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Liaison Technologies 2017 Predictions: What's in Store for the Enterprise Cloud Ecosystem?

VMblog Predictions 2017

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

Contributed by Rob Consoli, Chief Revenue Officer, Liaison Technologies

What's in Store for the Enterprise Cloud Ecosystem?

This is an incredibly exciting time for the enterprise cloud sector, driven by professionals who understand that data is the new business currency. Fortune 500 companies collect data using hundreds of apps, gleaning information from a variety of sources, including social media.

Turning this torrent of data (that arrives in a variety of disparate formats from a multitude of apps) into actionable insights is the challenge now, and will continue to be the key to unlocking innovation in 2017 and beyond. Integration and data management operations tax enterprise infrastructure and resources, and IT and data professionals need a new way forward. These five trends will emerge as they grapple with this challenge:

1.       App-centric operations will become data-centric: Enterprises currently deploy hundreds of apps that produce an influx of data in a range of formats. Now they're realizing that they need a better way to integrate and manage this disparate data in order to work with the data as a whole, rather than as discrete application artifacts. When they find that solution and take the next step, they'll be transformed from app-centric to data-centric enterprises.

2.      Enterprises will discover new ways to handle labor-intensive integration tasks: According to Gartner, the world's leading information technology research and advisory company, through 2018, 90% of organizations will lack a postmodern application integration strategy. To combat this, enterprises will increasingly outsource integration and data management and refocus internal resources on more strategic tasks.

3.       Synergy between integration and data management will accelerate insights: Enterprises will increasingly see the value of synergies established by deploying a single integration and data management solution. Synergies between integration and data management will eliminate operational redundancies, improve governance, allow the enterprise to tackle more advanced data use cases, and accelerate insights.

4.       Enterprises will find a bridge to the cloud: Many enterprises are still using legacy middleware systems that predate the cloud. Over the years, they've invested tens of millions of dollars in these systems, which handle vital functions. In 2017, expect these enterprises to seek solutions that preserve the investments they've made in legacy systems while providing a bridge to the cloud.

5.       iPaaS will evolve. iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service), despite a recent surge in adoption for those needing to supplement their on-premises middleware with cloud integration capabilities, will not stand the test of time. It will need to mature in ways that offer enterprises improved compliance, data management, governance, and integration capabilities beyond tedious point-to-point solutions. Expect new market players or existing companies (such as Liaison) to improve upon iPaaS to better meet the needs of a rapidly changing market.

If there's one common theme among these trends, it's the increasing consolidation of data and the operations performed on data. Over the past decade, enterprises have struggled to capture the value of exponentially increasing volumes of data with piecemeal solutions. As the enterprise cloud ecosystem evolves in 2017 and beyond, look for enterprise leaders to choose solutions that take a more holistic approach to integration, data management, and data analysis in order to accelerate insights.

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About the Author 

As Chief Revenue Officer for Liaison Technologies, Rob Consoli is responsible for Liaison's overall revenue strategy which includes overseeing U.S. Sales and Global Marketing. Since joining the company in 2010, Rob has held various leadership roles in sales and marketing and has been instrumental in establishing Liaison as market leader. Prior to joining Liaison, Rob held key sales leadership roles at I.D. Systems, Visiprise (acquired by SAP), Jacada, Forte Software, and Programming Research. Rob has Master of Engineering Management degree from SMU and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University.

Published Thursday, January 05, 2017 9:04 AM by David Marshall
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