IT analyst IDC is making news with its annual Directions 2012 conference, sporting the theme “Competing for 2020”. It’s an event known for informative and actionable data on IT, telecom and consumer tech.
One of the mega-trends highlighted in the show is the “3rd Platform”. It’s the idea that our IT industry has had a progression of technology platforms, from the “1st platform” of mainframe, to the LAN/IP and client-server “2nd platform”, with both now being eclipsed by a “3rd platform” of mobile devices, social media, big data and cloud-based services. The infographic shows this logical evolution as well as a progression of scale, and the approach of trillions of devices, billions of apps, and exabytes of data.
What this means for today’s IT teams is the need for a new approach in managing technology resources where resource scale is growing far faster than the number of management staff. IDC Group Vice President and General Manager Matt Eastwood put some numbers on this scale ramp-up: annual growth rates of server cores at 20%, network bandwidth at 30% and data at over 50%. This is all in stark contrast to average IT spending growth of about 5%, with many staff levels flat or reducing in-house headcount.
We’ve been featuring news and information to enable the NetApp community to ramp up efficiency in order to keep pace and perhaps get ahead of this curve:
So whether you learn it from a conference, analyst paper or from first-hand experience, IT needs a new approach to manage technology resources, because the assets to manage are outpacing the number of staff to manage them. Luckily new tools and best practices are available to gain efficiency and stay ahead of the latest challenge facing us: managing the 3rd Platform of technology.