It can be hard to keep up with the fast-paced world of computer technology. Enterprise software can be especially difficult to keep tabs on, as it affects the day-to-day workings of an organization rather than an individual. While you are likely experiencing the changes and trends associated with enterprise software every day, whether at the office, at the grocery store or getting ready to board your next flight, you probably don’t give much thought to what’s going on behind the scenes. Here are some interesting trends to look out for in the world of enterprising software.
Advances in Machine Learning
Machine learning is a branch of computer science that relies primarily on pattern recognition and the analysis of algorithms to make predictions on data. This type of artificial intelligence allows computers to learn something without actually being programmed. Companies are now tapping into the powers and efficiency of machine learning to combat fraud. In recent years it seemed like one large company a month was getting hacked, exposing millions of customers’ personal information to thieves and hackers. Issues at insurance companies, banks and big box stores had many consumers scared that their personal security had been compromised.
This year, information technology turns towards machine learning to combat programmers who attempt to access protected information from the outside. Pattern recognitions software allows computers to send up red flags when something goes amiss. From here, computers can use the data gathered to make predictions regarding the hacker’s next move, and preemptively block the illegal access to files. Machine learning will be a sophisticated but soon widespread weapon to combat information leaks, fraud and identity theft.
The Need for Speed
Biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies can expound upon the importance of big data all day. The medical community has a great need for storing data so large and complex that the development of new software was required to accommodate it. Especially with genome wide associations studies (GWAS) on the rise to improve personalized medicine, software developers have needed to get creative in terms of drawing up programs in which to store this onslaught of information. Now companies are finding that space isn’t the only issue. Speed and ease of access is also important, not least of all for the medical community who needs to be able to access these data to work on approaches to cures.
On what is perhaps the far other end of the spectrum, entertainment giants like Netflix, Amazon, Google and HBO are running into issues regarding streaming. With the advent of television and movie streaming accessibility, the aforementioned websites as well as the Internet service purveyors require massive amounts of data to move over a very short amount of time. Stalled and buffering videos do not make happy customers, and the scramble is on to find solutions to ensure that big data also fast data. One of the alternatives that has cropped up recently is Spark streaming, which isn’t actually streaming at all, but rather a way by which to move small batched of data at almost realtime speed, making it nearly indistinguishable from streaming.
Changes in the Cloud
Cloud hybridization prevents companies from putting all of their eggs in one basket. By using a mix of on-premises and third party clouds, workloads can be moved between the clouds for greater flexibility. A solid orchestration is required between the internal and external systems for this method to function ideally. Many companies use this method to keep the majority of data backed up to a third party cloud, such as the business options offered by Google or Amazon, and use their on campus cloud for more secure or sensitive data. Companies can use a purchasable software layer to facilitate the connections between the two clouds.
Privately held U.S. software companies like Infor, lead by CEO Charles Phillips, employs product specialists in 194 countries to support their enterprise software systems. They run a cloud platform called CloudSuite, maintaining that no two clouds should be exactly alike, but rather specifically tailored to the individual industry. Tailor made clouds can help industries create a global footprint by facilitating the acquisition of new companies. Custom built cloud services require a good road map from the company to get started. A business focused cloud strategy to take your company from their current position to their end goal is vital. And since there is no patently right or wrong way, it’s up to your team to work with an information technologies consultant to see how best to arrive at your goal.
Enterprise software trends are centered around speed and efficiency. You can expect to see more innovation in making big data more easily accessible and the access of information more expeditious. With recent advances in machine learning, biotech software and reorganization in the cloud, an emphasis on customization can be expected throughout enterprise software. Businesses are looking to approach information safety and security from new angles, utilizing machine learning and modernization in cloud management, hopefully making information breaches a thing of the past.