Top Predictions for Enterprise IT in 2014

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XP will cause significant security issues.

Windows XP is still the second most popular desktop OS in the world, and a significant number of enterprises will still be running it after Microsoft ends support in April 2014. Rolling out Windows 7/8 takes time and money, requiring infrastructure, bandwidth, and systems management resources. Development resources are needed to update, test, and certify critical line of business applications for Windows 7/8. Microsoft estimates it can take a company 18 to 32 months to plan and execute a Windows XP migration.

With Microsoft no longer publicly distributing patches to the software's vulnerabilities, cyber attackers will have an easier time victimizing organizations running Windows XP. Many antivirus software providers have said they plan to stop providing security for the product after April 8, 2014. Although the risks would appear to justify the costs, many companies will be exposed. The coming year will see a plethora of unfortunate headlines about data theft and other cyber attacks on companies who left the front door open in the form of Windows XP.

Adaptiva, an award-winning provider of IT efficiency and systems management solutions, recently announced their 2014 predictions for the enterprise IT and systems management industries. Over the last year, IT budgets saw modest growth following a very lean 2012, with managers becoming more resourceful and extensively leveraging emerging technologies to reduce expenses and increase efficiencies. Businesses are placing more demands on enterprise IT than ever before, and technologies need to evolve to satisfy these needs.

"New technologies are providing dramatic efficiency gains in many areas," said Deepak Kumar, chief technology officer and founder of Adaptiva. "However, some innovations have raised unrealistic expectations. IT is now finding the limits of those technologies, causing managers to scale back overarching plans. They will leverage new trends strategically, complementing traditional tools and methodologies instead of uprooting them."

Adaptiva predicts the following three trends will shape the enterprise IT landscape in 2014.


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