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Technology Trends: VMware Canada Partners Share 2021 Predictions

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Technology Trends: VMware Canada Partners Share 2021 Predictions

VMware Canada’s partners have been on the frontlines of helping organizations navigate the new normal and leverage technologies across their networks, applications, digital workspaces and more in 2020. In this blog, experts at CDWSoftchoiceFlexITyOnX CanadaESI Technologies, and SoftServe outline the key technology trends that will impact the organizations in 2021 as they shift from reacting to enabling the workforce of the future.

KJ Burke, Principal Technology Strategist, Hybrid Cloud at CDW Canada organizations have passed their steepest hurdles from 2020 and will look to optimize…

“We saw an unexpected surge of hastily planned cloud adoption in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic brought increased pressures to maintain business productivity and meet the new demands from employees and customers working and consuming from home. We predict that 2021 will see a more measured approach as organizations operate in this new normal and look for ways to secure and protect their intellectually property with a distributed workforce. As businesses work to provide this secure and optimized environment for their users and customers, they will have cleared the hurdles of remote working and focus on activities which drive business value, such as leveraging AI and IoT technologies to provide business insights or drive better customer engagement.”

According to Patrick Naoum, Executive Vice President at ESI Technologies, 2021 will be a year of architecting, consolidating, and securing IT for the new normal…

“In 2020 organizations rushed to adapt to the pandemic in a less than optimal way, albeit successfully for most. But in emergency responses to crises, we often overlook the necessity to secure adequately and be efficient as our focus is on surviving! Once the fire is out it is time to reflect, re-imagine and re-deploy. 2021 will see us designing for the new steady-state, until it changes again. Our workloads, consumption models, end-user experience and productivity, SW-defined everything, data management and security architectures will have to become more resilient and adaptable.”

According to Ron Stewart, Executive Vice President, Strategic Alliances at FlexITy, organizations will be looking for the clearest pathway towards a seamless hybrid cloud strategy…

“2021 will further accelerate a customer’s investment in VMware Cloud Foundation type technologies which is an integrated software platform incorporating a full range of software-defined services into a single platform that can be deployed in an on-premises private cloud or run as a service in a public cloud. It offers a simple path to the creation of a hybrid cloud, eliminating the complexity often associated with setting up and managing an enterprise hybrid cloud environment and in today’s uncertain times quick access to data is critical.”

For Christopher Swadish, Hybrid Cloud Business Leader at Softchoice, enabling a distributed workforce and protecting data will be top of mind…

“2020 was largely governed by needs to drive stability & improve engagement models. 2021 will build on those motion as both workforces and applications become more highly distributed. The proliferation of Users, Applications & Data residing outside the bounds of traditional corporate networks will drive increased need for security and governance, as will employee productivity solutions like Workspace One.

Customers are also embracing the expansion of VMware Cloud to decrease levels of effort in achieving significant progress in their cloud strategy while solutions like Cloud Health help drive needed insight, automation and control in optimization cost, security and performance.”

Stephen Harris, Senior Director of Service Delivery at OnX Canada predicts an elevated security strategy will be key…

“The expansion of a distributed workforce in 2021, along with accelerated movement to cloud applications, will drive enterprises to rethink their security strategy. Companies will move towards a virtualized, policy-based framework which will allow security policies to be consistently applied across the full environment. This will stretch from the virtual user at home through to the applications consumed in the cloud.”

For Oleksandr Mykhalchuk, Director of Cloud & DevOps Services at SoftServe organizations who prioritize modern applications will be better able to adapt and maintain agility…

“In 2021, Companies with large application portfolios will focus on a rapid application and platform modernization to return to fast growth, maximize their short-term ROI, and unlock future investment capital. Coming into 2021, enterprises in highly regulated industries that want operational innovation without compromising security will continue to adopt next-gen Hybrid Application Platforms.”

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