Three Things to Keep Tabs on in 2019: Big Data, Cloud and S/4HANA

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2019 is here, but what will it bring to the IT world? Big data is still going to be big, there will be fast-paced advancements in AI, machine learning and blockchain. And more and more IT will be happening in the sky, with cloud solutions being of… great gravity.  For executives, managers and employees it is essential to leverage these changes as opportunities to bring their work environments to the next level.

1. Big Data gets bigger, but we are ok with it

This is nothing new – we are producing and collecting more and more data, and this trend will not change. We continue to struggle with translating it into valuable information, but here we already see light at the end of the data tunnel. This year will bring further advancements in machine learning and AI, that will help with tapping into the data potential. At the same time, we will see increasing demand for new integration technologies that can break down data silos and combine data from various sources, in a way that makes it easier to analyze it.

2. IT walks with its head in the Clouds (and this is reasonable)

The next big trend that will continue in 2019 is moving data from on-premise to the cloud. Migrating warehouses to the cloud is a great way to save on storage costs and optimize IT expenses. Cloud storage technologies such as Azure will thrive and host more and more data, at the same time assuring better performance and security. There will be a growing demand for technologies that classify and offload data from legacy systems to the cloud.

3. The S/4HANA deadline is closer

We are one step closer to the SAP’s 2025 deadline. The new in-memory platform introduced by SAP comes with a lot of advantages: better user experience, AI capabilities, flexibility and speed. But it’s not all rainbows and unicorns – these advantages will only become apparent if the transition is skillfully managed. If you are not on S/4HANA yet, do not wait till the last minute. This is not a regular upgrade, but a complex system transition that requires a lot of groundwork and preparation. There are various strategies to be considered, depending on the level of customization and the organization’s needs and requirements. A solid system assessment is a good way to decide on the next steps and the best transition approach, followed by thorough data cleansing to assure efficient migration.