Top 10 Data and Analytics Predictions Through 2021

Over the next three years, data and analytics programs will become even more mission-critical throughout businesses and across industries. The digital business future confronts leaders with almost unlimited possibilities to create business value. This transition requires moving away from the old mindset of siloed data, applications and analytics used for reactive reporting and basic analytics. Instead, leaders need to look at data as the raw material for any decision and consider that data comes from both within and outside the enterprise. Here are 10 data and analytics predictions to keep at the forefront for business decisions:

1.Core Data and Analytics: By 2019, 50% of analytics queries will be generated using search, natural-language query or voice, or will be auto-generated.

Advanced analytics and data science are fast becoming mainstream solutions and competencies in most organizations, even supplanting traditional business intelligence and analytics resources and budgets. They allow more types of knowledge and insights to be extracted from data. To become and remain competitive, enterprises must seek to adopt advanced analytics, and adapt their business models, establish specialist data science teams and rethink their overall strategies to keep pace with the competition.

2. Artificial Intelligence: By 2019, AI platform services will cannibalize revenues for 30% of market-leading companies.

Business and IT leaders are stepping up to a broad range of opportunities enabled by AI, including autonomous vehicles, smart vision systems, virtual customer assistants, smart (personal) agents and natural-language processing. This new general-purpose technology is just beginning a 75-year technology cycle that will have far-reaching implications for every industry. AI is changing the way in which organizations innovate and communicate their processes, products, and services. Practical strategies for employing AI and choosing the right vendors are available to data and analytics leaders right now.

3.Information Management: By 2019, 250,000 patent applications will be filed, including claims for algorithms—a tenfold increase from five years ago.

Information strategy is not a technology (or stack of technologies) that an enterprise can easily acquire. It is a long-term commitment to the exploitation of information for improved business outcomes. In fact, its importance has risen to the executive level. The increasing prominence of the role of the CDO is the most obvious indication of this. Information management and analytics are now about much more than architecting, integrating, cleansing, storing and analyzing data—they’re central to most organizations’ business strategies and demand significant attention.

4.Information Infrastructure: By 2019, 30% of organizations will use object storage as a data repository on-premises, bringing cloud architecture to the data center.

Modern information infrastructure will include data virtualization, the separation of storage and compute, and cloud-based data persistence. Data and analytics leaders must evolve their technology capabilities for digital transformation. An increasing pressure to manage data in multiple deployment models, while also optimizing its access and retrieval, is mounting and will guide modernization efforts in a way that will deliver optimal long-term value.

5. Data Security, Privacy, and Identity: By 2020, 30% of large enterprises will leverage snapshots and backups for more than just recovery, up from less than 10% in 2015.

In 2017 and beyond, achieving three important goals—privacy, safety, and reliability—will require strong planning and execution in the areas of security, privacy and identity management. IT leaders should consider these forward-looking predictions when allocating resources and selecting products and services.

6. Enterprise Content: By 2020, 95% of video/image content will never be viewed by humans; instead, it will be vetted by machines that provide some degree of automated analysis.

Enterprises are modernizing their content management infrastructures and applications to better support digital workplace initiatives. At the same time, emerging content management technologies and capabilities provide enterprises with the opportunity to leverage the trends associated with cloud, mobile and social. We assist IT leaders responsible for the enterprise content strategy with addressing not only how to manage content, but also how to use content in ways that promote productivity, efficiency, and business opportunities.

7. Internet of Things: Through 2020, lack of data science professionals will inhibit 75% of organizations from achieving the full potential of IoT.

The IoT is emerging as a key enabler of our digital future, and global spending on IoT—including all hardware, software and services—will increase in the next five years. However, the path to capturing benefits from IoT will not be a straight line. It will have many twists and turns as companies pursue big plans, hit roadblocks, learn and adjust. Some will give up, while others will follow through and realize the transformational potential the IoT can have in helping them become a successful digital business.

8. Smart Cities: By 2020, 30% of smart cities’ ambient care applications, related to, for example, medical/healthcare/nursing care, including proactive care, will have introduced smart machines and robotics in nursing care and medical facilities.

Smart city applications and solutions have become important in citizens’ user experience and can leverage IoT technologies to improve the quality of life. Strategists in smart city projects should consider the user experiences and how the solutions are being accepted by the citizens.

9. Mobile, Web, and Personal Devices: By 2020, over 50% of consumer mobile interactions will be in contextualized, “hyperpersonal” experiences based on past behavior and current, real-time behavior.

Mobile devices and applications are being used more frequently to support business-critical applications, requiring more stringent manageability to ensure secure user access and system availability. The following research provides insight for CIOs, IT leaders, application leaders and mobile app development managers into some key developments over the next few years for mobile devices and apps. The personal device market represents connected devices used by people during the day, at work, at home, to play or on the go. The personal device market is expanding with new types of products, such as wearables, linking with IoT endpoints and using immersive technologies.

