The year 2014 will bring several changes to the IT workplace, and will have a great effect on what criteria will be judged, such performance. Cloud-based computing and storage means that IT projects can be incredibly agile while still being cost effective, and IT teams will be expected to deliver on that promise. Virtualization will also need to be easy to implement and use, with a major focus on the end-user experience.
Specifically, businesses will expect their IT teams to discover and solve issues before they become a problem in the first place. If users are discovering that there is a problem with the system, IT teams will face harsher criticism for not taking care of the problem sooner. One reason for this is because better tools for IT management now exist. Another reason that upper management has the perception that IT teams have better capabilities to solve issues is due to virtualization practices.
Virtualization places physical servers and other devices in the Cloud instead of in person, and businesses in 2014 will no longer be able to ignore the benefits that come with it. Virtualization is likely to play a key role in application performance management. In the same vein, vendors of virtualization software will gear their efforts to appeal more towards this target audience, and will better incorporate application compatibility into their products. Combined, these tools will allow IT teams to be faster and more precise while granting a deeper understanding of server performance.
Flexibility is also likely to play a big part in 2014 performance management, since businesses would much rather have a single unified management system that can handle all of a company's processes than purchasing several management tools that only do one thing each. The more flexible management software is, the faster users will learn it and the more valuable companies will find it.