For some time, we've been hearing about digital transformation and a shift in business priorities toward 'third platform' initiatives -- technology investments around cloud, mobile, advanced analytics, and social. But what was once rhetoric and speculation is now becoming reality, as companies scramble to build strategies and develop solutions that will keep them competitive in the burgeoning 'digital industrial economy.'
This shift is particularly evident in enterprise software adoption trends. Gartner predicts that enterprise application spending will top out at $149.9 billion worldwide in 2015, with a focus on "modernization and digital transformation projects." The firm also estimates that this year, "15 percent of business users are provisioned, in whole or in part, with office system capabilities from the cloud," with the percentage likely to reach 60 percent by 2020.
We're seeing dynamic, accelerating changes in how core enterprise applications are being developed, accessed, distributed, and consumed. These changes offer IT decision makers unprecedented opportunities to support the business -- but along with that comes a critical strategic mandate to keep pace with the emerging trends or risk falling behind.
This guide from ZDNet and TechRepublic offers insight into how the next generation of enterprise software is likely to change the game.