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Digital marketing, mobility analytics, computing (SMAC) make their way into CIOs top 10 technology priorities in 2016. Given fast evolving technology landscape and increasing demand to keep pace with the disruptive changes, businesses today more than ever need to be aware of what technologies will take center stage in the future. And needless to say advantage goes to those that can respond to rapidly changing demands. The year 2015 saw the proliferation of SMAC (social, mobility, and analytics, computing) stack as one of the most disruptive trends in the IT world. The year 2015 was significant as SMAC made the transition from being an IT buzzword to a full-fledged digital enterprise strategy.
SMAC is going to be important in the year 2016, as a number of research reports including Gartner, Core Quadrant predict that organizations will increase their budget on SMAC. As Core Quadrant report suggests spending on SMAC like technologies is expected to touch $ 10 billion by 2020. With all these predictions, it's important to understand why SMAC makes sense for the business. Goes without saying that SMAC is going to play a major role in the 2016 and will also see Internet of Things (IoT as it is often known) and Big data getting added to the stack. Nexus of forces as Gartner rightly puts will define IT and probably will drive the next wave of digital disruption journey.
IoT is still in its nascent stage however it's important to know the significant impact it can have on business when it is stacked with SMAC. 2016 will see a new wave of digital innovative technologies that will set the ball rolling. Needless to say early adopters will reap the full benefits of this disruptive combination of technologies. Being the early adopter of SMAC stack technology will help organizations to extremely gain a competitive advantage over competitors.
DevOps Trends in 2016
DevOps saw a shift from being a niche strategy to a mainstream strategy in 2015. Needless to say 2016 is going to be the year of the DevOps with 25 percent of Global 2000 organizations getting ready to ride the DevOps wave. Enterprises that have already deployed DevOps would already know that DevOps is all about the people and culture over tools and processes being used, that said its implementation utilizes technology, according to Gartner.
The Gartner report suggests that the growth opportunities will come from DevOps tools, given that the technology that supports the DevOps Tool chain is expected to grow 21 percent worldwide. Need for DevOps technology is felt by the enterprises as it helps to improve overall performance, accelerate time to market and drive efficiencies in a stable environment.
In 2016 it is likely that apart from DevOps Toolchain, the focus will be on continuous improvement of the right processes and accurate information at the right time necessary to optimize value. IT organizations will look at things such as achieving scale-out and economies of scale. Businesses are becoming aware of the many gaps acting as barriers to the implementation of DevOps as a comprehensive methodology. Organizations aiming to scale agile will understand the need for DevOps initiatives.