rssitbuyer IDC RSS alerts Disaster Recovery Is Dead … Long Live Application Availability <P>This IDC Perspective discusses how concepts such as backup and recovery, disaster recovery (DR), and high availability (HA) are all vestiges of 2nd Platform technology. These capabilities are blending together into a continuum of application availability. As applications become available over a wide area, separate HA and DR infrastructure will not be needed to offer these capabilities. Technology suppliers and services providers need to think beyond HA and DR and architect their solutions for application availability.</P><P>"We believe that, by 2025, IT organizations will no longer have a need for separate HA and DR infrastructure," said Phil Goodwin, research director, IDC's Storage Systems and Software. "Rather, hybrid cloud and multicloud environments and the appropriate tools will create continuous application availability without specialized infrastructure or operations. Although markets such as DR as a service, archive as a service, and backup as a service can serve near-term IT needs, IT buyers need to prepare to pivot to application availability in the future."</P> IDC Perspective Fri, 07 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Phil Goodwin IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Customer Experience 2019 Predictions <P>This IDC Web Conference presents a discussion by IDC's Alan Webber on the key predictions that will impact how enterprises address the customer experience over the next three to five years. Senior IT leaders and line-of-business executives will come away with guidance for managing the implications these predictions harbor for their IT investment priorities and implementation strategies. </P><P>To learn more about IDC FutureScape 2019, go to</P> Web Conference: Tech Buyer Fri, 07 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Alan Webber Citizen First: Canadian Government Executive Perspectives and Priorities for 2019 <P>This IDC Perspective captures the trends and goals for Canadian government for 2019, along with guidance for public sector technology leaders. There is a realization within Canadian government that it needs to change. The ambition is to be faster, provide a better experience, and drive higher levels of satisfaction among citizens and businesses that deal with the government.</P><P>"To accomplish these objectives, government leaders IDC interviewed are focusing on improving the channels citizens use to interact with the government, the services provided, citizen involvement in the development of government services, and internal processes to drive efficiencies," says Mark Schrutt, strategic advisor, Innovation and Public Sector research, IDC Canada.</P> IDC Perspective Thu, 06 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Mark Schrutt, Jason Bremner Deploying Enterprise IT Assets: DIY or Outsource, What Is More Cost Effective? <P>This IDC Perspective shows how utilizing outside resources may help companies focus on business initiatives.</P><P>"Technology will continue to advance and become more complex," said Rob Brothers, program vice president, Software and Hardware Support and Deployment Services. "IDC's business accelerators, such as robotics, IoT and edge, and cognitive and artificial intelligence, are key areas for development and expansion that enterprises need to focus on and innovate around. Keeping internal staff trained on the nuances of deploying and supporting these complex IT assets instead of how those assets should be used to drive business initiatives may be a disservice to the business without a dynamic approach."</P> IDC Perspective Thu, 06 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rob Brothers Eleven Best Practices for Mobile Application Deployment <P>This IDC Perspective represents feedback from 20 customer interviews on mobile application deployment best practices. IDC asked buying organizations, all of which used third-party services firms to build mobile applications, to share what best practices led to the successful rollout of their mobile applications.</P><P>"The surge of mobility continues to deepen presence within the enterprise. Many adopters that have deployed mobile applications have achieved business benefits from their deployments, and they want to double down on enhancing employee productivity, improving customer experience, and reducing activity costs through leveraging mobility further. Having learned from prior mobile application deployments, organizations are learning from their experiences and fine-tuning their approaches through best practice frameworks to increase success. " — Pete Marston, research director, Application Lifecycle and Cloud Services</P> IDC Perspective Thu, 06 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Peter Marston IDC PlanScape: Digital Transformation for a Strategically Aligned Workforce <P>This IDC PlanScape presents a digital transformation road map framework that enables human resource organizations to develop their own digital transformation road map for achieving a strategically aligned workforce. </P><P>"The majority of companies have not yet fully aligned their workforce to the strategic objectives of the company through digital transformation," said Lisa Rowan, research vice president, IDC's HR, Talent, and Learning Strategies and Services. "According to IDC research, about one-third of companies have done little or no digital transformation, another third are in the beginning stages of digital transformation, and one-third are well underway on their journey to digital transformation."