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Enterprise Software 2015: Mobility, Cloud and Open Source

By Dick Weisinger

The economy is looking up mean that business budgets will likely see healthy growth in the new year.  Forrester is predicting 4 to 6 percent growth for 2015 global IT budgets, reaching $620 billion.  Much of the growth in spending will go towards technology like analytics, mobile, as-a-service, and enterprise applications like ERP and CRM.  The US will lead IT spending, followed by India and the UK.

What trends can we expect to see in Enterprise IT in 2015?

Mobile  – DataArt Shares predicts that mobile-only or mobile-first policies will begin to win out in many businesses in 2015.  The report notes that “this shift means that companies will need to boost their investments in improving user experience (UX) and simplification, which can make or break user interfacing on mobile devices. In a landscape where it’s easy for consumersto switch to more user-friendly mobile brands, companies will no longer be able to simply port their Web sites to mobile anymore, meaning UX investments will be key for companies looking to remain relevant.”

Hybrid Cloud – The hybrid cloud model offers businesses flexibility in managing where data resides, on-premise or remote.  Marc Malizia, CTO of RKON Technologies, said that “the cloud has been a hot topic for a number of years, with companies moving applications to the cloud for speed to execution, lower costs, higher level of service and/or preservation of capital.  As we move into 2015, we are going to see a continued increase in organizations shifting to some form of the cloud. Most will adopt a hybrid model, mixing cloud provider services with their in-house cloud computing platform.”

Subscription Pricing – Engin Kirda, cofounder and chief architect, Lastline, said that “competitive pressures and new efficiencies will cause enterprise software pricing to continue to shift further toward subscription models.”

Open SourceAli Ghodsi, co-founder of Databricks, predicts that Open Source will continue to get support from businesses in 2015.  “The Hadoop-related ecosystem is projected to be $25 billion by 2020.  And Spark is now distributed by 10-plus vendors, including SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, and Teradata, with support for all major BI tools, including Tableau, Qlik and MicroStrategy.”


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