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VMware 2017 Predictions: Market and Technology Trends for 2017 and Beyond

VMblog Predictions 2017

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2017.  Read them in this 9th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Bask Iyer, CIO and General Manager, IoT, VMware

A CIO perspective: Looking ahead at market and technology trends for 2017 and beyond

As I look ahead at where market and technology is headed for 2017 and beyond, I am excited about several trends. The key theme across them is one of interconnection. These are not ten independent trends but instead ten interwoven and increasingly sophisticated forces coming together with great momentum.

  1. Mobility Plus
  2. Cloud Plus
  3. IoT
  4. Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers
  5. Uberization of IT
  6. IT-driven Innovation and Superior Customer Experiences
  7. Shadow IT = Business IT
  8. Manufacturing Returns to the US
  9. Leadership
  10. Open Source
1.     Mobility Plus

It is time to go beyond MDM, calendaring and basic enterprise apps. Now is the time for enterprise mobility to break through with creativity, context and the use of AI (artificial intelligence). Think apps that treat employees like consumers, on campus, incorporating the latest in consumer technology, for business use.

2.     Cloud Plus
How many clouds does your team work on? 1, 2, 3. How about 8. Yes that's the average per a VMware study earlier this year from the Economist Intelligence Unit. The coming era is one of multiple clouds - that leads to a hybrid cloud environment. The magic bullet will be to manage, network, orchestrate and secure across several pubic clouds and your own private cloud.

3.     IoT
The Internet of Things wave will go from quaint and neat, gaining powerful capabilities via machine learning and AI. It will unfortunately also become a big headache for IT due to the rise in security incidents and breaches. The wise will build security into their IoT architecture from the start. (And please let's change our device passwords from "admin"). Nonetheless, IoT's momentum is unstoppable and will only accelerate.

4.     Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers
Blockchain is a digital ledger of transactions shared among a distributed network of computers with trust hard-coded into the platform. This technology is gaining traction because of the potential to transform key parts of our economy through new fraud-proof, crowd-sourced, and open trusted mechanisms. Financial institutions will break away from other industries as they welcome blockchains into their systems. This technology also holds potential to securing IoT systems in the future.

5.     Uberization of IT
The gig economy will spread to IT resulting in the "Uber"-ization of IT. This will take hold with an increasing number of IT professionals, even those with full-time employment handling project-based work, moonlighting on the side, like some cops do these days.

6.     IT-driven Innovation and Superior Customer Experiences
In 2017, I in IT will stand for Innovation in more ways than ever before. Across enterprises IT is innovating in core areas and IT's impact on digital business re-design will accelerate. IT is often the first customer for these innovations so they are best positioned to optimize the customer experience. To date, the progress was incremental but I expect it will become much more significant 2017 onwards, as the low hanging fruit has been consumed. Time to up our game.

7.     Shadow IT = Business IT
Related to # 6 above, the shame of "shadow" IT will give way not just to acceptance but to the encouragement of business-driven IT initiatives. Companies will do well to wholeheartedly embrace and incubate them. These initiatives and the people behind them are the stars of tomorrow.

8.     Manufacturing Returns to the US
Technological innovation will continue to see the return of manufacturing to the US. Factors such as the rising cost of manufacturing overseas coupled with a desire to produce goods near potential consumers are the drivers. This new wave of manufacturing will offer highly skilled jobs, which may not replace the jobs lost in earlier outsourcing cycles. They will be geared towards knowledge workers and will require critical thinking, math and technical skills.  Reasons for the move will be low cost (yes!), access to knowledge and innovation, and the attractiveness of automation and government policy. Areas that are leading the way are electric car manufacturing where there are already more than 30 companies producing in the US in 2016 and IoT manufacturing which will ramp up next year.

9.     Leadership
The career path in IT from operators to CIO and beyond will become more formally defined and established. IT practitioners who aspire to become future CIOs will have a clearer career growth path including mentorship, certifications and accomplishments. Furthermore, we will start seeing more CIOs be viewed as competitive candidates for CEO roles, especially in technology companies or those companies ready to be digitally transformed.

10.  Open Source
The importance of Open Source will continue to rise as it becomes a significant component of mainstream enterprise business models. Combine this with the rising power of developers and the application economy and you get an irreversible trend and unstoppable force. Open source is a driver of innovation and very much in tune with today's enterprise needs for the latest features, interoperability, agility, and accelerated time to market. It is also aligned with societal trends around sharing and crowdsourcing. It's time has come. Already a key element of developer toolsets, operating systems and databases, Open Source will continue its expansion to the Cloud.


About the Author

Bask Iyer, Chief Information Officer and General Manager, IoT 

Bask Iyer joined VMware in March 2015 and serves as the company's senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO). Iyer leads VMware's global information and technology organization, a group that manages critical technology systems supporting the company's worldwide business operations. In July 2016, Bask added the responsibility of general manager, IoT. In this role, he will drive the company's IoT strategy and business innovations in this emerging area.

A respected industry veteran, Iyer brings more than 25 years of experience in executing and driving change in traditional Fortune 100 manufacturing companies and Silicon Valley-based high technology firms. Prior to joining VMware, Iyer served as senior vice president and chief information officer at Juniper Networks, where he was responsible for the company's technology and business operations, which included critical services around business transformation, global business services, IT and real estate, and workplace services. Before joining Juniper Networks, he served as chief information officer at Honeywell, and chief information officer at GlaxoSmithKline Beecham for consumer healthcare research and development, where he was also the company's e-commerce leader. Iyer holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Annamalai University in India and a master's degree in computer science from Florida Institute of Technology.

Bask Iyer 

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