In an increasingly competitive marketplace, the drive to increase productivity and efficiency is changing how organisations meet their evolving IT needs. Paul Timms, Managing Director at MCSA, explores the five technology trends that are transforming data management.
A collaborative approach
Businesses are continuing to move away from traditional top down IT structures with hierarchical governance to modernise their data environment. To maintain a competitive edge, organisations are embracing multiple ways of working choosing to adopt a smarter and more consultative approach. Companies are inviting those on the ground to contribute to how best they can work and are taking a step back from dictating what tools and apps staff should be using.
Bring your own device (BYOD)
As this more flexible approach gains traction, bring your own device (BYOD) is reaching maturity and organisations are benefitting from increased staff productivity and reduced hardware costs.
Robust and effective data security measures are, of course, imperative in this increasingly multi-device environment. With large scale enterprise providers such as vmware’s Airwatch and Microsoft’s Intune now available, there are viable solutions for IT departments to secure and manage devices and data.
As an organisation’s IT infrastructure becomes ever more diverse, outsourcing is growing in popularity to enable a business to get the best from its technology. Organisations are outsourcing data management functions to streamline their operations and reduce their costs. GDPR has put data retention, access, confidentiality and security in the spotlight – building in security, resilience and disaster recovery is all part of a data management solution.
With the increase of cyber-crime and data security high on the agenda, MSPs offer round the clock monitoring of services to ensure any issues are dealt with rapidly and to keep everything running smoothly.
New data storage options
The advent of cloud and a host of new technologies is changing the way organisations approach data storage. These include:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
- Hybrid solutions
- Tiered storage solutions
- In-built storage
- Software Defined Storage (SDS)
As a service offerings
IT service providers are expanding the number of ‘as a service’ offerings and it’s now commonplace for organisations to spread some IT costs via monthly subscriptions. Organisations are increasingly choosing to manage their data storage requirements on this basis.
Flexible capacity storage options such as IaaS and Storage as a Service (SaaS) are enabling organisations to move away from capex investment to models whereby they pay for the storage consumed on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. This enables organisations to scale up and down within a business landscape that is ever-changing.
Similarly, opex leasing allowing customers to spread the cost of their storage over its life. These options are allowing businesses data sovereignty, while also offering a choice of hardware and management software.
To talk through the options available and how MCSA can help you meet your data management needs, please get in touch on 01628 810 977 or contact us here