It’s December—time for looking back at the year just finished. 2014 was a big year for us at Accellion. We introduced our kiteworks platform and saw our secure mobile solutions adopted by leading enterprises in markets as diverse as healthcare, finance, retail, law, government, and education.
Of course, December is also an excellent time for looking ahead and making predictions. From our conversations with customers, analysts, and other IT experts, we’ve put together a list of 10 predictions for 2015 in four areas of IT all related to enterprise-scale mobility: mobile computing, cloud services, wearable technology, and security.
We’re going to split this list into two parts. Here’s Part I.
In 2015, enterprises will place more emphasis on meeting the needs of mobile users; in fact, we predict that 2015 will be the year of the enterprise mobile application.
The IBM/Apple partnership and HP’s push into the mobility market illustrate just how large this market can be. So far the apps created for enterprise use have mostly been a mobile skin on existing desktop solutions. In 2015, enterprises will be looking to develop new, native applications that take true advantage of the form factor of mobile devices and other unique mobile features to create streamlined business processes and anywhere, anytime solutions. Simply put, 2015 will see the transition from “computing while mobile” to “mobile computing.”
2015 will begin the downward spiral of the public cloud hype cycle. We’re heading for the trough already. If you want to get a sense of what’s behind this disaffection, just look at all the security breaches that have occurred recently – the most prominent public cloud companies who have promised more security are still having issues keeping customer data secure. Hype over the dominance of the public cloud will reach bottom as enterprises realize that they may need some combination of public and private cloud solutions in order to control and secure their data effectively.
We’ve seen this change of attitude with GE. Despite claims by some groups that the company will go ‘all in’ on the public cloud, the security teams have stated that certain compliance or infrastructure issues mean that certain data will still remain "private" and reside behind the firewall.
Surveys, like this one from the Enterprise Strategy Group, show that enterprises are coming to strongly prefer private-cloud and hybrid-cloud options, especially for critical services like content storage.
We’ll post Part II in a few days.