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Planning for 2014's
top application trends

Struggling with next year's IT priorities? Eric Johnson, CIO of Informatica, weighs in on the top trends for application leaders.

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“Forward-thinkers are differentiating themselves with data. They focus on how data is managed in applications and between applications to drive better business outcomes.”

—Eric Johnson, CIO of Informatica

It’s that time of year again. IT teams are busy planning key strategies for 2014. And while there is never a shortage of emerging trends competing for attention, some require more careful consideration this year. Solution Marketing Director Roger Nolan sat down with his colleague Eric Johnson, CIO of Informatica, to discuss the most important trends for application leaders in 2014.

Nolan: Bring Your Own Device—BYOD—is a top IT priority that you hear about a lot. How should application leaders prepare their mobile strategy?

Johnson: Application leaders must have a plan on how to manage mobile, such as who owns the devices and who owns the data on the devices. Of course, part of that requires engaging your internal legal counsel. Legal plays a role in a mobile strategy. They have to understand what IT is trying to accomplish and the risks. What’s more, legal and IT security departments must work together to make sure that the right decisions are being made regarding IT architecture.

Nolan: Information management is another top priority. How can data management help companies see what is possible?

Johnson: There is no competitive advantage in infrastructure and applications anymore. Forward-thinkers are differentiating themselves with data. They focus on how data is managed in applications and between applications to drive better business outcomes. They are providing business leaders with the tools they need to manage data more effectively.

Nolan: Let’s talk about cloud. As more and more companies become cloud-centric, how can IT staff manage what is potentially a much more complex data architecture?

Johnson: First, IT needs to figure out how to manage a public–private cloud architecture in a scalable way. Next, they need to figure out how to securely architect a cloud infrastructure to minimize liability, especially if they are hosting and managing sensitive data. Having legal and security teams work together from the beginning can really help streamline this process. Finally, vendor management will become a key success factor for IT teams as they become more dependent on services providers to provide critical business solutions.

Nolan: The consumerization of IT is another hot topic. How should application leaders address consumers’ increasing demand for applications that solve business challenges?

Johnson: In light of today’s consumerization of IT, application leaders must clearly understand what the business needs by staying close to the users, while providing proactive and timely solutions. Solution delivery should be measured in months—not years—or the business will go elsewhere. Once it is built, users need to have continued enablement of the ever-evolving solution portfolio or the value of the solutions will never be fully realized.

Learn why data should be at the root of the biggest application at your organization by reading Informatica Vice President of Global Integration Services John Schmidt’s Potential at Work article, “Make your biggest application the least visible.”

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