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11 IT Management Predictions For 2011, We Asked The Experts

Nathan Burke, Marketing Manager, Aprigo

A year ago, we asked 10 IT Management Experts to give us their predictions for 2010. This year, we turned it up to eleven (I know, I just couldn’t resist), and the result is a list of what IT Management trends will emerge in the coming year.

11 IT Management Predictions For 2011 - We Asked The Experts

Jeffrey Kaplan

Jeffrey KaplanJeffrey Kaplan has over twenty-five years of experience and recognized expertise in IT/network management, SaaS, managed services, cloud computing, telecommunications and outsourcing trends. He helped to launch IDC’s Communications Industry Research (CIR) program in 1983; Dataquest’s Worldwide Services Research program in 1990; and Meta Group’s Benchmarking program in 1995. He then went on to have successful ‘real-world’ experiences at INS and InterOPS Management Solutions.

His IT Management Prediction for 2011

Now that SaaS and Cloud Computing have become generally accepted,  IT and business decision-makers are attempting to determine the right mix of on-demand and on-premise resources, how to integrate and manage them in a unified process, and measure the performance of these resources. This will require a new set of easy to provision and administer management tools to monitor these resources, capture and analyze the data, and generate meaningful reports.


Izhar Sharon

Izhar Sharon Izhar Sharon is VP, Technical Services and Operations at XIV, a a storage technology company that designs, produces, and supplies enterprise-class storage area network systems in Israel and internationally. XIV was acquired in 2008 by IBM. Izhar has over 20 years of experience in various high-tech industries including storage, networking and military.

His IT Management Prediction for 2011

  • Storage company consolidation will continue. Following the expensive acquisitions of 3Par by HP and Isilon by EMC, Compellent will be a acquired (by Dell or Fujitsu?). (Note: since giving this prediction, Compellent was acquired by Dell)
  • Rebirth of Mainframe with z/Linux – The most cost efficient way to manage and deploy hundreds of Linux guests in a highly concentrated way and consolidate your hardware footprint and management
  • Corporations will emphasize building their own private cloud while the SMB market will embracing the public one
  • VMware will face more and more competition and will try to continue differentiating itself. However Microsoft is giving away its Hyper-V (makes money of the multiple Windows guest licenses) and other vendors are coming up with their own intel virtualized machines (Citrix, RedHat and alike) and are less pricey then VMware.
  • The crowdsource movement will become more and more popular and customers will have trials of large scale compute and file storage implementations using technologies such as Gluster in an effort to reduce the cost of Network Attached Storage for non-critical business.

Eric David Benari

Eric David Benari Eric David Benari is CEO of the IT Management Group and IT business expert, master-technologist, writer and speaker. Eric has been helping business owners and technology leaders increase ROI and guide their IT teams to super-productivity for over 10-years. Eric’s credentials include PMI-Certified Project Management Professional, Zend Certified Engineer (of PHP,) MySQL-Certified Developer & MySQL-Certified Database Administrator (DBA.) He has been invited to speak at New York University (NYU,) Yeshiva University and Stern College as well as various IT conferences and has written for PHP Architect magazine on security, e-commerce & IT best-practices.

His IT Management Prediction for 2011

2011 will be the monumental year that consumer-facing IT moves from the virtual world to the real one; mobile phones with 3G/4G and geolocation-capabilities are becoming ubiquitous, adding a new dimension to the Internet by making it an experience related to your physical surroundings.

Twitter, like most social networks, has succumbed to the commonplace paid-placement model as their monetization strategy (albeit masked under monikers like “Promoted Tweets”.) In 2011 the social media giants will discover more-productive avenues of monetization in the form of crowdsourcing constructive tasks to the members of their community who are capable of fulfilling them; an ideal first step in this direction would be a mash-up between LinkedIn and Amazon Turk to build new tangibles similar to Wikipedia.


Matt Simmons

Matt Simmons Matt Simmons is a system administrator, specializing in small infrastructures (networks with less than 200 hosts). He has been a sysadmin since 2002, when he became the Assistant Network Administrator of an ISP in West Virginia. He eventually became the primary administrator there, and later moved to Columbus, OH where he took his current role as system administrator of a small risk management firm. Matt is also a writer at StandaloneSysadmin, and has a semi-regular column called Confessions of a Sysadmin in the Simple Talk: Exchange magazine.

