|By Bob Renner||
|January 25, 2013 10:00 AM EST||
Despite the immense potential for efficiency offered by the proliferation of cloud and SaaS solutions, integration of these solutions into often disparate enterprise IT frameworks continues to be a challenge for many businesses. Even traditional B2B integration faces greater complexity with the growing adoption of cloud and SaaS applications. Building on this complexity are things such as changes to privacy regulations that have occurred over the past decade - particularly in relation to healthcare and financial data - as well as the speed of data demands from distributed supply chains.
Over the next year, I anticipate that businesses will increasingly look to managed services that offer industry expertise, proven processes and in-depth technology to streamline cloud integration and data management initiatives that have been implemented over the past several years. With data volume, variety, velocity and therefore complexity increasing, companies are beginning to realize that integration and data management must be at the core of their IT architecture.
There are four key areas in which I expect to see significant advances related to cloud and managed services in 2013:
Managed services remain the "secret sauce" of successful integration
It's no secret that the complexity of integration is increasing with more regulations, security considerations, and burgeoning diversification and federation of data. This year, I expect to see renewed focus on adopting managed services solutions that combine technology, people, and processes, particularly when it comes to the marriage of integration and data management. The reality is that technology alone cannot solve the challenge of integrating disparate systems. Despite the rise of automation in integration projects, in 2013 I believe that companies will look to trusted managed services experts to obtain the human expertise that can drive the greatest efficiency in integration projects.
When it comes to cloud, services companies deliver the knock-out punch to their software brethren
Mounting pressure in the race to the cloud will be a major driving force in the technology industry in 2013, with players across diverse sectors looking to flesh out existing solutions and offer new ones through mergers and acquisitions. The reality is that solutions cannot remain static and expect to be competitive in the long term. Change and complexity is constantly growing and evolving, and solutions must dynamically grow with it - a growth often achieved through M&A.
As this convergence continues to take shape, I believe that Cloud Integration Brokers and service companies like IBM and Accenture will become the solutions du jour for enterprises making the move to the Cloud. According to a recent Gartner report, "Competitive Landscape: Integration Brokerage," over the past few years adoption of IB services SaaS integration and cloud services brokerage has rapidly accelerated, driving the overall IB market to $1.5 billion in 2012. I expect to see this trend continue as Cloud Integration Brokers offer more scalable, diverse, and dynamic solutions that streamline the move to the cloud and offer long-term scalability and adaptability.
Cloud adoption will drive a convergence across previously distinct integration solutions
Companies moving to the cloud will increasingly seek complete data integration solutions, moving away from the old models that distinguished between silos of integration "features," such as Application to Application (A2A), Business to Business (B2B), Managed File Transfer (MFT) and Business Process Management (BPM). The repercussions of this convergence in the integration market will have profound implications across IT organizations, impacting everything from internal Centers of Excellences, to the broader vendor landscape, and even the overall sourcing and deployment strategies for IT. I anticipate that, as a natural result of this shift across the industry, we can expect to see much more comprehensive and "data aware" integration architectures emerge over the next few years. I also believe that this shift will fundamentally change the way we think of integration and data management.
Vertical markets will turn to the private sector for data integration solutions that can scale
Over the next year, I expect to see a surge in demand for proven (private sector) data integration networks among healthcare organizations and government-funded Health Information Exchanges (HIEs). As it stands today, these organizations and HIEs continue to struggle to achieve a sustainable business model. In fact, don't be surprised to see up to 90% of all government-funded HIEs fail to reach sustainability by 2016. With minimal returns to show from initial grants, which in many cases were exhausted on implementation and maintenance of basic infrastructure integration, the HIEs that do manage to survive the next few years will seek out established private sector data networks and even managed services to provide the streamlined, efficient integration required for long-term viability. Furthermore, I believe that vertical markets will seek an integration solution that liberates and empowers data to become actionable as organizations continue to shift their focus toward providing a unique value to their constituency with this data in 2013.
Fundamentally, SDN is still mostly about network plumbing. While plumbing may be useful to tinker with, what you can do with your plumbing is far more intriguing. A rigid interpretation of SDN confines it to Layers 2 and 3, and that's reasonable. But SDN opens opportunities for novel constructions in Layers 4 to 7 that solve real operational problems in data centers. "Data center," in fact, might become anachronistic - data is everywhere, constantly on the move, seemingly always overflowing. Net...
Feb. 1, 2015 11:15 AM EST Reads: 4,077
The move in recent years to cloud computing services and architectures has added significant pace to the application development and deployment environment. When enterprise IT can spin up large computing instances in just minutes, developers can also design and deploy in small time frames that were unimaginable a few years ago. The consequent move toward lean, agile, and fast development leads to the need for the development and operations sides to work very closely together. Thus, DevOps become...
Feb. 1, 2015 11:00 AM EST Reads: 5,042
Building low-cost wearable devices can enhance the quality of our lives. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Sai Yamanoor, Embedded Software Engineer at Altschool, provided an example of putting together a small keychain within a $50 budget that educates the user about the air quality in their surroundings. He also provided examples such as building a wearable device that provides transit or recreational information. He then reviewed the resources available to build wearable devices at ...
Feb. 1, 2015 11:00 AM EST Reads: 4,175
The Internet of Things promises to transform businesses (and lives), but navigating the business and technical path to success can be difficult to understand. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sean Lorenz, Technical Product Manager for Xively at LogMeIn, demonstrated how to approach creating broadly successful connected customer solutions using real world business transformation studies including New England BioLabs and more.
