Top Seven Priorities for IT in 2015

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Trend #4: Organizations will limit their control of employee-owned devices.

In 2015, we will start to see a widespread shift in organizations where they limit their control over employees’ personal devices to solely the corporate information and data on those devices. Currently, the majority of BYOD security solutions access everything that is on an employee’s personal cell phone or tablet – including pictures, applications and email – allowing them to completely wipe the device to protect corporate data if needed.

Crucial to the long-term success of BYOD, this shift will bring the ability for an organization’s IT department to solely monitor and control corporate data downloaded onto an employee’s device with no access to personal material on that device. With an organization’s access to employees’ personal devices limited to securing and wiping corporate data, BYOD will become increasingly popular.

This is a paramount shift that has been demanded by employees. A major indicator of the viability of this market need is demonstrated by the inclusion of enterprise data protection solutions, as in Windows 10. After the Windows 8 debacle, Microsoft has listened to its users and is implementing controls to secure corporate data individually from personal data on a user’s personal device.

While 2014 was the year of security concerns following the Windows XP migration (which saw nearly 30 percent of organizations still using the OS after its end-of-life), 2015 is shaping up to have a similar focus on security given the flurry of massive data breaches in recent months. IT security will continue to be top of mind for companies of all sizes.

Virtualization will be another major focus for 2015, as IT departments will need to embrace BYOPC and BYOD in a way that doesn’t jeopardize the organization’s security. While last year was a big year for the virtualization market, this sector is yet again poised for changes in 2015 as growing BYOD demand continues to push IT departments to evolve their positioning and policies to satisfy employees. Virtualization technology is finally beginning to reach its maturity, and we look forward to the launch of Windows 10 and further development of the virtualization software industry.

Drawing on his team’s expertise in IT efficiency, Ambareesh Kulkarni, VP, 1E Professional Services, highlights the seven critical considerations for IT professionals who are looking to optimize their operations in 2015 to ensure a secure and efficient enterprise.

 

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