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WANdisco 2019 Predictions: Data Tech Gets Realistic

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

Contributed by David Richards, Chairman, President, CEO & Co-Founder, WANdisco

Data Tech Gets Realistic

In 2018, the tech scene boasted extensively and, as it turns out, prematurely, about the potential of revolutionary technologies like blockchain and AI to finally deliver us into the future. With the hindsight of the real-world applications of these technologies, however, 2019 will take on a more realistic approach to the infrastructure needed to make those lofty ambitions happen.

We'll question the viability of blockchain

More enterprises looking to handle their workload will move past the idea of blockchain in its earlier iterations. Because the two predominant blockchains, Hyperledger and Microsoft's Ethereum, do not prove to be scaleable due to their centralized cores, we'll be seeing more innovative solutions.

We'll talk more about data and less about "AI"

Many in the data community question if AI, as it's currently branded, even exists yet. Many argue that, at least in the coming future, it will remain a niche technology as long as data technology, its fundamental infrastructure, remains under construction. Enterprises will need to unify their strategy on everything from hybrid data management to data application before leveraging it for products like self-driving cars or assistive robots.

Cloud will be all about migration and multi

Rather than advocating for large companies to be present on every public cloud, the cloud engineering community is advocating for a more individualized multi-cloud strategy with the simpler aim of reducing dependency on a single cloud. The capability to migrate vast amounts of data remains a daunting task, as will be the need for multi-cluster solutions that will allow businesses to move data from data center to data center.

Social media will (finally) be subject to regulation

With all the controversy surrounding Facebook and social media companies farming and selling personal data to third parties, the data world will finally need to get more serious about data security and privacy in order to retain their customers.

Make no mistake: the potential for AI, blockchain and other technologies that trended in 2018 is huge, however, there's much to be said about being realistic. 2019 will be a year when companies take a hard look at the work that needs to be done to fully realize these technologies and the benefits they can deliver.


About the Author

David Richards 

DAVID RICHARDS - Chairman, President, CEO & Co-Founder

Since co-founding WANDisco in Silicon Valley in 2005, David has led the company to rapid international expansion, opening offices in the UK, Japan and China. David spearheaded WANdisco to a successful listing on London Stock Exchange (WAND:LSE) and shortly afterward brought about the acquisition of AltoStor, which accelerated the development of WANdisco's first products for the big data market. David holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Huddersfield. In 2017, David was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University in recognition of him being a champion of British technology and a passionate advocate of entrepreneurship.
Published Tuesday, January 29, 2019 7:14 AM by David Marshall
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