Top Seven Priorities for IT in 2015

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Trend #7: VDI growth will remain stagnant

Estimates vary, but compared with the 700 million or so enterprise PCs in the world, most analysts put the number of VDI users worldwide at anywhere between 10 to 15 million (or approximately 2 percent of the workforce).With such a low market penetration and the entrance of more affordable, flexible and secure virtualization solutions in 2014, the outlook for VDI in 2015 is bleak. While the market for VDI will likely not decrease, it is only positioned for small, incremental growth as companies are shifting their focus to mobility solutions to meet user demand. As the market moves toward a focus on mobile data and information management, we will continue to stray from total mobile device management, making VDI an even less attractive option for workers.

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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