10. Personal Technologies
By 2020, 5% of adults 65 years of age and older will have a personal healthcare robot.

The personal technology market has never changed as fast as it is changing today. This prediction will help technology product management leaders identify key trends regarding what and where the growth opportunities are in this vast and lucrative market.

To learn more about the future of data and analytics and the value for your business, contact Aligned.


Aligned Underscores Power of Adaptability; Performance with Industry Leaders

Reliable, scalable and secure infrastructure technology allows client partnerships to flourish

DALLAS (June 21, 2018)Aligned, a leading data center provider, is a trusted partner to some of the tech industry’s most influential leading companies that demand excellence and performance.

Whether a large-scale cloud provider or an enterprise of any size, Aligned offers a future-proof design that delivers the adaptability to maneuver and scale on demand with fluctuating data demands during high-traffic points, while reducing latency.

Sabre Corporation, which operates a leading global travel marketplace that processes more than $120 billion of global travel spend annually, approached Aligned with a demand for faster response times, greater reliability, and a global reach.

Sabre required a highly efficient data center capable of supporting hyper-converged infrastructure with rack densities up to 50 kW (1000 watts + per square foot). Aligned met this demand and delivered with great success by leading the way in data center densification that allows for vertical growth within the same footprint.

“Travel simply cannot happen without Sabre technology, and we are driven to reimagine the industry by delivering innovative ways for our travel supplier and agency customers to retail, distribute and fulfill travel for their consumers,” said Sabre CIO, Joe DiFonzo. “We selected Aligned as a data center partner for their ability to support our rapid innovation, implementation and quality product development as we build out our micro-service enabled platform and execute our global cloud strategy.”

Insight Enterprises, a technology company that maximizes the business value of IT, chose Aligned to help create a more efficient operative system that would allow Insight to be adaptive, while ensuring reliability.

“Insight sets a high bar for technology and our new data center was no exception,” said Insight CIO, Mike Guggemos. “We needed a partner to build a data center that would meet our current and future needs as we optimize our operations.” 

Aligned’s mission is to make critical infrastructure smart enough to continuously improve both its economic performance and environmental impact, delivering a noticeable business advantage, while helping secure the health of the environment.

“Our approach to infrastructure deployment allows us to deliver data centers like a utility – accessible and consumable as needed. This model allows us to reduce the energy, water and space needed to operate physical data center environments,” said Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned. “Our data center solutions, combined with our patent cooling technology, offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving reliability and increasing flexibility while reducing their bottom line.”

Aligned’s factory-built eSYNC absorption units capture and remove heat at its source, resulting in a hyper scalable and ultra-efficient environment that dynamically allows workload densities to scale in place, as opposed to spreading out or requiring a massive investment to augment floors for increasing heat loads.

About Aligned

Aligned is an infrastructure technology company that offers colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows us to deliver data centers like a utility—accessible and consumable as needed. By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions combined with our patented cooling technology offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving reliability and their bottom-line.

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Security Segment Predictions for 2018

Fundamental shifts in security markets are driving significant changes for providers in automation, compliance and service-based security solutions. Technology business unit leaders must rapidly embrace the changes if they are to maintain their relevance and competitiveness.

Here are three trends across multiple security market segments, which are expected to grow over the next three years:

  • More advanced automation capabilities
  • Continued shift of buyers’ preferences for service-based security solutions
  • Added compliance mandates and regulations due to ongoing, large-scale breaches.

Let’s delve into what experts predict for these three trends facing the Security Segment for 2018.

Advanced Automation

By 2021, requirements for greater efficiency in threat response will drive 20% of buyers to heavily weight automation in buying criteria.

A growing demand for automation of tasks performed primarily by individuals in the past, which have been enabled by the advancement of predictive and prescriptive analytics. This shift is driven by the need for faster responses to threats, and customer adoption of continuous, adaptive risk and trust-assessment-focused security programs.

Data science techniques happening today are the inception for the future of more automated threat detection solutions. Threat detection is a prime market for solutions that incorporate automation. Understaffed, overworked and error-prone humans are making security automation an attractive approach.

Security automation itself is not a market; it’s a method. It’s a way to create new value in existing products, or potentially give rise to new market categories. Vendors of threat detection solutions today are adding more capabilities for automation within their products.

Most innovation in security automation should be more than just investigating and responding to threats and performing simple tasks, such as automatic antivirus updates. Vendors must also seek to use automation to create top-line value and differentiation.

Mobile First

By 2020, at least one-third of leading endpoint protection platform vendors will acquire mobile threat detection companies to complete their endpoint protection suites.

As of the first quarter of 2018, 52-percent of global web traffic originated from mobile devices, up from 50 percent in the corresponding quarter of the previous year, according to Statista. As a result, there is a significant shift in customer buying preferences toward service-based security offerings. This transition will strain traditional vendors that must sharply alter virtually every aspect of their business to respond.

