[Hot IT topics] All roads lead to better business continuity
These are the hot IT topics for 2016, all supported with business continuity
There are a few hot IT topics this year. And, they all seem to link back to one thing–they are supported by business continuity. Perhaps in and of itself, efficient backup and recovery isn’t all that sexy. However, when you consider where the world is heading, it’s an integral component of all the IT trends. Let’s take a look at the universal trends and the role of business continuity.
Trend One: Digital Enterprises are on the Rise
Many industry experts are talking about digital businesses and watching them grow. Businesses like Uber and AirBNB are seemingly unstoppable–and they are changing the way we do business. Why are they kicking butt? These companies are using a distinct formula that has 1) the whole business completely supported by technology and 2) a service broker business model, focused on service providers and service customers. With lower operating costs and higher profit potential, we should expect to see new and even existing businesses alike adopt the practices of the “digital enterprise”.
So, with more and more businesses being predominantly digital, what does that mean for business continuity? A lot. With business happening virtually entirely online, it is even more imperative that technical disruptions are kept at bay. If a system goes dark–even for a short time–sales come to a halt, consumers are pissed and their confidence in your brand may not recover.
Trend Two: The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things, or as some like to say IoT, is universally one of the hot IT topics. IoT is even on the top of Gartner’s emerging technologies hype curve. While the IoT is everywhere, offering lots of seemingly superfluous data, there are lot of critical applications for the technology. For example, healthcare. The Internet of Things can effortlessly monitor patients statistics, providing them with a greater quality of life–and easing the burden on the medical staff. No longer will you need a nurse to have your blood pressure taken, listen to your heartbeat or monitor a slew of other vitals. Your charts will be digitalized and accessible remotely for healthcare professionals to review. You can also use the technology to ensure patients are taking the proper medications, getting refills and the list of practical applications goes on.
When the Internet of Things is used for serious, life-dependent applications, such as healthcare–or even purposes like driverless cars and automated emergency alerts–there is a need for that infrastructure to be fail-proof. Life-saving technology cannot save lives if it isn’t up and running. Therefore, business continuity will play a serious role in the success of these higher value Internet of Things applications. Downtime cannot just be reduced, it needs to be eliminated.
Trend Three: Data Here, Data There, Data Everywhere
Ok, so big data isn’t exactly making its debut this year. However, we–as consumers–are at the point where we simply cannot consume any more information. And the Internet of Things is only making things worse (like do I really need to know how many seconds I brushed my teeth?) and forcing us to reconsider all things data. For example, how we analyze and visualize it at scale will be a hot topic moving forward. In addition, with more personal data being collected, how it is protected and utilized will undoubtably be debated.
That said, the sheer mass of information collected will also require us to rethink how we store and backup this data. Enter business continuity. The way of the future will be solutions that offer increased storage capacity without driving up the cost to the end user. The need to recover information quickly will also be paramount as we become so data driven–and dependent.
The Role of Business Continuity Today
Business continuity may not be named as a hot IT topic this year–or ever for that matter. However, that’s not to say it isn’t important and the backbone of all technology trends. The truth is without the technology in place to recover all the “big data”, support the Internet of Things or keep Digital Enterprises online–those things would all be unreliable and rendered useless.