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Skills Developers Should Invest In

Sandra Olivier - Friday, August 26, 2016

enterEvery day is an opportunity for developers to update and develop their skills. During this time, you can make a decision to grow in your craft or choose to lag behind. Rather than getting comfortable with the set of skills you have, ever thought of pushing a bit forward? The IT industry is constantly changing because of advances in technology, keeping your skills sharp and up to date will ensure you work on bigger and more challenging projects and ultimately advance your career.

Below is a list of key skills you as a developer should invest in:

1. Application Development
This is one of the top skills that are in demand. Organizations are more regularly refining their digital customer experience, making user interface and experience design crucial skills in the coming year. From internal systems to front-end apps, software will be everywhere to improve business processes. This year, we started witnessing a huge demand for programmers to upgrade existing computer systems, or for the design and development of new applications. So, if you have strong skills in Java, hardware controllers, web and mobile applications, this is the year for you. Talent with preferred coding skills such as Java, Java EE, JavaFX, .NET, C, Objective-C and UI/UX Design can make the best of the demand.

2. Mobile platforms
2014 was the year when the demand for smartphones and tablets reached record highs. Businesses across the world are adopting mobile application development strategies to meet their business objectives.
There are however different approaches to mobile development. Mostly there are three important focus areas; IOS, Andriod and Windows Phones. If you focus on native app development pick one platform (android or IOS) and learn the API’s for that system. When you have come to be efficient using one platform, it is possible to broaden your knowledge into other platform.

3. Cybersecurity skills
Intel Security says a massive 82 percent of IT professionals that it surveyed are battling a shortage in workers specializing in cybersecurity. Increasing concerns and business risks associated with insecure software have brought increased attention to the need to integrate security into the development process. Some of the leading experts are of the opinion that to ensure software security, developers need to build security in from the code up. Security is becoming more and more important, developing skills in this area will surely benefit you in your future career.

 4. Full project life cycle experience 
Bird’s eye view of a project? Yes, clients want developers who see a project from an architectural point of view. Understanding how a project fits together and links into the business is a key skill set and that demand will continue. This is also true for project management. Not every developer should be a project manager, however you need to understand the process. You need to understand how to track progress on tasks and how to work with other developers to get things done.

4. Know a server language
The reality is if JavaScript is now the preferred front-end language worldwide. If you haven't learned it yet, you should learn it now. There is no denying that since its inception in the mid 90's, JavaScript has become one of the most popular Web development languages. Although initially developed as a browser-agnostic scripting language, in recent years, we’ve seen its continued evolution beyond the desktop to areas such as mobility and server-side web applications.

One of the big shifts that has been slowly happening is the ability to use JavaScript as a shared logic layer between native experiences. Almost every computing platform has a browser. So JavaScript programs run virtually everywhere. JavaScript’s ability to meet the demands of rapid development, while at the same time maximizing the user experience, makes it a natural fit for mobile development platforms and crucial skill for any developer.

6. Data visualization
Data keeps multiplying, which means whatever message you hope to communicate online must find increasingly creative ways to break through the noise. That's where data visualization comes in, which involves using a visual representation of the data to discover new information and breakthroughs.

Data visualization is perhaps the most promising of formats with the rise of Big Data.  Stimulating multiple areas of the brain, visual feedback is one of the best ways to understanding something.

Learn to use these tools in a way that benefits you and updates your workflow. Use them on your side-projects, and use them even when you think it might be overload. Learn how to do things which save you time like linking and closing issues with your commit messages. In short, if you are going to use it you need to be good at it.

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Finding the Needle in the Haystack: Your Search for Developer Skills

Sandra Olivier - Tuesday, July 05, 2016

needle in a haystackSo hiring - and retaining - software developers today requires thinking outside of the box and re-working all your hiring strategies. It takes creativity just to find candidates, let alone hire them. And even then there's no guarantee they'll stay long.

Stack Overflow's conducted one of the most comprehensive developer survey and recently released the results that revealed some interesting info regarding where developers work, what they build, who they are what they feel are important in their careers. This might just be the info you need to help you understand how to approach your talent search for those purple squirrels and rainbow unicorn in the development industry.

