The first in a series of 2014 information management predictions from our resident industry experts, we asked the executive team at C2C Systems to provide their top predictions for enterprise information and email management in 2014.
Dave Hunt's 2014 Information Management Predictions
1. Organizations will begin to realize the scale of the PST problem.
The need to discover and manage the millions of emails, stored blind to central IT departments on around half of all desktops and laptops will strike home to senior IT management. This will be driven by awareness of the corporate risk, or by projects such as BYOD, VDI, Desktop refreshes, Exchange and Office 365 migrations. The cost and complexity of recovering hundreds of terabytes of data will be a major challenge to these organizations.
2. Information Governance and Information Management will gain importance
Information Governance as the concept and implementation of processes through Information Management will appeal to more Fortune 1000 companies. The smaller and mid-size enterprise market will continue to buy tactical solutions to their information management problems. The fortunate ones with vision will identify that information management solutions can solve multiple problems rather than just a single project, thus realizing a far better ROI and meeting longer term IT needs.
3. Cloud Solutions
We will see more companies looking to utilize multiple cloud solutions. They will identify solutions for specific purposes and even seek solutions that are cloud agnostic. There will be a challenge of switching cloud vendors, and the realization that with many of the solutions it is much easier to get the data in, than out. The ramifications of prying eyes will continue and this will drive organizations to hybrid strategies, locating critical and sensitive data in secure on-premise locations.
4. Licensing Models
Software licensing models will continue to evolve. One time license fee with maintenance will continue, but companies will look for alternatives. The options of SaaS, PaaS, rental, will continue and probably become more complex giving organizations more options and causing more headaches in managing the different models. The revolution of early 1980’s will come full circle!
MORE ABOUT DAVE HUNT
Prior to C2C, Dave set up and managed a strategic IT marketing consultancy firm focusing on business development and specialist technologies of PC/Unix integration and messaging systems. The company went on to become the first hi-tech centric marketing company to be recognized by the UK Government’s Department of Trade and Industry under the Marketing Initiative award scheme. Dave has also held senior positions within ICL and Datapoint.
Educated at Sheffield University (mathematics), Dave participated as a thought leader for the European Electronic Messaging Association throughout the 80′s and 90′s and consulted in how to help IT managers solve their email issues.