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Veeam Software 2019 Predictions: Intelligent Data Management Will Drive Business Acceleration and Transformation

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2019.  Read them in this 11th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Dave Russell, VP of Enterprise Strategy, Veeam Software

Intelligent Data Management Will Drive Business Acceleration and Transformation

Data is critical for successful business operations and decision-making - we all know this from previous prediction pieces. However, 2019 will be when companies implement intelligent data management and use it their advantage for agility, business acceleration and digital transformation. When IT teams best manage data, they move from working in a vacuum to being fully aligned with the business' goals and having direct impact on future operations. CIOs are straddling the world of technology and business; therefore, effective data use is key to the success of maintaining this balance and driving digital transformation initiatives.

In the coming year, these are four main areas that will help CIOs and IT teams propel business acceleration through effective data use and management:

1.  Multi-cloud infrastructures: IT teams will accelerate the deployment of cloud in the coming year, and these implementations will become increasingly diversified across different platforms. By using the cloud environment best suited to the data, CIOs can optimize how information is managed and accessed by internal teams. Moving forward, more workloads will shift off-premises as businesses fully embrace multi-cloud infrastructures as a reality.

2.  Flash memory use: The shortage of flash memory, and the high cost of this technology will soon be a memory (pun intended!), and as a result, more enterprises will deploy it throughout the operational recovery tier. Flash memory use will allow enterprises to bring virtual machines online instantaneously for data and application recovery. Additionally, these devices allow IT teams to use backup data for patch testing, DevOps and other behind the scenes uses - all of which will impact the business positively and enable digital transformation.

3.  Predictive analytics: With growing and diverse environments and data stores, CIOs and their IT teams require detailed insight into where all the data lives and how it is being used. Predictive analysts, based on telemetry data, will become an essential process for implementing intelligent data management. It ensures continuous operations while reducing the administrative burden of keeping systems optimized - a vital capability as infrastructures becomes more complex and service level requirements become more stringent.

4.  Versatilist positions: We have heard about IT shortages for years, and when you combine this issue with the shift to off-premises infrastructures, IT teams will be made up more of versatilists then specialists. This is a new operating model and will assist CIOs in maintaining the balance between technology and business. Versatilists have a broader set of IT skills, experience in working with various business departments and higher awareness of business outcomes.

When these four IT trends combine, CIOs will be in excellent shape to implement an intelligent data management framework that will drive business acceleration and digital transformation in 2019.

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About the Author

Dave Russell 

Dave Russell VP Enterprise Strategy

A 28-year veteran in the storage industry, Russell recently joined Veeam as its new Vice President of Enterprise Strategy, responsible for driving strategic product and go-to-market programs, spearheading industry engagement and evangelizing Veeam’s vision for the Hyper-Available Enterprise at key events across the globe and working with the Executive Leadership team in accelerating the company’s growth in the enterprise.

Russell most recently held the role of Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner. His research focus at Gartner was on storage strategies and technologies, with an emphasis on backup/recovery, snapshot and replication, software-defined storage (SDS) and storage management. He was the lead author of the Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup & Recovery Solutions from 2006 to 2017. Prior to joining Gartner, Russell spent 15 years at IBM in storage product development as a Software Engineer in mainframe backup/recovery and as a manager of product development, architecture and strategy teams for distributed systems backup/recovery and storage solutions. 

Published Friday, January 11, 2019 8:01 AM by David Marshall
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