Change

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Seems to me that lots of change is about to happen in corporate IT. There has been chatter for years about everything moving to the cloud and disk drives are dead or everything must be mobile or the like and most of those brash predictions are just nonsense. They might be true in a corner or in a niche or in some limited applications, but in general, they are nonsense. Few things in IT change overnight or even in a year. Many times is takes decades.

WSJ just posted an article about things we’d like to see die (fax machines) and it is mostly about right. The bulky ERP on the list is right and wrong. Yes, we’d like them to go away and magically be in the cloud, which means someone else’s computer, but it just can’t happen quickly for big organizations. The shift to some of these platforms is really, really, really hard.

However, this time it feels like change is happening. Incrementally. Here are some thoughts:

  1. There is going to be turmoil and turnover in applications used and deployed in the coming years. It is likely that apps installed and put into production last year will be replaced by different applications next year. There are new SaaS solutions appearing weekly and some vendors are integrating lots of functions into a suite (ServiceNow, Salesforce.com, WorkDay, etc.).
  2. Data growth will continue with no real slowdown in sight. Storage is cheap and the engineers want to save everything forever. The data scientist types will want the data saved forever too.
  3. Turmoil will continue with hardware and software vendors. The current wave of M&A activity will continue. Suites gobble up small application companies. Infrastructure companies gobble up other infrastructure companies. Others just won’t make it. The hype cycles will continue.
  4. Security or information protection is getting harder. No easy end in sight.
  5. Lots of stress in IT. Do all of the above, spend little or less, keep everything secure and be faster.

What else?

3 thoughts on “Change”

  1. Hi Mark,

    When the right solution comes along people are more open to change, regardless of how simple or involved that change is. Internet has been struggling with the password problem for a long time. There has been a push to get Stronger Authentication for online interactions for as long as I can remember, and yet most financial institutions do not offer Stronger Authentication options to their customers, let alone enforce it. And this is not due to the lack of available Strong Authentication options. Phone call / SMS based Authentication, Google Authenticator app, Microsoft Authenticator app are all excellent Strong Authentication solutions, but none of these gained any widespread traction.

    Internet users were tired of Phishing and wanted more Security for their Online Accounts, but they were not willing to give up on their privacy. There was always a trade-off— if you want more security and anti-phishing
    controls, you had to give up on privacy. Then along came FIDO which addressed security and phishing problem while giving the users control of their privacy of their online interactions. Recently the FIDO U2F / UAF Open Standards for Strong Authentication seems to be quickly gaining grounds. To a certain extent this could be because FIDO is easier compared it to other Strong Authentication options. But mainly because not only FIDO addresses the Login Security aspect, but it also prevents Phishing while respecting User Privacy. User Privacy is baked into the protocol.

    I think we will see more and more adoption of FIDO Open Standards across the industry.

    Saqib.

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