Multiple Languages
More and more developers are gravitating towards careers where they are simultaneously working on 5 to 6 programming languages or frameworks at a time. Traditionally developers like to specialize in one or two main programming languages but as technology is advancing and requiring more diverse skills developers are also investing in their knowledge and working on becoming experts in multiple programming languages.

Management Support
Developers identify this as one of the key influencers of their work environment. Unrealistic expectations and unspecific requirements are some of the most common workplace gripes. It however goes even further than that as a needs for mutual respect between management and employees are seen as key.  Developers want to know that if they build something cool that management can do their part in moving things forward in the right direction.

Challenging Projects and Current Technology
Most developers would tell you that they just want the opportunity to work on cutting edge technology. By nature good developers are always looking to improve their skills and learn new things. They want to be empowered to do so and pitch their ideas on how things can be done better.  This is important from a workplace environment and will determine whether developers stay or go at your company.

Red Tape and Bureaucracy
Overall, there's a strong correlation between job satisfaction and pushing code into production. 65% of developers who never check in code are satisfied at their jobs vs. 77% satisfaction rate among developers who commit code multiple times per day. The bottom line, developers want to do what they love and that is ultimately code!
They don’t want to have to play the political game or get bogged down by months of red tape to write code and implement it. This requires management to take pro-active steps in terms of processes that will make the work environment productive for your development team without adding unnecessary administrative challenges.

The industry is changing fast as technology develop at a rapid pace every single day. It is clear why competition for developers has never been higher, in part because there is increased demand from nearly every industry, not just traditional software businesses. But it also makes it a lot more difficult to recruit the right talent that is fundamental for the success of your business.

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How Business Analysts Benefits Your Software Implementation Projects

Bridget Maoko - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

puzzle Business Analysts are expected to be great verbal and written communicators, insightful, problem solvers, thinkers and analysers, with the ability to engage with stakeholders to understand and respond to their needs in this rapidly changing business environment.

But why would any company need a new department, a new skill set, and a new profession to deliver value to the organization? Isn’t there financial, marketing, engineers or IT managers around to solve the business problems?

And so management questions: "Why do we need another professional?" Isn't Business Analysis just another trend? So what exactly is a Business Analyst, and how does he or she add value to the company? Anyone who has ever worked on a complex and lengthy software development project knows that the involvement of a business analyst can mean the difference between success and failure. And that involvement starts at the very beginning of a project.

The Business Analyst’s main role
At the outset of a project, business analysts may be the only "software development staff" assigned to the project. And at this point, they work with key project stakeholders and business people to formulate and communicate the business vision for the project, map out initial requirements and the scope of the project.

They have a list of duties, but the key areas are:

  • Identifying and model process requirements
  • Translate the business needs to the development team
  • Manage and facilitate application development
  • And lastly, they lead the project

The Business Analyst will also act as an organiser, communicator, and problem solver in managing the solution scope. Finally, he or she will draw and analyse requirements, plan all the business analysis activities while participating in the monitoring and supervisory of the solution scope for the project.

Below are two main reasons why you need to hire a BA right away!

Connects with the technical lead
Having a skilled business analyst with technical knowledge can provide the link to the project team as you try to move from requirements and functional duties to the technical design and technical design document from which the solution is created. The knowledge the BA carries with them helps guarantee key requirements get interpreted correctly and that the right amount of time, planning and attention is given. The project manager (PM) is busy with other tasks and the BA can assist at this point, it really helps the PM perform well in the lead role they are performing.

Helps with communication
The biggest benefit provided by a business analyst is communication. Every industry has their own way of communicating, business owners and developers speak different languages. In many cases the developer has a natural tendency to think they know how to build a solution without the need for explanation. The business owner struggles to express needs in terms of importance and treats every idea or suggestion as equally important. The result of this is a lacking solution and could most likely lead to an unhappy user.

Having someone there to get everyone on the same page and agree is critical. The business analyst is an honest advisor for building the right solution, defining the criteria, and seeking clarification when needed. The business analyst is constantly facilitating discussion, documenting requirements, and testing and validating the solution.

When including the deliverable of providing cost benefits, a skilled Business Analyst enhances the link between the user and the IT, which can result in reduced miscommunication, therefore reducing the level of confusion. Less chaos, lowers overtime, improves team productivity, and enhances the team’s chance of delivering a solution on time. Most of all, the Business Analyst will contribute to higher customer satisfaction by adding value.

