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EDB 2021 Predictions: Data and IT Business Trends for 2021

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Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2021.  Read them in this 13th annual series exclusive.

Data and IT Business Trends for 2021

By Marc Linster, Chief Technology Officer at EDB

Increased adoption of open source technologies will only continue as IT departments seek out more cost-effective and secure solutions. Here are more trends to watch in 2021:

Businesses will rely on migration factories and open source to make the shift to cloud

The pandemic forced many organizations to make a sudden, dramatic shift to working remotely, which increased the urgency of adopting cloud technologies. Gone are the days of using open source for new applications only. Today, organizations are looking at large-scale migrations of data centers and moving their proprietary software to open source in the cloud. In 2021, we'll see even more businesses adopt "migration factories," which standardize all the activities and tools needed to take thousands of applications developed on proprietary technology and move them into open source. 

Container adoption will continue, creating more innovation 

While IDC originally predicted that 70% of new applications will be deployed in containers by 2024, the COVID pandemic has accelerated this so much so that it is likely that containers will hit this benchmark by 2022. Because containers allow companies to be more fluid, adaptable, and scalable, we'll see rapid adoption by enterprises and SMBs - which in turn will lead to greater innovation. We also expect database deployments to leverage Kubernetes, initially driven by increased adoption of DevOps, but also by the desire to use containers to implement advanced architectures, such as management of multi-tenancy in a noisy-neighbor environment.  

Low code/no-code trend will continue to grow

COVID-19 spurred many businesses to rethink their operations, with speed being critical. We saw this with the low code/no-code movement. Low code allows developers and non-developers to go faster while providing an easier interface to achieve higher levels of abstraction. This trend will continue beyond the pandemic, creating shifts in the organization where capabilities and responsibilities for working with data move from specialty IT to the business. Simple data manipulation tools, like Excel, have become foundational for knowledge workers. Similarly, low code/no-code tools will give them direct access to data stored in databases and allow for much more powerful data management.


About the Author

marc linster 

Marc Linster, Ph.D., is EDB’s Chief Technology Officer, where he focuses on technical direction, thought leadership, and key technology trends to drive growth. Marc is committed to EDB being an innovation accelerator, providing architectural “know-how” to help customers take advantage of PostgreSQL and understand the art of the possible. Marc believes that open source is a key driver for digital transformation, and that customers greatly benefit when they partner with a company that can provide guidance, support, and bug fixes.
Marc has an extensive background in engineering, technology and consulting with over 20 years of management experience. Before joining EDB, he spent four years at Polycom, the leading maker of video communications equipment, where he was a Senior Director, Engineering for Cloud and Hosted Solutions. Before Polycom, Marc was Co-founder and President of TriPoint Interactive, a global supply chain consulting and systems integration company. He spent six years at Avicon Group, first as CTO and then as Vice President of Operations. Marc holds a Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat) in Computer Sciences from the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany.

Published Friday, January 08, 2021 7:35 AM by David Marshall
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