Top Tech Trends for 2017
The year is winding down, and you’re most likely looking forward to spending the holidays with your family. At Globalscape we’re spending a lot of time thinking about IT trends and how we can build products that will help our customers tackle the growing business needs of tomorrow. With that, Matt Goulet, President and CEO of Globalscape; Peter Merkulov, Vice President of Product Management and Strategic Alliances; and Greg Hoffer, Vice President of Engineering, took some time to share their predictions for 2017 technology issues and the managed file transfer (MFT) industry.
The Rise of the Cloud Will Continue
Companies will continue to move their workloads to the cloud. The question is, how will they do it? Last year we saw Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) growing faster than Software as a Service (SaaS) products and this trend will likely continue. This is primarily driven by executive mandates to get ahead of the curve and move infrastructure or applications to the cloud, however organizational alignment will prevent companies from developing a truly native cloud solution. Some organizations will be forced to pursue a “lift-and-shift” migration model where applications will be moved from their current, non-Cloud location to a Cloud provider. Because of this, IaaS will continue to be the approach for all the applications that don’t have a SaaS replacement ready
While the world waits to see what the cloud will offer the enterprise, we’re turning discussion into action at Globalscape. We’ve spent a lot of time listening to our customers and the market at large and we’re going to continue to adapt our MFT platform to meet the needs of customers looking to move their file transfer infrastructure to the cloud.
Finding and Hiring the Right Talent Will Become More of a Challenge
It seems like the tech industry is in a never ending struggle to attract and retain top talent. Talented developers ensure that companies keep pace with the ever-shifting competitive landscape and the emerging requirements of customers. With the rate at which companies like Amazon, Microsoft and others are innovating in IaaS and Platform as a Service (PaaS), the skillset to develop applications for cloud platforms will be incredibly valuable.
According to IDC, there’s 50 percent gap between where IT workers’ skills are today and where companies want them to be in two years. Skillsets built around DevOps, mobile development, virtualization and containerization will be in high demand; organizations who fail to recruit with these functions in mind will have difficulty keeping up with the market.
Battling the Brave New World of the Internet of Things (IoT)
This year, there were several high-profile incidents that exposed the much talked about (and, to some degree, ignored) vulnerabilities of IoT devices on the market today. One of the obvious knowns is that devices are being sold and integrated with extremely poor internal security controls, including no or easily defeated default passwords, outdated security libraries, and difficulty in managing patches. That fact alone should scare the wits out of any CIO or CISO.
The economics of this connected device market is driving many of these security challenges. What is transpiring with IoT is another example of how the rush to market can cloud judgment when it comes to security. Device developers want to establish a foothold in a new market or capitalize on an emerging trend, and secure development practices are not a significant portion of this process.
Additionally, price competition can easily lead to shortcuts in manufacturing and supply chain insecurities; cheap and/or untrusted software development (both application and Operating System for IoT device); and even using cheap hardware that doesn't have the proper compute, memory, or power capabilities to engage in appropriate levels of security. We need to learn from recent events, such as the rise of cloud computing, and begin to prepare for the security implications out of the gate rather than deal with the incidents that come along with the learning curve.
While these are just our predictions, likely they will be challenges or issues that organizations will need to address in the coming year. The true winners of 2017 will be those who seize the opportunities and create innovative solutions to these problems and continue to build on this competitive advantage in following years.
Globalscape intends to meet these challenges head-on and continue to innovate—as we have done for the past 20 years.