His IT Management Prediction for 2011

Data. More data than you can shake a stick at. Data does not want to be everywhere at once, and making it do that is expensive. Organizing data and optimizing data migrations will be one of the biggest games in town this year, even more-so than it is right now. New, creative solutions will be put in place to lie to your applications, telling them that the data is there, even if it isn’t (until it’s actually needed). Think of this like thin-provisioning, but for your existing data set.

Also, people are really going to start worrying about IPv6, which they should have been doing two years ago. The first time you go to order a netblock and can’t get it, then you realize that you haven’t finished your IPv6 contingency plans will be a very scary moment. Even scarier will be explaining this to your boss.


Chris Corde

Chris CordeChris Corde is a Director of Corporate Strategy at EMC Corporation. He is currently focusing on helping to define the strategic direction of RSA, the Security Division of EMC, across a number of emerging areas like cloud, virtualization, mobile authentication, and identity management. Prior to this role, Chris also held a variety of product marketing roles within EMC Corporation, including managing the application security product marketing portfolio for RSA. Prior to joining EMC, Chris was a Java Developer at a number of New York startups, including FreshDirect, Inc. Chris holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from New York University and an MBA from Boston College Carroll Graduate School of Management.

His IT Management Prediction for 2011

Security infrastructure for the cloud will take major leaps forward in 2011. To date most customers have been handling security concerns with cloud providers through manual compliance audits or verbal assurances that their data is being handled properly. This model does not allow cloud to scale properly and certainly holds it back from being deployed in particular industries where information value is very high. To cope with this customers need ways to manage identity, data protection, and compliance procedures consistently, and this requires a security service with access to a network of public cloud providers. Security’s role will be to federate enterprise identity across a number of providers, but also to provide more structure around the compliance process (similar to what GRC platforms are doing now in the physical world). Lastly, data will have to be handled properly not only to ensure protection, but also to ensure proper visibility into exactly how that data is being handled and where it should reside. Ultimately, enterprises require visibility and control over their service providers.


Rob May

Rob MayRob May has served as the President of Backupify since Co-Founding the company in 2008. He began his career as a digital design engineer at Harris Corporation, where he worked on graphics processing chips for the Comanche helicopter. After Harris, Rob taught in the business school at the University of Louisville, then moved on to a business development position for a wireless software startup. Rob ran the popular business blog Businesspundit.com for 5 years, before selling it in early 2008. Rob has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.B.A., both from the University of Kentucky.

His IT Management Prediction for 2011

SaaS providers will aggressively embrace mobile to increase market share. That means interfaces that are touchscreen compliant and optimized for mobile/handheld resolutions and dimensions. You can’t run MS Office on a smartphone, but in 2011 you’ll have most of Google Apps there. That’s how SaaS outflanks desktop/premise apps finally — by going where the user is and the desktop can’t.


Oren Elias

Oren Elias
Oren Elias brings over 16 years of experience in the software industry. Prior to founding Correlsense in 2005, he founded and managed Internative Solutions, a provider of knowledge management solutions designed to support contact centers through multiple contact channels. The company was founded in 1997 and sold in 2004.

His IT Management Prediction for 2011

We will see an increase in ‘Change’ and the risk that it causes: as it effects the development through adoption of Agile Development, and at the infrastructure through virtualization and cloud.

We see constant Change to the business. The occurrence of Change drives a risk factor at the time of the Change. Data center migrations, physical to virtual migration, rapid rollouts–these are now projects unto themselves that encapsulate huge risk. The bottom line: be ready to manage the risks associated with Change.

A holistic understanding of applications, infrastructure, and business transactions is a fundamental building block for mitigating the risk of Change.


Gil Zimmermann

Gil ZimmermannGil Zimmermann- is the CEO and Co-Founder of Waltham based startup Aprigo, Inc. Aprigo’s Online Data Management apps help IT Pros in Mid-Size companies manage the security risks and costs of explosive file growth. Prior to founding Aprigo, he was an Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) at Cedar Fund. Gil has held key business positions in both small and large companies (Backweb, Sun Microsystems, EMC Corporation), beginning his career in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) with several technology leadership positions in the Military Intelligence Elite Computer Projects Unit.

