s cloud-based storage and collaboration platform, which it plans to extend across its global network of employees and partners. But it still needs to address data classification issues, and educate employees, in order to strike the right balance between security and efficiency according to Judy Porter, BG Group’s global IT strategy.