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Building a BI Strategy

Bridget Maoko - Tuesday, May 03, 2016

strategyWhen it comes to business intelligence, companies face a range of challenges depending on where they are in their BI journey. These include the cost, time and skilled professionals needed to implement BI tools.  As a business intelligence professional, your objective is to help the organization achieve its strategic, tactical, and operational goals.

Before embarking on a BI journey, you need to understand the importance of having one and assure that the strategy aligns with the business goals. BI can have a direct positive impact on business performance and dramatically improve the ability to accomplish the mission by making smarter decisions at every level of the business from corporate strategy to operational processes. To help you put a strategy together, below are a few guidelines you can follow to assist you.

Have a framework
Having a structure will provide you with a broad overview of how different components of your BI strategy fit together to assist the entire BI vision. It brings the three top forces together that drive business operations which are: people, processes, and technology in a collaborative environment.

Your BI framework should begin by setting the business’s overall objective and what is intended to be achieved. You should understand that a smart BI framework involves connecting together BI, business processes and collaborative applications. Having a framework will also improve the integration with business planning systems, supports business processes, performance management technologies and users.

Best practice and tools selection
Although industry product reviews can be a good source of research, particularly if you aren't familiar with the overall market, these reviews are often focused towards selecting the product with the most features. Your organization should instead select best practice BI analytics tool that's the best fit for your company needs, meets its budget and can be implemented given its resources and skills.

Considering the importance of BI advantages, managers are spending larger portions of IT budgets on BI. This is because the demand requirement to deliver consistent, accurate, and trusted information to management and to meet the business goals is growing.

Following are just three of many best practices for BI platforms and tools selection: 

  • Outline and classify business, functional, and technical requirements 
  • Categorize requirements as necessary, important, and desired 
  • Evaluate the functionality, features, and the fit

Collaboration and integration
Collaboration is nothing new, but for many companies, the collaborative BI journey is just beginning. With the rise of cloud computing and big data, they need to speed up the process because it is becoming increasingly important in the modern world, as we become more connected around the globe. You need to plan and adapt as BI constantly evolves and reinvents itself according to changing business needs. Consider the current BI trends and also the coming wave of forward-looking approaches for building the successful BI strategy. If implemented properly, the end result will significantly benefit an organization’s decision-making abilities.

The talent pool for individuals needed to analyze information continues to grow at a rapid rate and if you are a business intelligence professional, then you are on hiring managers most wanted list.

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Mobile Development Trends

Sandra Olivier - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

ux mobile developer The mobile app development industry is booming and continuing to evolve year after year. Technology in the mobile space is growing at the speed of light and apps have become an integral part of the digital ecosystem.  For mobile developers it has become imperative to keep up with changing development trends as old development methods will not address the needs of the modern business.

What are some of the most important trends to look out for?

App Security
Over the last two years we’ve heard about numerous incidents in terms of hacking and information leaks. Cyber attacks are increasing and attacks are more sophisticated than ever. Security still remain a big challenge in mobile applications as a recent report found that 86 percent of web applications tested had serious issues with authentication, access control, and confidentiality. Developers that make an effort to close these security gaps and provide a reliable and secure experience for users will reap the rewards in 2016.

Progressive web
The debate around web vs. native app has been going on for some time, however new developments in 2015 saw cutting-edge technology and techniques being used that might tilt developer mindshare away from the strictly native approach. The benefits for users would be that they don't have to install the app on their device. It takes up less space than a native/hybrid implementation and it also greatly simplifies installing an app. For developers, the greatest benefit is that you don’t have to wait to get your app published and can deploy releases and bug fixes instantly. Although progressive web apps are still in its infancy stages this is definitely a trend to watch.

The influence of cloud
Cloud technology played a major role in mobile app development throughout 2015 and this is likely to continue in the coming years as well. With the upsurge in the usage of multiple mobile devices and wearable tech, app developers will have to focus on the ability to integrate and sync their apps on multiple devices. The cloud approach will enable developers to ensure application work seamlessly regardless of the mobile operating system the end user has on their phone as a cloud application goes through the same browser.

Faster development time
Consumer demands are putting pressure on companies to deliver apps much quicker to the market. With these progressive demands, businesses are competing to launch their products and services faster than anyone else. The main objective for mobile app developers would be to reduce the duration of the development lifecycles and cutting down the time gap that lies between ideas and launch.