Feb. 1, 2015 10:45 AM EST Reads: 4,893
Mobile commerce traffic is surpassing desktop, yet less than 20% of sales in the U.S. are mobile commerce sales. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Dan Franklin, Segment Manager, Commerce, at Verizon Digital Media Services, defined mobile devices and discussed how next generation means simplification. It means taking your digital content and turning it into instantly gratifying experiences.
Feb. 1, 2015 10:45 AM EST Reads: 3,818
Since 2008 and for the first time in history, more than half of humans live in urban areas, urging cities to become “smart.” Today, cities can leverage the wide availability of smartphones combined with new technologies such as Beacons or NFC to connect their urban furniture and environment to create citizen-first services that improve transportation, way-finding and information delivery. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Laetitia Gazel-Anthoine, CEO of Connecthings, will focus on successful use c...
Feb. 1, 2015 10:15 AM EST Reads: 3,340
NuoDB just introduced the Swifts 2.1 Release. In this demo at 15th Cloud Expo, Seth Proctor, CTO of NuoDB, Inc., discussed why scaling databases in the cloud is challenging, why building your application on top of the infrastructure that is designed with this in mind makes a difference, and what you can do with NuoDB that simplifies your programming model, your operations model.
Feb. 1, 2015 10:15 AM EST Reads: 2,704
Enthusiasm for the Internet of Things has reached an all-time high. In 2013 alone, venture capitalists spent more than $1 billion dollars investing in the IoT space. With "smart" appliances and devices, IoT covers wearable smart devices, cloud services to hardware companies. Nest, a Google company, detects temperatures inside homes and automatically adjusts it by tracking its user's habit. These technologies are quickly developing and with it come challenges such as bridging infrastructure gaps,...
Feb. 1, 2015 10:00 AM EST Reads: 4,822
“The year of the cloud – we have no idea when it's really happening but we think it's happening now. For those technology providers like Zentera that are helping enterprises move to the cloud - it's been fun to watch," noted Mike Loftus, VP Product Management and Marketing at Zentera Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Feb. 1, 2015 10:00 AM EST Reads: 4,052
The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the most important components in networking infrastructure, enabling users and services to access applications by translating URLs (names) into IP addresses (numbers). Because every icon and URL and all embedded content on a website requires a DNS lookup loading complex sites necessitates hundreds of DNS queries. In addition, as more internet-enabled ‘Things' get connected, people will rely on DNS to name and find their fridges, toasters and toilets. Acco...
Feb. 1, 2015 10:00 AM EST Reads: 5,165
The Internet of Things is a misnomer. That implies that everything is on the Internet, and that simply should not be - especially for things that are blurring the line between medical devices that stimulate like a pacemaker and quantified self-sensors like a pedometer or pulse tracker. The mesh of things that we manage must be segmented into zones of trust for sensing data, transmitting data, receiving command and control administrative changes, and peer-to-peer mesh messaging. In his session a...
Feb. 1, 2015 10:00 AM EST Reads: 4,227
“We are a managed services company. We have taken the key aspects of the cloud and the purposed data center and merged the two together and launched the Purposed Cloud about 18–24 months ago," explained Chetan Patwardhan, CEO of Stratogent, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Feb. 1, 2015 10:00 AM EST Reads: 3,424
"For over 25 years we have been working with a lot of enterprise customers and we have seen how companies create applications. And now that we have moved to cloud computing, mobile, social and the Internet of Things, we see that the market needs a new way of creating applications," stated Jesse Shiah, CEO, President and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Feb. 1, 2015 09:30 AM EST Reads: 3,823
"Application monitoring and intelligence can smooth the path in a DevOps environment. In a DevOps environment you see constant change. If you are trying to monitor things in a constantly changing environment, you're going to spend a lot of your job fixing your monitoring," explained Todd Rader, Solutions Architect at AppDynamics, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Feb. 1, 2015 09:00 AM EST Reads: 4,913
"Desktop as a Service is emerging as a very big trend. One of the big influencers of this – for Esri – is that we have a large user base that uses virtualization and they are looking at Desktop as a Service right now," explained John Meza, Product Engineer at Esri, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Feb. 1, 2015 09:00 AM EST Reads: 3,801
What do a firewall and a fortress have in common? They are no longer strong enough to protect the valuables housed inside. Like the walls of an old fortress, the cracks in the firewall are allowing the bad guys to slip in - unannounced and unnoticed. By the time these thieves get in, the damage is already done and the network is already compromised. Intellectual property is easily slipped out the back door leaving no trace of forced entry. If we want to reign in on these cybercriminals, it's hig...
Feb. 1, 2015 09:00 AM EST Reads: 3,961
“We are strong believers in the DevOps movement and our staff has been doing DevOps for large enterprise environments for a number of years. The solution that we build is intended to allow DevOps teams to do security at the speed of DevOps," explained Justin Lundy, Founder & CTO of Evident.io, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Feb. 1, 2015 09:00 AM EST Reads: 3,769
"SAP had made a big transition into the cloud as we believe it has significant value for our customers, drives innovation and is easy to consume. When you look at the SAP portfolio, SAP HANA is the underlying platform and it powers all of our platforms and all of our analytics," explained Thorsten Leiduck, VP ISVs & Digital Commerce at SAP, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Feb. 1, 2015 09:00 AM EST Reads: 3,980
SAP is delivering break-through innovation combined with fantastic user experience powered by the market-leading in-memory technology, SAP HANA. In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Thorsten Leiduck, VP ISVs & Digital Commerce, SAP, discussed how SAP and partners provide cloud and hybrid cloud solutions as well as real-time Big Data offerings that help companies of all sizes and industries run better. SAP launched an application challenge to award the most innovative SAP HANA and SAP HANA...
Feb. 1, 2015 09:00 AM EST Reads: 4,294