10 Lessons IT Learned in 2014

To say that change is swift in the realm of technology is an understatement. In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett has the latest scoop on IT from 2014. It should come as no surprise that IT underwent massive changes last year. Here’s your chance to get updated – before things change again.  

First change: It is no longer sufficient to protect your local area network (LAN) only. You must now protect the world (WAN became a necessity).    

Second change: IT is getting bypassed when it comes to vendor selection. Vendors are going directly to end users (i.e. – the business).  

Third change: End users that deal directly with vendors don’t know how to effectively manage them. That task is now the honorary role of IT.  

Fourth change: Big data is getting better, meaning businesses expect to use it in real-time scenarios, such as the tracking of consumer preferences.  

Fifth change: Many companies that adopted social media-style employee coordination and communication struggled to use it properly.  

Sixth change: If IT doesn’t know what the business wants, it’s in trouble. The average turnaround time for new IT projects is down to one month.  

Seventh change: Don’t throw away your files anymore. Experts agree that cold (cheap) offline storage is better than no storage, thanks to big data.  

Eighth change: Everything else under the sun is migrating to the cloud, so why not the corporate data center? IT may be poised to deliver the appropriate architecture.  

Ninth change: Just because the mobile workforce is dispersed doesn’t mean it’s worthwhile to personally visit remote locations that need servicing.  

At least one thing did not change in 2014 (actually, it hasn’t changed since 1984). Application maintenance is still the order of the day, leaving IT outfits struggling to provide new apps to a high-demand market.  

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