New Year, New Software Resolutions
With 2019 officially underway, you may be one of the many individuals accumulating a list of new year resolutions to accomplish over the coming months. Self-improvement, weight loss, and money management are common objectives amongst the new year resolution community. Businesses engage in similar new year behavior as well, establishing goals and objectives for the coming year – usually centered around growth and budgetary requirements. A vital business component that is often overlooked during this process, however, is software resolutions.
Accounting for technological trends moving into 2019, it would be advantageous to establish a set of objectives related to your software systems, and how they can be improved or replaced as we progress into the new year. Many of the hot-button topics of 2018 such as cyber-security, AI & Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IoT) etc. are capable of, and indeed already are impacting the capabilities and functionality of both custom and off-the-shelf software, meaning your new year software resolutions may look a little something like this:
A high-priority software goal that organizations of all types and sizes will be striving for this year is improved cybersecurity. Whether by improving the security of a current system, purchasing a new one or developing one from the ground up, organizations will be looking for ways to keep their proprietary data safely hidden from prying eyes.
According to Alert Logic: “18% of the organizations reported at least one security incident in the last year. Protecting data loss and leakage (67%) is the biggest concern for cybersecurity professionals, followed by threats to data privacy (61%) and breaches of confidentiality (53%)”. To ensure the safety and security of confidential information, organizations should stay versed on the most up-to-date technologies and practices that will help keep their data safe and sound under metaphysical lock-and-key.
For some simple tactics you can employ to help make your databases more secure, check out one of our past blogs. You would be surprised what small changes can go a long way in keeping your sensitive information safe secure in the face of growing concerns about data security.
Another high-priority objective that software-reliant organizations should strive for, is increased mobility. With advancing technologies, it has become easier than ever to obtain a mobilized workforce, as well as mobile-optimized software. Developments in progressive-web app (PWA) capabilities enable organizations to use these systems to access their vital company data from any device, anywhere in the world. Progressive web apps are also less complex to develop and maintain when compared to conventional mobile applications. PWA’s combine the best of both worlds of mobile websites and native applications, making them a logical objective for organizations to strive towards in 2019.
From a customer perspective, PWA’s also provide a laundry-list of benefits, like easier accessibility, better user-experience, and device flexibility just to name a few. In fact, a case study conducted by Pinterest found that after implementing a progressive web-app to replace their mobile site, ad revenue, time on site and conversions were all increased over a short 3-month period.
Leverage AI & Machine Learning
Arguably two of the largest buzzwords in 2018 were artificial intelligence and machine learning, and 2019 doesn’t look like it will be doing away with this trend anytime soon. As machine learning and artificially intelligent technologies continue to advance at a rapid pace, organizations everywhere are desperately trying to take advantage of and leverage these technologies to their benefit. As it was put by Ashok Santhanam of Forbes Magazine: “If you are a CIO, VP of IT operations or some other type of IT leader, you are under constant pressure to ensure that IT systems operate at maximum efficiency.”
Machine learning and artificially intelligent systems can help with that, revolutionizing and streamlining processes, while greatly enhancing data analysis capabilities. The better an organization can leverage the data at its disposal, the more informed and effective decisions they can make.
Santhanam also states in his article that:
“The pace of change in today’s increasingly digitalized business environment means that what has worked in the past (as codified by "best practices") increasingly will not work moving forward. This has given rise to the concept of next practices. Next practices do not focus on improving existing processes since existing processes are becoming increasingly obsolete due to transformative technologies. Instead, they deal with the best ways to rethink your processes for the future, leveraging transformative technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to make your processes smarter.”
As we progress farther into 2019, it may be time to start considering how these technologies may impact your organization, and if they fit your company’s strategy as well as priorities. For organizations more heavily reliant on data-driven processes, artificially intelligent systems could rapidly decrease the amount of time spent both collecting and assessing data.
It is always smart to look ahead and over the horizon. As we enter into a new year, individuals, as well as organizations, will be putting thought into what changes and improvements can and need to be made in the coming months. While some of that may involve replicating what has worked in the past, much of it will have to account for a drastically changing technological as well as economic environment. Taking recent trends and advancements into consideration; data security, mobilization and machine learning seem to offer fertile ground for both growth and improvement in 2019.
Let us know what your software resolutions are for the new year in the comments and as always,
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