As organizations undertake digital transformation initiatives, cybersecurity concerns rise in significance. Digital transformation efforts often lead to the selection and implementation of new technology solutions, increasing the complexity of the computing environment and, therefore, increasing the attack surface of the organization. Cybersecurity professionals must remain at the top of their fields, keeping abreast of changing technologies. Certification programs provide IT leaders with an objective yardstick as they evaluate their teams’ existing skills and identify potential skill gaps.
This IDC FutureScape provides the top 10 predictions that will impact stakeholders in the urban ecosystem as regional and local government agencies look to modernize and transform IT systems, operational systems, and business processes. These predictions are designed to provide the strategic context to enable government leaders — from mayors and city managers to council members, CIOs, and innovation officers — to transform their organizations through the application of technology to real business challenges. This document encapsulates the IDC Smart Cities and Communities team’s collective understanding of major urban transitions and their impact on municipalities, counties, states, and regional organizations.
By 2020, over 90% of enterprises will use multiple cloud services and platforms, but only one-third of these organizations have established mechanisms to operate their multicloud environments. As cloud adoption grows, cloud provisioning, monitoring, and integration will become critical as organizations cope with multiple providers with different APIs, workflows, and tools. In fact, enterprise focus has already begun to shift from cloud adoption to dealing with the problem of too many clouds (a.k.a. “cloud sprawl”).
This past Spring, I spoke with numerous digital leaders who are feeling distraught. They know what needs to be done but feel a lack of empowerment. Either their CEO is not making the difficult organizations moves, or their organization has multiple strategies, or their investors are taking a short-term view when it comes to funding decisions. These are some of the challenges they feel they cannot overcome on their own.These digital leaders are distraught because they sense their organization is wavering on digital. At the same time, they see other organizations going all in with digital and overcoming these issues – they see their digital determination.