2016 is bursting at the seams with mobile potential, and that’s not even counting things like wearable technology and mobile automation systems. It will be interesting to say at the end of the year of these trends played out. Did they catch on or vanish? Did something new and unexpected take hold of our collective attention? What do you think will be the next big thing?

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Promising outlook for IT in 2016

Sandra Olivier - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

new york skyline and computer Many will admit that 2015 was a pretty tough year for business. However recent data released by Gartner forecast that in the IT industry 2016 is looking promising.

According to this report Information and Communications Technology (ICT) spending in South Africa will grow by 2,6% year-on-year to R26,6bn in 2016.

Some of the IT trends to look-out for in the year to come includes:

Device Mesh
The number of devices that included technology is growing. Mobile devices, wearable, consumer and home electronic devices, automotive devices and ‘Internet of Things’ sensors will all grow in its importance to consumers. However more significantly they are likely to start talking to each other and working in unison instead of functioning in isolation.

Security in the tech space is changing all the time, but it looks set to become even more adaptive. A majority of CIOs list security as their top priority, especially with an increased number of companies that have experienced breaches. Historical norms have been to play defense, but Gartner predicts that more tools will be available to go on the offensive, leveraging predictive modeling, for example, allowing apps to protect themselves. Gartner emphasizes that companies must build security into all business processes, end-to-end. Having it as an afterthought is equivalent to inviting issues.

Big Date
This little buzz word just won’t go away. Everything surrounding us is producing, using and communicating with virtually unmeasurable amounts of information. This just keeps on growing. The challenge however for organisations is to identify what information provides strategic value, how to access data from different sources, and how this can be used effectively to fuel new business designs.

Last year saw the emergence of forces promising a definite transformation of the mobile app development industry in 2016. One of the big conversation points in the mobile space focused around the problem that apps are fast and mobile websites are slow. This led to the emergence of progressive web apps. Progressive Web Apps are experiences that combine the best of the web and the best of apps. The short explanation: a web application that has a responsive layout, works offline and can be installed on the home screen of a device. Is this a turning point for mobile? Time will tell.

Skills Gap
As the industry and consumers evolve social, mobile, analytics and cloud, generates a wide skills gap versus traditional IT skills. On the one hand, organizations are facing competitive pressure to modernize their operational systems. These systems need to be run more economically, and they need to be more agile. On the other hand, today’s connected consumers are demanding innovative front-office applications that are both cloud-based and mobile. It’s a challenge for organization to keep up and ahead of competition and attracting the right skills to your organization becomes more and more important.

In addition, this demand for transformation of systems brings with it a substantial reskilling across all IT skills, development, operations and procurement. Gone are the days where it was enough for IT staff to just run and maintain highly stable systems. In today’s consumer driven business environment, apps are updated frequently and are contextual, not static. That, in turn, requires IT staff to develop new skills, new levels of agility and new mind-sets.

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Data Management undergoing substantial changes

Bridget Maoko - Wednesday, January 27, 2016

cable The South African legislative environment is constantly changing - often before, business has become completely comfortable with its responsibilities under the prior legislation.

Irrespective of which industry you work in, data is your most valuable resource. It pours into organizations from every possible source, operational and transactional systems, mobile and the web.
The importance of data management has changed significantly in recent years and this is due to the advances in big data mining and the benefits it offers businesses. The landscape of data management is again undergoing changes, due to the introduction of the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act.

Even though the aspects of the Act that apply to companies are not yet in effect, it is recommended that companies start their journey towards compliance as early as possible.

What will the act mean for IT departments within South African businesses?
Companies that deal with personal information need to invest in the best possible security systems and processes. They need to ensure that the IT staff members they employ have the required skills sets to work with these systems. Not to mention the challenges that arise with mobile device strategies, bring your own device (BYOD), adoption of social media and cloud-based strategies.

According to an article published on IT News Africa, they said that specialist IT positions will be created in larger companies to deal specifically with POPI compliance.  New titles such as privacy officers and data specialists are already coming into play.

Companies may also want to look closer to home in terms of website hosting and compliant software. South African software producers and IT practitioners know the provisions of the Act and can be better positioned to ensure compliance.