Only 3% of enterprises surveyed by Gartner have anti-malware protection on mobile Android devices and only 1% on iOS devices. Mobile malware represents only 7.5% of total malware reported in standard tests today, but given current trends, Gartner expects this percentage to rise to one-third of the total by 2020.

Mobile malware will continue to become more prevalent, especially on Android devices, as desktop and laptop security software becomes harder for criminals to penetrate. This growth will drive EPP vendors to more aggressively extending their protections to mobile platforms. Many EPP players already have mobile security software offerings, but they are typically weaker and less comprehensive than solutions sold by vendors in the growing mobile threat defense (MTD) market. Most mobile endpoint security needs are met today by the MTD.

More Tools, More Compliance

By 2020, more than 60% of organizations will invest in multiple data security tools, up from approximately 35% in 2017.

Compliance mandates and regulations are creating increased concern among buyers, especially as the cost of failure becomes more painful. Continued, large-scale breaches—themselves a driver for security purchases—will bring about even more stringent levels of regulation.

End-user organizations continue to struggle with data protection and lack strong policies and procedures. Regulations have created buyer angst, reinvigorating data protection needs in broad support for compliance activity and the vendor landscape in the data security market has been in a constant state of change for years, and needs to continue to adapt and evolve.

The use of data-centric audit and protection (DCAP), data loss prevention (DLP) and encryption tools will grow as organizations continue to protect sensitive data, but end users need a continuous risk-based and trust-based assessment approach.

The need for adherence to the requirements of regulatory mandates, such as this year’s sweeping European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) protocols and ongoing releases from the Payment Card Industry (PCI) will drive further guidelines in the data security space. These groups will likely lead to products being made smarter and more efficient, geared toward being people-centric and security-aware.

Security for the Future

As these and more trends continue to drive the security segment this year and beyond, IT leaders must evolve their strategies beyond compliance-only-related data protection, and shift attention to tools capable of protecting digital intellectual property. As a result, take advantage of growing market opportunities arising from the demand to implement data security products in reaction to regulatory compliance concerns. Also, focus on intellectual property protection, as well as insider threats of data theft. Integration of advanced analytics and new technologies, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, should be a focus going forward for product enhancement.

Rapidly changing to meet your company’s and customers’ expectations will keep your data secure while staying current, relevant and competitive. Aligned can be your trusted partner for your data security needs. Take a tour of our Dallas data center today!

Personal Data and Personal Protection with Hyperscale

It’s not uncommon to read about data breaches in the news. As the saying goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” so are security best practices and technologies that can protect modern personal data from breaches.

When it comes to your private data and personal information, a data center has the responsibility to make sure its hyperscale provider has the right security measures in place, through both hardware-based and software-based security.

Seven-Layer Security

The key to a layered security approach is that every protection and detection measure works in concert, building on the others’ strengths and together providing the capabilities needed to compensate for any one measure’s weakness. With comprehensive security coverage at every layer, businesses minimize their overall risk exposure.

  1.       Policies, Procedures, and Awareness Layer – This takes into account certifications and audit completions including SSAE 16, ANSI/TIA-942 Tier III+, PCI-DSS, and HIPAA, among others, in addition to background investigations, security clearances, mandatory security training, incident response policies and disaster preparedness.
  2.    Physical Layer – This is all about locks, guards, and cameras. Physical security starts with location and factors in environmental controls, which include authorization, authentication, and access for both people and equipment.
  3.    Perimeter Layer – At the network perimeter layer, security measures include stateful firewalls, anti-virus/anti-malware, virtual private networks and access point security, and security information event management.
  4.    Network Layer – This refers to the internal local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN). Security considerations may include intrusion detection systems and intrusion prevention systems, network vulnerable assessment, data loss prevention, and security information event management, among others.
  5.    Host Layer – This is all about devices: servers, desktops, switches, routers, wireless access points, etc. Security systems include antivirus and anti-malware applications, intrusion detection and prevention software, spyware tools and personal firewalls, OS hardening.
  6.    Application Layer – The security of the application layer focuses on the contents of traffic reaching applications. Security measures should cover both server-side and client-side exposures, with measures for source code analysis, application-level firewalls, input validations and vulnerability scanning.
  7.       Data Layer – This is the arguably the most critical, and therefore, the most insulated layer. Ultimately, customers must protect their data. Security at this layer ensures all parties have controls in place to secure access—including passwords, remote access authorization, data encryption, and file, disk and removable media encryption.

Consider these three elements of a layered security when talking to potential data centers:

  •         A comprehensive layered approach can’t be accomplished by the customer alone. It must be addressed in partnership with vendors and their respective areas of expertise.
  •         Inspection is required from every angle, at every layer, in order to avoid blind spots.
  •         Organizations must inspect potential security measures, as their security measures become your own.

You can stay out of the news and in a safe computing environment when hardware and software security are at the top of your list in selecting a new data center. Your brand, business, and customers will benefit. To learn about Aligned security protocols and solutions, schedule a tour today!