Flexibility in IT

We often talk about flexibility in IT in instances of user-friendly experiences like knowing your Microsoft Word doc will open in Apple’s Pages, or the ability to accept or decline a meeting request from your iPhone with an Outlook account.  But, what is being developed behind the curtains for IT flexibility is going to change how the world uses technology.

Two weeks ago my esteemed colleague and member of WinMagic’s Sales Enablement team, Ryan Sanders, disseminated a Deloitte study on emerging cloud privacy trends. On the first page, Deloitte captured what our future holds for us with the most understandable analogy only a top consulting firm with a vertical agnostic practice could have: “By 2020, a no-cloud policy will be as rare as a no-internet policy is today.” [i] As corporations globally are beginning to tackle using cloud based services, platforms, applications and infrastructure, IT Executives are now needing solutions to gain back the power and control of their operations, which is no longer onsite and physically visible. Where is the confidence that being able to physically see or hold something going to come from?

Offices will inevitably look different moving forward. The mix of devices and exponential growth in your computing power is going to be unparalleled to current standards. The ability to control and manage data flow is going to become increasingly difficult without the implementation of an enterprise solution capable of keeping up with compatibility, emerging trends, and ever-evolving compliance regulations. Having a unified end-point management solution within a common view will become a must-have, and will greatly reduce data security risks, and will provide for ease of mind and reliability of your corporation’s technical infrastructure.

Corporations will continue to test and review new technologies such as virtualization and cloud workloads, while maintaining older tech onsite – so why should your encryption and key management vendor only satiate one aspect of many of your environment? Simplicity in a solution is tantamount to keeping up, and certainly keeping control. If a common unified view is able to capture and monitor the entire organization, then you can rest assured that your bases are covered. If your unified solution is OS agnostic, avenues of vulnerabilities will be further limited. Extending this solution to managing 3rd party native encryption such as BitLocker and FileVault2 promotes ease of deployment and further ability to capture the whole picture in one shot.

Being able to adapt, adopt, and accept technological trends is center most important to being IT flexible. So why not protect your environment the same way? – Flexible.  Simple.  Unified.

[i] Deloitte: Data privacy in the cloud: Navigating the new privacy regime in a cloud environment.

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