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The 10 Most Important Lessons IT Learned in 2015

With the beginning of a new year, it is useful to take a moment to reflect on the past year and what practices worked and which need adjusting. In an article for TechRepublic, Conner Forrest elaborates on the 10 lessons IT can take away from 2015 and carry into 2016.

Lessons for IT

  1. BYOX is here and is staying.
  2. DevOps has validity.
  3. Data is an asset.
  4. Finding good talent could be a problem.
  5. SMAC is still important.
  6. Cloud is no longer scary.
  7. Security ideas are changing.
  8. Shadow IT is becoming embraced.
  9. Employees pose the biggest security risk.
  10. Commoditization may be threat.

Smartphone use grew insurmountably within enterprises. As a result, BYOD, brings your own device, was taken on board as the new norm. But in the coming year, this will change to BYOX as employees will seek to bring all of their devices to work and utilize them in their day-to-day operations. Unlike BYOX growing as the new buzzword, DevOps has proven itself as more than just a phrase, but a force to be reckoned with. Despite the challenges it faces, it is set to become the method of choice for enterprise IT.

More than ever, data has become an important asset to the company that is as good as gold, and businesses are getting smarter at knowing which data will actually be helpful. And while there is no shortage of data, there is set to be a shortage of qualified IT candidates to fill the surplus of IT jobs expected to open up in 2016. More than one million jobs in the United States alone are expected to become available.

SMAC (social, mobile, analytics, and cloud) is still going to be important to companies. Individually, all of these elements are continuing to grow, which means that their dependence upon one another will as well. For a long time, the cloud was not accepted by users because they were fearful of things concerning privacy and reliability, but not anymore.

In today’s world of social media, it is almost guaranteed that any security breach that a company may face will be made known to the public. IT needs to shift their focus towards the mindset of protecting their environment and appeasing all the eyes watching. Along with this, IT needs to begin embracing shadow IT and giving it a line on the budget.

You might imagine a solitary malicious fiend when you think about security risk, but in reality, companies should be equally concerned about their employees. Simple things such as a poor password or using unsecure networks cause huge security problems. Just like with security, organizations need to take preemptive actions to protect against commoditization. There are an array of tools that can help to replicate technology, so what is the organization doing to keep competitive in the face of it?

You can read the original article here: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/the-10-most-important-lessons-it-learned-in-2015/

About Danielle Koehler

Danielle is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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