</P> IDC PlanScape Thu, 06 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Lisa Rowan, Cushing Anderson, Kyle Lagunas IDC TechBrief: Enterprise Data Platforms <P>This IDC TechBrief considers an emerging kind of product suite, the enterprise data platform, and its potential impact on the enterprise, which provides a clearinghouse capability for defining, cataloging, accessing, and governing data in multiple data sources. It considers the costs, benefits, and risks both of adoption and nonadoption of this technology.</P><P>"This technology enables users and developers to find and leverage data where it lives, to combine it where it makes sense to do so, to understand the data, to record its meaning, and to generate more frequent and better analyses and, in some cases, data-driven operations based on the data in the platform," says Carl Olofson, research vice president for Data Management Software research at IDC. "The resulting business value includes reducing the time to insight, more comprehensive business decisions, better data to support artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) operations, and a more agile enterprise."</P> IDC TechBrief Thu, 06 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Carl W. Olofson Supply Chain Security: Fixing the Holes in the Chain <P>This IDC Perspective discusses supply chain security and its detrimental effect on the tech industry.</P><P>"Despite having some of the most valuable technology companies in the world, we have allowed our supply chain to become vulnerable, exposing these companies to potential harm," said William Stofega, program director, Mobile Phones and Drones.</P> IDC Perspective Thu, 06 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT William Stofega The Role of Open Source in IoT Application Development <P>This IDC Perspective examines the role of open source software (OSS) in IoT application development worldwide as well as a specific view into the European environment. The document provides the reader with the current status of IoT application development, some of the key benefits and challenges of leveraging OSS for IoT application development, an overview of some of the vendors and foundations involved in open source IoT projects, common open source IoT monetization models, and best practices for successful solution deployment.</P><P>"While there is strong customer interest in commercial (non–open source) IoT application platforms, leveraging open source technology platforms for IoT application development can offer many benefits, including a reduced potential for vendor lock-in, flexible development/deployment options, and cost savings," says Stacy Crook, research director, IoT.</P><P>"In the broader software market, open source software has long been a viable, attractive option. But more recently, we have seen IoT become a key focal point for some of the major foundations that nurture a portfolio of OSS technologies, helping jump-start that market and greatly increasing competitive conditions for non–open source solutions," says Al Gillen, group VP, Software Development and Open Source.</P> IDC Perspective Thu, 06 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Stacy Crook, Al Gillen, Angela Salmeron 802.11ax/WiFi 6 Will Bring Speed, Efficiency to Enterprise WLANs, Especially Dense and IoT Environments <P>This IDC Perspective provides an overview of the new WiFi standard named 802.11ax, also known as WiFi 6, including an overview of the technical advancements in the standard and key use cases where this technology will be first deployed and most beneficial. Enhancements in the new version of the 802.11 WiFi standard will bring many benefits to a wide number of users and use cases, but the most important ones will be in areas with high densities of users or client devices connecting to and transferring data over the wireless network. Organizations that experience these pain points will be some of the first to consider this new technology, but other enterprises will adopt 802.11ax as part of the normal cyclical refreshes of WLAN hardware upgrades over the next three years. By that time, this standard will become the ubiquitous de facto wireless standard in both the enterprise and consumer WLAN markets.</P><P>"WiFi has never been a more critical communication platform, but its resounding success has created challenges around ensuring the highest levels of quality experience for all of its use cases — both users and machines," says Brandon Butler, senior research analyst, Enterprise Networks. "The newest 802.11ax WiFi standard that is expected to hit the market in 2019 has numerous enhancements that will drive the wireless market forward for years to come and ensure that WiFi technology can keep up with the strong demand and many exciting new future use cases." </P> IDC Perspective Wed, 05 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Brandon Butler, Patrick Filkins, Rohit Mehra