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The 'future proof' IT platform built on open source technologies

Digital Transformation has become a business imperative. It is multi-faceted involving transformation across multiple dimensions including leadership, infrastructure and technology transformation, information and data management transformation and cultural transformation (such as adoption of DevOps methodologies). IDC estimates that by 2020, 40% of FT 500 European companies will have increased their productivity by 20% by digitally transforming many processes from human to software-based delivery.

As Digital transformation becomes critical to corporate strategy for European organizations and becomes a CEO priority, organizations will require IT infrastructures that are fit to support the dynamic requirements of the new generation of digital workloads and existing critical workloads.

IDC believes the future technology architecture will be shaped by the following 4 key trends:

1. Open is Mandatory
By 2017, over 70% of enterprises will embrace open source and open APIs as the underpinnings for cloud integration strategies. In addition, open source will impact 80% of infrastructure hardware buying decisions in 2016. An open, fluid and agnostic architecture allows application interoperability giving enterprises choice on what platform to run the workload on. This also paves way for organizations to have interoperable hybrid IT. Such flexibility and agility, IDC believes, will be key in successfully delivering on digital initiatives.

• Open Source Alliances: Open source–based models are becoming essential to achieve digital transformation. Many digital disruptors/startups believe that collective intelligence provides a transformational lever that is unmatched. Vendor alliances in open source is beneficial for the providers and users alike. This is because it is rare to find enterprises that do not rely on both technologies within their IT.

• Open Source Influencers: Open source momentum is gathering steam and is continuing to grow strongly in the open, digital age.

2. DevOps Maturity
By 2018, over 50% of new apps will use cloud-enabled continuous delivery and cloud-native application architectures to enable faster innovation and business agility. European organizations are already evaluating how to use new open source infrastructure technologies such as containers to adopt DevOps processes that can facilitate continuous delivery (CD) and continuous integration (CI) to accelerate digital innovation.

3. Cloud as the foundation for Digital Transformation
Pursuing Digital initiatives without a cloud IT foundation will be utterly impossible. By 2018, 40% of European enterprises' IT infrastructure and software investments will be cloud based, pushing towards 50% by 2020. Cloud computing and IT as a service (ITaaS) are at the heart of digital transformation. Enterprise-wide digital initiatives require highly scalable and robust IT resources that can be met through cloud computing in a cost-effective manner.

4. The Role of Cloud-based Big Data Analytics

Through 2020, spending on cloud-based Big Data analytics technology will grow 4.5x faster than spending for on-premises solutions; open source technology will represent the core of this new architecture as many analytics software platforms are inherently open source (Hadoop).





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