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2020 ‘watershed year’ for businesses leveraging technology, says Aruba chief Featured

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2020 will be a watershed year for businesses leveraging technology to transform and personalise experiences, deliver improved business outcomes, and drive hyper-efficient operations at the network edge, according to Keerti Melkote, president of Intelligent Edge for HPE and Aruba Networks president and founder.

Releasing his predictions for the IT industry in 2020, Melkote said the explosive growth of IoT devices has established new edge-to-cloud architectures to support where the majority of the world’s data is now being created.

“This expansion will drive the need for advanced network visibility and control to mitigate the incremental risk caused by an expanding attack surface.

“Additionally, automation and orchestration will become increasingly important in order to enhance the effectiveness of corporate security arsenals, improve enterprise-wide network and application availability, and simplify IT operations.

“AI-powered analytics will increasingly become a natural extension of automation, allowing businesses to achieve greater network insights benefiting security, availability and overall business agility.”

Melkote’s comments were backed up by his colleague, Larry Lunetta, VP of Security and Wireless LAN Marketing at Aruba, with an outline of what he sees as the 7 key trends for the technology industry to watch out for throughout 2020.

Here’s his views on trends for the year ahead:

1. Wayfinding is Just the Beginning
In 2020, location services will continue to advance and serve up more meaningful, personalised experiences to users, inviting them to engage with their environment like never before.

No longer just about wayfinding, location services will enable a new host of services based on proximity and preferences, delivering value to both the provider and the user in the form of customised offers for the user and consumer insights for the provider.

2. If You Build It, They Will Come
Despite the fanfare, the introduction of Wi-Fi 6 this year was met with cautious optimism, with skeptics citing that the increased bandwidth enabled by Wi-Fi 6, though impressive, will not necessarily be put to use very soon.

As a result of continued Wi-Fi 6 innovation, Aruba predicts that 2020 will usher in a new swath of Wi-Fi 6-enabed services that will deliver the performance, availability and Quality of Service that is promised by technologies such as 5G.

Wi Fi 6 will be the preferred on ramp to 5G for the majority of enterprise edge applications.

3. Securing Widespread Adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT)
While the growing use of IoT devices is providing organisations with new levels of data to make intelligent decisions about business operations, they can also provide an open door for malicious actors to exploit vulnerabilities.

With over 70 billion devices expected to be in operation by 2020 according to Gartner, securing these devices, and using behavioural analytics to detect Indicators of Compromise (IOC), will be critical.

4. Continued Integration and Orchestration of Security Tools
With enterprises using over 130+ security tools and technologies on average, in 2020, we will see a rise in the use of integration and orchestration tools to better leverage these technologies for better threat detection and accelerated response

5. The Rise of AI-based, Autonomous Security
In 2020, AI-based, increasingly autonomous security technologies will become more prominent as emerging technologies such as IoT and edge computing applications consume security practitioners who will require a more efficient way to secure their organisations.

In the coming year, security breaches will continue to plague organisations of all sizes and attacks will become increasingly complex, widespread and persistent, often carried out by coordinated teams of sophisticated hackers.

6. Network Management Goes from Proactive to Predictive Mode

AI-powered automation, heightened programmability and the ability to take action based on insights are all attributes of a modern, self-validating network.

In 2020, we’ll see continued advancements in the areas of data analysis and security, among others, which will enable the process of network management to go from proactive to predictive, easing the burden on network managers and allowing them to focus their efforts on business-impacting issues.

This will enable IT teams to not only take a proactive stance, but will allow systems to predict when issues will occur based on nuanced patterns, behaviour monitoring and network health, easing the pressure on IT resources even more.

7. Death of Network Software Subscription Models
Having network switches, routers and controllers that go dark once the software registration ends is harmful to businesses.

When customers buy equipment, they want all the ownership of features,functionality and their network, not a ticking time bomb in the form of a services contract that could impede essential features, security functions and even connectivity itself.

In 2020, customer-first subscription models tailored to cloud-driven strategies will emerge to deliver value and peace-of-mind.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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