Straight out of the gate, the obvious thing on everyone’s mind is the office work scenario. It is time to recognize that there are some coworkers you might not see in the office again (or meet in person in the first place). However, at some point the office will evolve and reintegrate into a case-based hybrid model. There is no substitute for in-person interactions in certain situations, such as brainstorming sessions, onboarding new employees, or call center operations.
Business will still be learning how to navigate this hybrid work scenario for months to come. Among the challenges that are still in the works is the handling of data. Across a variety of endpoints and remote work locations, securing data, access by design, compliance audit capabilities, and privacy issues represent just some of the issues that many organizations never had to consider before. Many will continue to wrestle with these issues while others benefit from around-the-clock hybridized managed security services to help build, track, and monitor where and when a company’s data is being accessed.
While concerns are high, the non-action by executives will only continue to fuel cybercriminals rendering the threat an existential threat to business continuity. Cybercriminals are akin to the pirates and highway robbers of yesteryears, impeding commerce. Cybersecurity will continue to rise in prominence, and company boards will get more active in demanding compliant security postures from their C-Levels.
Breakups attract so much more attention when they are perceived to be sudden or unexpected. Those that have witnessed this industry however have seen this movie before. Under increased scrutiny, the feelings of invincibility of Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, and others will quickly become a cry for forgiveness. Big names are going to change, along with some consolidation along the way, but the big focus will shift from just big-tech censorship to the anti-competitive nature of tech giants where highly competent startups get rolled up or bought, only to be shelved and dismantled.
The cloud continues to move towards a code-first open network architecture as the traditional solution stack fades into the background. This next year will be the year where infrastructure-as-code becomes the big difference maker. You are probably familiar with terms such as DevOps, CloudOps, and countless other code-focused principles. Ultimately, the match between these practices and your ultimate cloud experience varies by no shortage of factors, including the capability of your organization, the evolutionary pace of your core applications, security factors, analytics, the need for compliance, and more.
Do not sleep on code. Don’t even blink because the dawn of infrastructure code and managed services combined are only now hitting the industry and its challenges. More software than ever is being pushed right now and the pressure to accelerate these efforts has only increased due to Covid-19 conditions. Code and infrastructure-as-code are helping CIOs reimagine the bottom line in a world where automation is everything and collaboration is critical to continuously improving environments, business results, and the user experience.
The world changed in 2020, and we now have implications of remote work to deal with, along with an expansive future of opportunities. More people are moving out of cities while 5G is beginning to hit an early stride. Pair that with Edge computing, and things are ripe for something amazing.
It is early in the game, but there is a real possibility that in specific corporate scenarios, 5G will replace Wi-fi. Corporate connections over privately deployed 5G means continuous connection as well as simplified and improved security. Company-owned endpoints can be more secure, redefining Internet of Things (IoT) devices and pushing the computing edge further into new realms. Considering the amount of remote offices and facilities that consume bare internet services, once affordable and made available, the 5G-connected private web will begin a wave of internet subscription disruptions in markets across the country.