A new year often means new opportunities and 2016 is full of them. Here are a few of the biggest IT trends to look for this year and how your business can benefit:
The Cloud is Going to Get Bigger and Cheaper
Between 2010 and 2015, cloud adoption soared. As advancements in technology made the cloud more accessible (and more affordable), a major shift occurred where cloud computing was no longer something solely available to enterprise-level companies. Even though the cloud is huge and it seems to be almost omnipresent, it is actually going to get even bigger this year.
In 2016 one of two things will happen. More businesses will make the switch from on premise hardware and networks to robust cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure. Or they will make the switch from desktop workplace productivity applications to cloud-based subscriptions like Microsoft Office 365 or Google Apps for Work. Moving to the cloud allows for better cost-efficiency, inherent backups of data, and support for a mobile work force that may conduct work at the office, from home, or on the go.
Evaluate whether your company is in need of a full infrastructure migration to the cloud or if making the switch to a cloud office suite is just the competitive edge you need to streamline operations, improve efficiency, and support collaboration among employees. If you need help on making these decisions, we’re here to help!
Cybersecurity Will Be Front and Center
2016 is also a time to review your company’s current security protocols. Businesses will be looking into all-inclusive antivirus and antimalware protection solutions that do more than just protecting a desktop workstation. Cybercrime is on the rise and 2015 had many high-profile security breaches in which millions of personal records and other sensitive information were compromised. To avoid a repeat of last year, businesses need to evaluate how secure their IT environments are.
Does your company have adequate firewall protection for its servers and networks? Do you have strong credential management to make sure unauthorized users don’t gain access to your network? Does your BYOD policy have requirements for securing personal devices that are used for work purposes? These are all very important questions that your business should consider to stay proactively protected from cybercrime, which, will only get bigger and meaner in 2016.
Newer, Faster, Better Software
Windows Server 2016 will finally be released this year! Even though the current version of Microsoft’s industry-leading server operating software (Windows Server 2012 R2) offers plenty of great options, Windows Server 2016 is designed for enhanced efficiency and support for private and public cloud options. Businesses will also have the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10. A free upgrade is available for most users who are running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 through July 2016. It is important to note though that enterprise level licenses have a different upgrade process. Either way, 2016 is the year to upgrade your current software to new releases.