According to the IT, telecom, and consumer technology analyst International Data Corporation (IDC), we are now entering the age of the Third Platform of computing. This current era of IT evolution is characterized by an environment built on four technological pillars: the cloud, mobility, social business, and big data and analytics. It is distinguishable from the Second Platform of the evolution, which began in the 1980s and featured computing environments developed around the client-server model, and from the earlier, First Platform era of mainframe computers, which emerged in the 1950s.
As early as 2007, the IDC has investigated and predicted the global paradigm shift toward the Third Platform. Now, they are predicting that virtually all of businesses’ new strategic IT investments through the year 2020 will revolve around Third Platform technologies and solutions.
An era of significant market opportunity
The move to the Third Platform is ushering in significant and far-reaching changes in the way enterprises are leveraging technology. Not only is it transforming the way businesses engage with their customers, it is also facilitating the delivery of products and services in ways never before possible. With the tools available to them, enterprises also have increasing capacity to innovate and to make their operations more reliable and more resilient.
The rise of the Third Platform also represents the coming of the actual Information Age. It will see the stagnation of legacy computing environments, even as markets within the four pillars of the Third Platform grow. The IDC estimates that by 2020, the worldwide industry spending on Third Platform solutions will be worth as much as $5.3 trillion dollars, up from just $3.8 trillion in 2015.
The increased spending will also be accompanied by the emergence of a new wave of core technologies that rely on the Third Platform and will serve as accelerators of innovation. These include the Internet of things (IoT), robotics, natural interfaces, cognitive systems, 3D printing, and next generation security.
Preparing for the big shift
As you can imagine, the Third Platform will not just revolutionize computing technologies, it will also transform customer experience on a grand scale. Organizations that are reluctant to embrace the big shift are certain to lag behind their competitors. Unable to keep up, they will fail to respond to the changes in the way customers want to do business with them.
One important area in which IT-reliant businesses and organizations should pay particular focus on is the blitzkrieg of data and traffic that the age of the Third Platform will bring. The network infrastructure of many organizations are still not prepared to tackle expected evolutions in capacity and complexity, making them ill-equipped for the future.
Both storage and security will have to be bolstered so that enterprises can keep pace with the rapid rate of change in IT environments. This is important especially because more and more of them are embracing both private and public cloud computing, not only as a way to minimize their hardware footprint and maintenance costs, but also in order to benefit from associated on-demand compute and storage resources.
It is important to note, however that traditional models of safeguarding business data simply does not translate satisfactorily to the cloud computing model. It is therefore reassuring that more companies today are beginning to realize the benefit of relying on robust, multi-feature security platforms that can help them secure their users, data, and computing environments.
The infrastructure monitoring and control platform Halo, for instance, helps enterprises protect their assets by delivering both security and compliance in a way that makes scaling automatically and being orchestrated across hybrid environments possible. The platform provides comprehensive infrastructure visibility, microsegmentation, automated compliance, and security at DevOps speed.
If your organization has not yet taken the necessary steps that will enable it to handle all the expected changes that the Third Platform will bring, now is the time to adopt a forward-thinking mindset and to explore the solutions that will make your enterprise all geared up for the future.