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Virtual Bridges 2014 Predictions: What to Watch for in 2014

VMblog 2014 Prediction Series

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2014.  Read them in this series exclusive.

Contributed article by Jon Senger, Chief Strategy Officer, Virtual Bridges

VDI Predictions - Virtual Bridges on what to watch for in 2014

A study conducted earlier this year noted that 70 percent of users now carry three or more devices - including laptops, thin clients, iPads, tablets and more.

Every day, there are new devices, applications, networks and clouds that users need to access; all causing tremendous management headaches and security challenges for IT professionals.

With no end in sight, 2014 will be the year that we see a true shift in how both end users and IT departments operate, including: 
  • Rise of the multi-function touch screen device. The classic desktop or laptop will continue to decline as end users opt for machines that optimize their experience. Touch capabilities will become the most sought after, even for enterprise customers. IT organizations will have to adapt to ensure enterprise applications work on a variety of devices to provide a solid end user experience.
  • VDI will grow its position as the top approach to managing BYOD, fully overtaking mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM). Organizations will turn to VDI due to its ability to ensure sensitive data resides on a central server, regardless of which device, or how many users access it. Users can change locations, switch between devices and work however they desire, without increasing organizational risk or IT headaches. This is the core of what Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) encompasses.
  • The private cloud will take flight. Security and costs will drive enterprises to move to private clouds or in some cases, hybrid scenarios. Customers will move from clouds that require vendor-lock in to those that work in a multi-cloud environment. In addition, they will demand that management and operations can be done from a common infrastructure. This will be accompanied by an increase in acquisitions as cloud providers attempt to provide multiple offerings.
  • SaaS applications will over take enterprise apps. Office 365 is gaining momentum. Google is the service of choice for many enterprises. And new SaaS applications such as Concur allow users to complete expense reports online. Users and enterprise are now more comfortable storing data in the cloud than on personal devices, and as a result new SaaS applications will emerge at a much faster rate in 2014 and overtake enterprise apps.
  • Chargeback and metering will rise in importance and become must-have features. Organizations, especially service providers, will request deep visibility into resource utilization data to ensure appropriate cost control and workload mapping, making chargeback and metering key capabilities and required features in cloud-based solutions.

Transforming the enterprise won't happen overnight, but on the heels of the past 12 months, it's clear we're in for an exciting ride in 2014.


About the Author

As the chief strategy officer of Virtual Bridges, Jon Senger is responsible for shaping the company's vision, identifying new market opportunities and enhancing the company's competitive position. An expert technologist, Jon joins Virtual Bridges after spending the last six years at Dell where he served as an enterprise architect and core engineering lead, and finally leaving the company as the CTO of Emerging Technologies where he worked in the office of the CIO developing innovative strategies to support the company's cloud computing, virtualization and BYOD programs. In this role, Jon introduced a primary compute BYOD solution as well as various mobile productivity solutions, designed and deployed the OpenStack private cloud within Dell IT, and led numerous corporate development activities. Before joining Dell, Jon spent several years as the manager of systems administration at Chase Paymentech and a systems engineer at Qwest Communications. 
Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013 9:04 AM by David Marshall
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