Deleting data after usage
Data security is a major issue for businesses and organisations today. Ensuring that your data is secure is becoming more important every day and vital to business operations. South Africa may be one of only 28 countries with a security policy in place; this has not stopped hackers from cyber-attacks. Hackers have shown how creative they are when it comes to accessing personal information. When a company's database is hacked and this information is made available online, the brand image and trust of that company are easily destroyed.

Managers who will or who already is in charge of data storage need to look at the Act carefully to make sure that customary practices, some of which may have been in place for many years, do not violate the Act.

There are companies that hold onto data for years before they destroy it, however, the POPI Act instructs companies to get rid of data once it has served the purpose for which it was collected in the first place. Businesses need to ensure that they keep all the legal details of the Act in mind when dealing with data.

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Is there an App for that?

Bridget Maoko - Tuesday, November 10, 2015

media Who would have thought that 10 years ago, the mobile phone would not only be used for making and receiving calls, sending text messages and connecting to the internet, but they are also being used to access mobile money services and much more.

With the app development economy thriving globally, Indran Naick, master inventor at IBM SA says that South African businesses are lagging behind. Although most South African companies understand the opportunities the digital environment offers them, few have really invested in the developing of apps relevant to their business.

The sole purpose for any company to want to develop an app is that it could be used as a PR tool, in terms of marketing, advertising and improving branding. It can also be used to get more customers and clients and another form of contact to your market.

As for South African businesses, they are starting to realize that the application economy will bring dramatic changes in the way they run their businesses and engage with partners and customers. However, they are not always clear on the necessary roadmaps, strategies and technologies to help them adapt to business in this new era.

But does your business really have a reason to develop an app in the first place? Before you develop, consider what you're trying to accomplish, and develop the right tool for the job.

1. Is It Necessary For Your Business To Have An App?
Not every company (or industry) should develop an app. If you already have a user friendly website that it is fully mobile responsive, than there’s no need to get an app. The main reason businesses think they should develop an app is to stay up-to -date with their competition, which is one of the reasons to get one.

The most important consideration for developing an app is that it needs to be functional and there needs to be a clear objective. If people can only get information like your contact details, pictures, blogs and events about the company, then the app is not useful at all.

2. What Does It Cost to Develop an App?
The cost of your potential app will depend on a couple of things. To name a few:

  • You would look at the functionality, will it be a basic app or have layers
  • Who will you get to develop the app?
  • Which platform will you want to host it on, Web, Native or Hybrid?

This is the “mobile version” of a site that runs in a web browser. Web apps use JavaScript, CSS, HTML5 or other languages. They are sometimes designed to look and work like apps and are generally ideal when you want to make your content or functionality available on mobile. They are not expensive.

A native mobile app is a smartphone application that is coded in a specific programming language, such as Objective C for iOS and Java for Android operating systems. Native apps provide the best usability, the best features, and the best overall mobile experience. However, this type of app is expensive to develop because it is tied to one type of operating system, forcing the company that creates the app to make duplicate versions that work on other platforms.

Hybrid apps are defined as a web app, primarily built using HTML5 and JavaScript. It is usually quicker to develop and will cost you less, compared to native apps. Apart from it being cheaper, another advantage that hybrid apps have over native is that it’s faster and easier to develop. It’s also easier to maintain and you can change platforms. The app itself will not be as fast as a native app as it still depends on the browser speed.

3. Your App Checklist…
No one said developing an app would be easy so before switching the green light on towards your mobile app development, make sure you understand the process.
Even though your mobile app idea might have occurred in a matter of minutes, your application won't be developed overnight. Discuss the project scope with your developer (s) and make sure that you understand the process. Below are the areas you should consider:

  • Planning
  • Design (Wire framing & Visual design)
  • Programming
  • Functional Specification
  • Testing

There is no one-size-fits-all, finding the right app for your business may be challenging. Consider what your main goals are and what your audience needs. Research your options and get a great developer. Ask for recommendations.

With technology evolving at such a high speed, enterprises of all sizes, in all markets, have to embrace the application economy and place software development at the centre of their business strategy.

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Cyber Security in South Africa

Bridget Maoko - Tuesday, October 20, 2015

security South Africa has shifted from doing things traditionally to doing it the 21st century way. Companies are now doing a bigger percentage of their business online, from digital payments to saving their data on servers. This allows consumers to easily access services; however it does come with a few hiccups.

