2016 was an exciting year for IT. With the new year around the corner, Network World gazed into its crystal ball to see what 2017 has in store for technology.
One prediction is that IT spending is set to rise by almost three per cent. Analyst firm, Gartner, has forecast an overall growth in software and IT services revenue that will increase IT spending to US$3.5 trillion in 2017
Software spending grew six per cent in 2016 and IT services spending by 3.9 per cent. In 2017, software spending will increase 7.2 per cent to US$357 billion in 2017, and IT services spending by 4.8 per cent to US$943 billion.
Towards better connectivity
In the networking space, Gartner predicts SD-WANs will grow in popularity and increasingly replace routers. Today there are more than 2,000 commercial SD-WAN deployments and more than 50,000 branches running a single SD-WAN product.
By 2020, SD-WAN sales will be worth US$1.24 billion and replace half of all enterprise routers. This will lead to router sales dropping by 23 per cent and branch office router sales by more than 60 per cent.
The Internet of Things (IoT), or the internetworking of connected physical devices, was a key trend in 2016 and will remain significant next year. However, analyst firm, Forrester, expects IoT technologies, use cases, and vendors to vary wildly and change rapidly in 2017.
The demand for IoT skills, such as networking know-how, will remain a challenge. Successful IoT field deployments now increasingly require skills beyond familiar Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular connections, meaning IT teams have to search through more than 20 wireless connectivity choices and protocols to support a diverse line-up of IoT devices.
Preparing for the future
In order to support emerged technologies such as SD-WAN and IoT, a modern business needs fast and reliable technology infrastructure. BTAS Connect can bring fast fibre-powered WAN and Internet powered to your office, while BTAS Network is end-to-end network management for peace of mind.
Symmetric connectivity of BTAS Connect means uploads are equally fast as downloads, so you’ll be able to add high quality content to the Cloud within minutes. High speed broadband also means you do not need to worry about the reliability of your file transfers or the availability of the Internet.
BTAS Network is designed to not only manage your network, but also secure it. Our Network Operations Centre (NOC) will proactively monitor your network, ensuring you remained focused on making your business successful and not distracted by the running of technology.