Executive Viewpoint 2017 Prediction: Bluelock – Many CIOs Will Abandon the Idea of Owned Datacenters
As 2017 rolls in, we’ll begin to see CIOs spurn the process of managing their own datacenters. Businesses are realizing the time and effort day-to-day datacenter management takes, and they’re finding a solution with third-party vendors who can handle hosting and recovery environments on their behalf. With “keeping the lights on” tasks no longer a burden, in-house IT teams will have additional flexibility to focus on projects that provide more immediate value to the company, like driving mobility.
In turn, outsourcing mundane housekeeping tasks — such as disaster recovery testing and security — will support higher employee engagement and retention from in-house IT departments, as their responsibilities will become more personally and professionally rewarding on a regular basis. Now, these departments will move away from performing tasks for everyday upkeep, which are seldom noticed unless something goes wrong, to delivering on projects that are necessary for business innovation and securing a competitive place in the market. These third-party partnerships will also allow businesses to harness the full innovative power of their IT team, creating solutions that are far beyond what they could have when only a portion of the team contributed to these immediate-value projects.
This push to outsource everyday IT tasks will also drive cloud adoption to become more prominent in industries like legal and healthcare. While larger businesses will adopt cloud practices, small practices who previously may not have had the internal resources to support a cloud environment will also see the benefits of third-party providers. With the opportunity to move away from antiquated methods for data storage, these industries will embrace the cloud in order to keep up with the “always on” demands of many clients in this day and age, allowing them to compete with larger businesses through their consultative partnership with a third-party provider. These industries will also become more efficient, as cloud-based document management and data analysis through machine learning will become the new standard.
Another reason why CIOs will abandon owning datacenters is because of constant hardware churn. As technology advances innovation, current hardware quickly becomes outdated and requires replacement, forcing businesses to routinely renew their IT systems. By outsourcing cloud management to a third-party vendor, the time and costs associated with hardware refreshes are mitigated. As data moves to the cloud with third-party vendors, it enables businesses to become more mobile, stay competitive in the always-on environment and employ the newest technology.