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Infrastructure and operations top trends in 2023

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Infrastructure and operational challenges will drive business and industry in 2023 and Gartner has highlighted the six trends that will have significant impact over the next 12 months.

Infrastructure and operational issues will require I&O teams to reconsider how to purchase, deploy and manage technology solutions for optimal business results, said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. “The rapid increase in solution complexity and deployment scenarios is challenging I&O leaders to approach skills, roles and career path management from a different perspective.”

Here are the top trends set to drive infrastructure and operations in 2023:

Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) – SASE is a single-vendor product that is sold as an integrative service which enables digital transformation. This trend connects and secures users, devices, and locations as they work to access applications from anywhere. Gartner forecasts that total worldwide end-user spending on SASE will reach $9.2 billion in 2023, a 39 per cent increase from 2022.

“SASE allows users to connect to applications in a secure fashion and improves the efficiency of management. I&O teams implementing SASE should prioritise single-vendor solutions and an integrated approach,” said Hewitt.

Sustainable Technology – IT within the context of a tech-enabled enterprise and customer sustainability. This trend involves four key aspects: environmental, social, governance (ESG) and economic. With a recent Gartner survey revealing that 87 per cent of business leaders expect to increase their organisation’s investment in sustainability over the next two years, I&O must embrace sustainable technology to support organisation-wide ESG goals. “I&O has an opportunity to be a key part of enterprise sustainability efforts,” said Hewitt. “From improving the sustainability of data centres and the cloud to embracing the IT circular economy for devices, I&O can promote sustainable technology by improving efficiency and performance of infrastructure assets.”

Platform Engineering – is the unity of management tools and various components of infrastructure technologies such as application resource management (ARM), application performance monitoring (APM), digital experience monitoring (DEM), and digital platform conductor (DPC) tools. This trend enables user-driven, self-service infrastructure and deployments that extend the principle of continuous integration and delivery, furthering I&O agility, speed, efficiency, safety, and compliance. I&O can embrace platform engineering by determining what skills and competency gaps exist within I&O organisations and creating a plan to fill those gaps. Adopting practices such as automation can enable self-serviceability.

Wireless Value Innovation – I&O can leverage multiple wireless technologies to extend business disruption opportunities beyond connectivity. Overlaps between various technologies including Wi-Fi, 5G, Bluetooth and high frequency (HF) facilitates connectivity solutions and creates innovation opportunities. “Wireless value innovation creates a scalable return on wireless investment and makes networks a strategic innovation platform,” said Hewitt. “However, there is complexity at play and several new skills that are required to achieve this innovation, such as wireless integration capabilities and wireless tracking implementation experience.”

Industry Cloud Platforms – Public cloud is not one-size-fits-all. Industry clouds are an alternative to enterprises purchasing a variety of cloud offerings, as they provide a pre-integrated solution that coincides with specific vertical market needs. Industry cloud platforms are a combination of traditional cloud services with tailored, industry-specific functionality. Gartner predicts that by 2027, more than 50 per cent of enterprises will use industry cloud platforms to accelerate their business initiatives.

Heated Skills Competition – As digital implementation continues to grow, there is a greater demand for a wide variety of skills within I&O organizations. Yet, there is a limited talent pool available for high-demand skills, including expertise in cloud, automation, and advanced analytics. Simultaneously, some organisations are creating I&O positions within business units, which increases internal competition for skills. “Consider tools to identify upcoming skills requirements and new training approaches to enrich the skills of existing employees, to reduce the risk of them moving to other business units or competitors,” said Hewitt.

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