Posted on January 21, 2019
Technological revolution has impacted every aspect of daily life; you would be hard-pressed to find somebody that doesn’t have a smartphone or hasn’t heard about cloud computing or cybersecurity. These developments have changed the way we run our personal lives, but even more significantly the business world. Whilst technology has never stood still, the pace at which new technology is coming into play has grown exponentially. The tidal wave of change is so great that it is increasingly hard for businesses to stay on top of the latest changes.
So, what are the biggest challenges facing businesses and IT as we start in 2019?
Cyber-attacks have dominated headlines in recent years and businesses, no matter what their size, are at risk of a cyber-attack. It is a threat that is now incorporated into every business strategy. As well as making sure that your business is protected in the event of a cyber breach or attack protecting users’ data and managing secure access has also become a top priority. Businesses who fail to implement the security measures needed to avoid the latest malware and data breaches are at high risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime in 2019.
Finding the right talent to help you manage IT challenges, ongoing training and retaining highly specialised employees who understand your business has also become a big challenge. The demand for these new skill sets has grown at a faster rate than the talent pools, and the new modern IT department structure now spans from support and security to delivering continuous innovation and digital transformation business goals. Cybersecurity skills are in high demand and this will only continue to grow into 2019 as the threat of cybercrime continues to rise.
The cloud has had one of the greatest impacts on the way we work; the ability to retrieve information from any location has enabled flexible working arrangements and reduced the amount of infrastructure businesses need to hold in-house, amongst many other benefits. In global businesses employees need to have solid communication across teams and time zones. New tech tools such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, Trello and Zoom have enabled successful coordination and productivity.
Big Data is another area that has revolutionised the way in which we collect and analyse information. Whether that be smart manufacturing devices collecting data in a factory to improve their processes, or the NHS using smart devices to improve their medical service, the improvement of connected devices and smart objects have allowed businesses to collect so much more useful data than they used to. Businesses are more often than not relying on this data to make critical decisions that will help shape their future. Big Data is expected to get even bigger in 2019 as we see the continued growth of artificial intelligence and the wider adoption of the multi-cloud.
The continued advancement of technology is unprecedented and often referred to as a fourth industrial revolution. Whilst it is hard to keep up-to-date with the latest trends, there is no doubt that the changes we have seen in the last five years have fundamentally changed the way we work for the better. If businesses can keep up with the pace of change and evolve alongside technical advancement, in both business development and flexible workforces, the possibilities for growth could be vast.
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