His IT Management Prediction for 2011

Cloud Data Protection will be top of mind for both customers that have already embraced the cloud and those contemplating the move. Security conscious IT leaders will look to empower themselves with enterprise class control points to protect their data in the cloud, and enable their business leadership to fully leverage the collaboration and cost savings benefits of the cloud.

Organizations and businesses of all sizes will look to off-load the burdens of on-premise applications and data repositories for the simple ROI and productivity and collaboration gains the cloud has to offer.


John Considine

John Considine
John Considine brings two decades of technology vision and proven experience in complex enterprise system development, integration and product delivery to CloudSwitch. Before founding CloudSwitch, John was Director of the Platform Products Group at Sun Microsystems, where he was responsible for the 69xx virtualized block storage system, 53xx NAS products, the 5800 Object Archive system, as well as the next generation NAS portfolio.

His IT Management Prediction for 2011

Enterprise use of cloud will move from strategy, proof of concept, and limited deployments to true utilization and production applications.  2010 was the year of consideration and initial evaluation and 2011 will bring real usage of clouds.  Key to this transition is the adoption of hybrid clouds: true integration between the data center, internal clouds and the public clouds.  The gating factors for hybrid cloud computing have been security and discontinuity between the on-premise and public clouds – the engineering and support efforts needed to run applications in the cloud and connect them to the existing compute infrastructure have made this transition difficult. New technologies will make this transition both affordable and supportable in 2011. 2011 will also be a year for some very interesting networking changes.  As part of the hybrid cloud platform shift, it has become clear that integrated networking and network security are required.  As cloud providers build architectures to support enterprise-class networking, and enterprises begin to integrate these networks with their internal ones, they’ll drive the need for new switches, routers and control planes.  During 2011, these new networking components will arrive for real in the form of new standards (OpenFlow), new devices (virtual appliances from network vendors), and new software (from companies like CloudSwitch, VMware, etc.).


Gil Rapaport

Gil RapaportGil Rapaport is President of Viewfinity where he is responsible for the sales and marketing infrastructure and executing the company’s business goals and objectives. Prior to Viewfinity, Mr. Rapaport served as Executive Vice President of XOsoft where he managed the marketing, international sales and product management activities. Through his strategic vision and direction, Mr. Rapaport successfully positioned XOsoft for its acquisition by CA in 2006, where he then served as Vice President of Marketing. Mr. Rapaport’s combination of marketing skills and business acumen drove XOsoft to a profitable position with an average of 25-30% quarterly revenue growth for 16 consecutive quarters.

His IT Management Prediction for 2011

With the Windows XP sunset date fast approaching, plans for Windows 7 migrations are in full swing. This has prompted most organizations to re-assess their approach to PC lockdown. Our data is predicting a 456% jump in demand to implement privilege management software for companies planning to migrate to Windows 7 in the first half of 2011.
This increase makes sense. With the constant proliferation of web applications and cloud-based B2B applications, securing the endpoint environment is a given. In 2011, more companies will be adopting privilege management technology to manage lockdown and improve its cost-effectiveness for removing security risks.


Jay Hallberg

Jay HallbergIn 2006, Jay Hallberg co-founded Spiceworks – described by TechCrunch as “the Facebook for IT.”  Spiceworks social business platform for IT professionals & buyers reaches 20 percent of the global small and midsized business (SMB) market and it’s transforming how nearly $200 billion worth in technology products and services each year are managed, marketed and sold. Jay frequently speaks on disruptive business models, B2B social marketing, and SMB IT trends at top industry events, including the Web 2.0 Expo & Summit, Interop, Cloud Computing Expo, TechCrunch Roundtable, InformationWeek 500, and GigaOm Structure, among others. Jay holds an MBA from Harvard and engineering degree from the University of Illinois.

His IT Management Prediction for 2011

In 2011, IT goes social across the world’s small businesses.  Collaboration among IT professionals will move beyond simple community forums and happen within the applications they use everyday to do their jobs. IT pros will be able to directly connect with trusted peers in other companies and with the technology vendors they depend on to run their businesses.  Much like Facebook and Twitter give consumers instant access to help from friends and trusted brands, social IT will give small businesses the power of a million person IT department.


Reprinted with permission from the Aprigo Blog

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