 The South African Fraud Prevention Association, highlighted that South Africans lose in excess of R1 billion annually to internet fraud and the practice of trying to trick someone into giving their secret bank information.

The 2015 Security Summit that took place in Johannesburg revealed that South Africa is one of the most attacked countries on the African continent. Even though small businesses are the biggest target, eventually this will spiral into every single company becoming a target. But what could be the reason for this? Is it the gaps found in the infrastructure? Does this vulnerability allow cybercriminals to use this weakness to their advantage?

Securing the data
The amount of work we can accomplish on a mobile device is rapidly increasing. In today's digital world, many employees expect IT to provide easy access to corporate systems and information from mobile devices.
When it comes to security, one of the biggest challenges we face is user identity verifications. There needs to be better and smarter ways to authenticate users, hard and software. Fingerprint readers have been introduced in our own country. This may be one step in the direction we want to move.

When it comes to businesses, the most critical problem for them is securing the software. One way to do this may be through better programming languages that have security protection built into the ways programs are written. And technology is needed that would be able to detect unprotected features before software is installed; rather than waiting for an attack to happen.

Every business wants to feel confident knowing they have better security for their data flowing over different routes on the internet.

Cyber Security Policy
In today’s time, we as users expect and prefer services to be online. But this will have implications on us because our personal data will be at risk and there is a big chance that our information will get stolen and used for fraud. A cyber security policy needs to be in place in order for us to make use of online services without putting ourselves in jeopardy.

The National Cyber Security Policy Framework has been passed to the Cabinet three years ago and we are still waiting in anticipation. Government's State Security Agency (SSA) has promised to move with speed to finalise the national cyber security policy in the coming financial year.

State Security Minister David Mahlobo said that cyber security, an area government has long been criticised for neglecting, was top of the priority list in this year’s National Plan. While government is busy working on this, private sector should take it upon themselves to develop their own policy to minimise vulnerabilities.

From a business point of view, companies should invest in skills development at all levels, from senior executives to IT to users to make them aware of the rapidly changing risk landscape, how to identify weaknesses and report incidents, and the personal and business implications of failing to apply good information security practices.

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The Importance of Data Centres for Business

Sandra Olivier - Tuesday, September 01, 2015

hand with mechanical wheelsIt doesn’t matter what industry you work in, companies depend on the accurate recording, updating and tracking of their data on a minute-to-minute basis to survive in today’s economy. Employees use this data to complete accounting reports, calculate sales estimates, and improve customer service. Organizations no longer struggle to gather customer and partner data, the challenge now is how to effectively store, access, and analyse that data to drive strategic business decisions.

The data centre industry continues to be affected by the exponential growth of data and the recognition that there is enormous value in that data. Market analyst firm IDC says by 2020, the data the world will create and copy annually will reach 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes.

Key priorities to consider when choosing a data centre:

The first is the availability of power. In a country that is notorious for battling to keep the power on, this has moved to the top of the priority list. The main purpose of a data centre is to provide reliable, uninterrupted data access, and the importance of power backup in a data centre cannot be underestimated.

Given the virtual and mobile nature of how companies do business today, data centre connectivity plays a vital role. It’s how the information, applications and services hosted in the data centre are accessed, and it has a profound impact on their performance, security and reliability. All companies large and small rely on managing and distributing huge amounts of data across multiple locations.

The best way to future-proof your data centre investment is to choose a provider that offers a wide range of connectivity options and can adapt as your needs change.

Future forecasting of demand
The average life of a data centre is only about 15 – 20 years. When you think about the changes in IT in that timeframe, you can begin to see how hard it is to predict capacity requirements. How can you make effective decisions on future demands at today’s speed of change? Part of the answer is having solutions that can flex with your business. Starting with the infrastructure, it’s important that the data centre itself can adjust to the business requirements overtime, where you can simply dial capacity up and down in line with live business requirements.

As we move to the digital economy, the data centre will become even more important as the nerve centre within business. What and how we innovate in the data centre will mean the difference between success and failure for many businesses.

If you believe you have the right IT skills to assist business to face the challenges that data storage offers, we want to talk to you. Communicate Personnel is an IT recruitment company with consultants that specialize in working with developers, architects, consultants in CRM and ERP through to BI and BA. Check out our vacancy page and apply today.

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