If the somewhat tepid predictions for technology investments has you feeling a bit gloomy about expansion in the coming year, it’s important to look at the numbers within the numbers to find the real bright spots in IT. To hear analysts tell it, even in these lackluster times, there’s few better opportunities out there right now than those afforded by the growing areas of analytics, Big Data, mobility, collaboration and cloud.
Enterprises are inexorably drawn to storage and backup, two technologies that work in tandem to guarantee all of a business’s mission-critical, archived and unstructured data is properly saved and standing at-the-ready when needed. The obvious benefits of business continuity and disaster recovery notwithstanding, the main drawback to these systems is that the data contained within them lies largely fallow and unproductive.
If there was any lingering doubt that cloud computing and “as-a-service” solutions are reshaping both the technologies and the markets that constitute IT in the modern age, consider these heady numbers. Fueled by meteoric demand for cloud services and hosted applications, worldwide spending for IT services is expected to top $250 billion this year, a 2 percent hike over last year’s already impressive numbers, according to the IT research firm Gartner Inc.