During the past few years, IT has seen several major paradigm shifts in technology. These shifts have been primarily in the areas of cloud computing, big data, mobility and the Internet of Things. Moving forward, the convergence of these four areas will create a new “platform” for enterprises to develop new business and mission capabilities. These capabilities will enable a more integrated view of IT architecture.
Let’s explore the shifts toward this new platform by taking a closer look at the role each of these technologies will play in greater detail. First, cloud computing will be the dominant technology-consumption model. Cloud services are becoming ubiquitous and will be more integrated into all business processes. Second, the proliferation of mobile devices will lead to a mobile consumption of cloud services. With added capabilities and functions, mobile devices will be the dominant source of machine-to-machine generated data. Third, big data analytics and the growth of data, mostly unstructured or semistructured, will dwarf the current data sets that we manage in our enterprises and personal lives. The challenge and opportunity will be to not only store this data, but also capture, analyze and manage it to extract meaningful value. Fourth, although the shift to Internet of Things (IoT) is still in its infancy, as more and more objects, sensors, devices and control systems connect and interact on the network, new and undiscovered value will be achieved by enterprises. IoT will also become a dominant source of machine-generated data. As these four technologies evolve and converge, more opportunities are created delivering greater control over, access to and understanding of data. Imagine the possibilities that could be realized via this new converged platform. Here are some potential use cases of this converged platform. The new platform could help optimize supply chains, deriving new value from existing systems based on sensors, real-time data analytics and mobile devices acting as interface and interaction points. First responders could have improved capabilities enabled by new services and greater visibility into emergency situations as a result of the integration of mobile devices and machine-to-machine generated data. Health care services could be enhanced as patients and providers are better able to interact with data and devices, and a mobility-driven approach is employed. Warfighters could benefit from new mission capabilities created by providing real-time network analytics that increase situational awareness. This new platform will be a highly networked and technology-immersed environment. The platform will drive business objectives and public sector missions at an increasingly accelerated pace, and employ never-before-seen capabilities. The key takeaway is to look for ways to create and leverage existing opportunities of intersection in the areas of cloud computing, mobility, big data and the Internet of Things. It is at those intersections that the next generation of capabilities will be found.
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