Infotech Lead India: Accenture has shared its Technology Vision 2013 for enterprises.
“Organizations and their leaders need to hit the reset button on how they use technology to drive market differentiation, deepen customer relationships, and deliver growth and profitability,” said Paul Daugherty, chief technology officer at Accenture.
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Design for Analytics to Get the Right Data:
Most of today’s enterprise software applications are designed for a specific function and capture only the data needed to complete that function. Organizations use existing data as an input to make strategic decisions – and often find that information gaps arise because important questions weren’t formulated when the applications were being designed. As a result the relevant data isn’t captured. What’s needed is a strategy that sees data more as a supply chain than a warehouse. It’s about asking the questions that need to be answered first and then designing applications for the “right” data. Companies that recognize this and make data a strategic asset that drives business outcomes will have an edge over those that view data merely as an output.
Take Advantage of Data Velocity:
In addition to data variety and volume, companies now need to consider the third ‘V’ of data – velocity. Mobility and consumerization of IT are driving expectations for faster access to data and more insights from that data. In addition, a surge of new technologies – including high-speed data storage, in-memory computing, analytics advances, data visualization and streaming data querying – is accelerating the entire data cycle from insight to action and improving the enterprise’s ability to deal with greater data velocity. As data becomes more widely used and companies see increasing competitive advantage from faster data to insight, the data and analytical skills in an organization also become more critical to converting insights to action before opportunities are lost.
Make Work and Processes More Social:
The pervasiveness of Web-based social technologies like Facebook and Twitter and video tools like SkypeTM and Google+TM Hangouts has profoundly changed the way users communicate with one another. By embedding similar collaborative tools into their business processes, enterprises can take advantage of employees’ growing comfort with social networks to gain a new level of productivity. Employees don’t necessarily need to become more social for collaboration to work; rather, it’s the work and processes that need to be more social.
Bridge the Last Mile of Virtualization With Software-Defined
Controlling the flow of information in today’s digital business – where applications, systems, networks and communications channels are constantly changing – is one of the most challenging aspects of enterprise IT. While the virtualization of servers, storage and other parts of IT infrastructure has resulted in unprecedented levels of flexibility, the network has been largely untouched by virtualization until now. Software-defined networking (SDN), where the network is managed through software instead of through hardware, provides a giant leap forward in enterprise flexibility. With SDN, organizations can reconfigure the connectivity of systems without changing the physical characteristics – making it easier for businesses to manage change, integrate cloud services and get more return from their network investments.
Be Active – Not Just Defensive – With Security:
Despite recent advances in security technology, safeguarding the digital business remains a challenge. The entry points for an attack are constantly expanding across more devices, more systems, more people and a broader infrastructure. As a result, optimal IT security needs to go further than prevention. Recognizing that attackers will get through, enterprises must stay one step ahead of them. IT’s core challenge is to not only stay current with the latest in security, but to get smarter about understanding and engaging the enemy and be able to adapt the enterprise’s defenses to match the threat. Security architectures need to remain flexible and incorporate active defenses to deal with the constantly changing field of security threats.
The Cloud Is Here – Now is the Time to Prepare the Enterprise:
Technologies underpinning cloud are pervasive and here to stay, and the benefits are numerous: helping companies differentiate their business, get their products and services to market faster, enhance operational efficiency, and respond more quickly to new opportunities and challenges. The question for enterprises isn’t “why should we use cloud?” – but rather, “how should we use cloud?” Many organizations are already embedding cloud with their legacy systems and traditional software to create hybrid environments. This requires a clear understanding of, and approach to, the skills, architecture, governance and security required, whether it’s the applications, platforms or IT infrastructure that’s in the cloud.