A multitude of carefully laid technology plans were blown off course in 2020, driving IT investments in unforeseen directions — mostly toward accelerated digital transformation. While there is still much uncertainty about what 2021 and beyond hold in store, now is the time to get an understanding about what IT investment priorities are likely to be going forward.
2020 was the year when multi-cloud and hybrid cloud deployments moved from the margins to centre stage. There is little doubt that this year will see a consolidation of that trend as more enterprises wake up to the benefits of cloud-native application deployment. Hyperscalers will respond by facilitating migration towards edge compute. Edge computing will continue to break down the barriers between cloud and on-premise, with functions such as AI, security and WAN optimization delivered anywhere, at scale. While 5G had an uncertain time last year, it may yet emerge over the next 12 months as critical technology for next-generation enterprise applications. Don’t expect SD-WAN to get any less popular. But do look forward to a year when AI heads for the mainstream, enabling just about everything in the network and application ecosystem to function better. Finally, one of the big winners of 2020 was cybercrime. This is the year the hard lessons learned about holistic, end-to-end security will help enterprises fight back.
These are just some of the key market drivers that will be aired at the latest NetEvents inter@ctive roundtable, entitled Global Enterprise Customer Insights – An Analysis of IT Investment Priorities. Introduced and chaired by Jeremiah Caron, Global Head of Research & Analysis with independent consulting firm GlobalData, the session will feature brand new research on thousands of IT budget holders, and accompanying insights from a panel of industry experts. Don’t miss this one-off happening.
Analyst Chair: Jeremiah Caron, Global Head of Research & Analysis – Technology Group, GlobalData