[London – 17 December 2015] 2016 will be a difficult year to call for the European IT businesses – any of the usual linear progress in the IT industry in 2015 as a result of more powerful technologies was distorted by special factors such as cloud, security and the economic situation and its impact on dollar/euro pricing.Talking to experts in European IT, IT Europa has compiled a unique 18-page report which is aimed at those
With Software-Defined-Everything (SDE) storming across the industry, companies, already under the hammer from customer’s existing demands, will find key resources in short supply. Performance, security and staff recruitment and retention are identified as the three main headaches for the IT industry in 2016.
Some key predictions:
As economies recover, IT spending will rise, but this may get diverted into aspects regarded as essential such as security.
Security issues will make headline news, so expect customers’ concerns to continue.
EU legislation is moving at a snail’s pace; we don’t hold out much hope for change
Channels will consolidate – driven by the need to raise capital to invest, lack of available skills, plus the wall of new money looking for a home through IPOs etc.
Expect distribution to continue to expand its portfolios, especially in security, while fulfilling its role of recruitment and providing cloud management and contracts.
Big Data will start to affect everyone, not just the obvious big data users and vendors; there is a real shortage of expertise here, however
Watch for smaller IoT projects: While large transformative Internet of Things (IoT) projects grab headlines, an increasing number of IoT projects are smaller in scale, less expensive and less risky, says TBR. Wearables might finally come through as part of IoT.
Analytics and big data will drive the market: Today, only 1% of all apps use cognitive services; by 2018, half will, say researchers. Essentially, analytics will be embedded in every application, used to facilitate functionality or convenience.
Predictive Analytics will be big, but means high demand for IT-based business specialists able to define the rules which can encode the models
Software-defined everything means hardware continues to be standardised, especially in data centres, while software creation, APIs, embedded systems and mobile will set the pace. For an update on the situation among Europe’s software businesses and who is winning this race, attend the European Software and Solutions Summit 2016 in April in London –www.EUSSS.com.
As a result of software-defined everything and the enterprise move to the cloud, Managed Services will become the accepted model for many businesses and organisations. Who best provides these, with which management tools and administration, is a question that will remain open in 2016. For some of the answers sign up for Managed Services and Hosting Summit 2016, in London in September – www.mshsummit.com.
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