CIOs Predict How the Enterprises Will Operate in 2021

CIOs Predict How the Enterprises Will Operate in 2021

Tech and IT leaders consider the road ahead and predict the operations relevant to remote work, security, AI, etc.

C-suite leaders say that the best lesson to be taken away from 2020 is that predicting the future is very tricky. Elements and factors outside the control of the enterprise and leaders can easily impact the plans, either by boosting the growth or distracting from course. Organizations that are capable of easily adapting to the changes will be more successful than ones that are looking to predict accurately.

While many enterprises had to change their plans in 2020, but these IT leaders that were implementing a digital-first mindset were in a much better position to change and resolve the issues. The pandemic completely pushed 2020’s predictions off track and became the major driver behind IT trends in 2020.

For the coming year, COVID-19 continues to be a central and galvanizing force influencing the predictions. Already digital companies had good advantages in 2020, and the enterprises with a defined and robust digital plan will be flexible to pivot as required in 2021.

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Sandeep Soni GM & Vice President of Engineering, India Operations, Clumio

Sandeep Soni GM & Vice President of Engineering, India Operations, Clumio, says, “The impact of the pandemic has caused many organizations to rethink their business strategies. With remote work, the adoption of the cloud will definitely spike, hybrid and public cloud solutions will become popular.

Many organizations will take on a public cloud as it has the advantages of optimum speed, outstanding control, and enhanced security. We’ll also see the rise of edge computing. With the edge innovation market heating up, buyers will shift their cloud strategies to edge computing to harvest the innovation and become more connected.”

CIOs say that the drive and appetite for digitization have been drastically accelerated in the current scenario, and the requirement for intelligent and digital environments will result in transformations at rates much faster than the ones experienced before. More organizations are implementing Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) measures as a method to decrease efforts via targeted, smart automation. Most infrastructure and ops teams will focus on investing in high-value automation with minimum complexity in 2021.

Speedy pace of innovation

CIOs say that if the world considered the IT industry trend of develop-first to be big, things were just getting started. Where 2020 saw the increased pace of open source software, dev infrastructure, and tools, the speed will further increase in 2021. New categories and projects will gain higher traction, and deployment in the mainstream track will be faster. The current scenario is best described as a developer’s world where the restrictions on adoption and innovation have been eliminated.

Shreeranganath Kulkarni, Chief Delivery Officer of Birlasoft
Shreeranganath Kulkarni, Chief Delivery Officer of Birlasoft

Shreeranganath Kulkarni, Chief Delivery Officer of Birlasoft, says, “The covid19 has proved itself as the tipping point for technological transformation which has further unlocked the newer innovations and growth in the sectors like cloud, AR/VR, digital twins, etc. The newer innovations are supporting the enterprises to embrace their digital transformation journey and switch to the online business model. It is key to create differentiation while we standardize with the use of technology. The future is going to witness domination of hyper-digitalization across industries and will witness a move towards a contactless future with services like digital banking solutions, automation of processes across sectors, and adoption of a hybrid working model.”

Consolidation of tools

Tooling consolidation will peak in the coming year as per the predictions of enterprise leaders. The pandemic forced businesses to consider and implement tech consolidation. This was mainly seen as a measure for cost-cutting and increased comfort when utilizing tech from remote locations. They expect the practice to increase in 2021 before returning to normal in the later stages, where organizations return to buying solutions from different providers or vendors.

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