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Adaptiva 2017 Predictions: Surges Forecasted for Enterprise Windows 10 Adoption and Cloud Software Deployment

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Contributed by Jim Souders, Chief Operating Officer, Adaptiva

Surges Forecasted for Enterprise Windows 10 Adoption and Cloud Software Deployment

As businesses continue to try to keep pace with today's data-driven economy, IT departments are often on the front lines to deliver innovation throughout their organization. I've heard firsthand how this broadened role is increasing the pressure on these enterprise IT personnel to do more with their current infrastructure and rapidly deliver technologies to a global workforce. In response, I predict over the next year we will see even more emphasis on technologies that drive productivity and efficiency for IT, including a surge in Windows 10 adoption, software deployment via the cloud, and security automation. Here's why:

  • 2017 will be remembered as the year of universal enterprise Windows 10 adoption. We saw Windows 10 quickly rake in more than 20% of the consumer software market with downloads on 400 million devices in 15 months-breaking both Windows 7 and 8's adoption records. However, enterprise migration is slower as companies evaluate the cost and complexity of moving onto Microsoft's newest operating system. According to Adaptiva's 2016 Windows 10 Enterprises Adoption Survey, many enterprises (41%) have gone so far as to actively resist the move by using software to prevent or disable Windows 10 installation. That's all expected to change in the coming year as over half of those survey takers (64%) plan to make the switch within the next 6 months. I foresee much of this exodus will be voluntary, but if the pace loses its steam I'm guessing we'll see maneuvers by Microsoft to keep the ball rolling. This could include bold steps to reduce support for Windows 7/8/8.1 or promotions that sweeten the pot with Microsoft Azure and Office 365 to get reluctant IT departments to switch.
  • Forty-percent of software deployment will go through the cloud by 2018. "More than $1 trillion in IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud during the next five years," Gartner says. Software deployment, which has traditionally been immune to the draw of the cloud, is primed to flip the switch. I predict we'll see a surge of enterprises on this trajectory between now and 2018 as they convert from traditional on-premise server infrastructures to the cloud for deploying software. These new technologies will make deployments easier, automatic, and less impactful on companies' networks. This is supported by Adaptiva's recent Cloud Adoption Survey, which showed 40% of the 300 IT respondents plan to use the cloud for software deployment in the next two years.
  • In 2017, cyber defense will become the name of the game as enterprises use automated security solutions to thwart attacks in real-time. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, data breaches have increased by 15% in 2016 compared to last year with more than 29 million records being exposed. Gartner adds it's only going to get worse as "the continuing evolution of the 'hacker industry' and its use of increasingly sophisticated tools - including the same advanced technologies available to enterprises - significantly increase the threat potential." The cost of cleaning up after just one of these cybercrimes can easily exceed $4 million, according to IBM and the U.S.-based Ponemon Institute's 2016 Cost of Data Breach Study. Even if they can foot the bill, a company's reputation may never heal. I've seen it happen and enterprises are taking notice too, increasingly looking to stop these attacks where they most often occur - on their employees' PCs. Expect enterprises to fight back by implementing automated solutions that identify and resolve endpoint security issues in real-time without manual intervention. To safeguard their data, companies will seek out adaptive security architectures that can identify security issues and react immediately with defensive actions.


About the Author

COO, Jim Souders, is responsible for overseeing operations at Adaptiva to support the continued success and rapid customer adoption of the company's market-leading smart scaling systems management solutions. Jim has more than 20 years experience in multi-stage company evolution and development. Prior to Adaptiva, Jim was General Manager and Vice President at Dorado Software. He has led high growth organizations delivering a variety of leading edge technologies, including IT infrastructure management, cross-platform mobile application development, WAN/LAN optimization, and wireless supply chain automation systems.

Jim Souders 

Published Wednesday, December 07, 2016 9:04 AM by David Marshall
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