Executive Predictions for 2017 and Beyond

2016 has been a memorable and eventful year for technology innovation. As VMware and Dell Technologies CIO Bask Iyer predicted, among other things, the role of the CIO became even more integral to the business and continues on that trajectory. And as Noah Wasmer, VMware’s SVP of mobile engineering and product management for end-user computing, predicted, enterprise mobility evolved rapidly from the beginnings of business mobility—with BYOD and easier access to workplace apps and services—to a full digital workspace that enables people to truly love their work.

Now the 2017 predictions are in, and the coming year promises exciting developments in the technology space, particularly for cloud, storage, networking, and security.

Read the predictions highlights from VMware executives below.


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Chris Wolf

Industrial revolutions are not just big bang flashes of technology breakthroughs, but rather the result of countless incremental advancements that ultimately culminate in what we look back upon as significant historical innovations. 2017 will bring many of those incremental but historically significant innovations into the mainstream.

Read Chris Wolf’s 2017 predictions about the third industrial revolution.


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Lee Caswell

Over the course of 2016, we’ve seen the rapid adoption of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI)—powered by the latest release of VMware vSAN™ 6.5 and VMware vSphere 6.5—shape VMware’s vision of the Cross-Cloud Architecture™ and serve as a building block to the software-defined data center (SDDC). In 2017, we predict HCI will take center stage, particularly as the expansion of data into the cloud influences our day-to-day management, expectations of, and patience with, the data center.

Read Lee Caswell’s 2017 predictions about hyper-converged infrastructure.


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Kit Colbert

No doubt about it, 2016 was the year of the container. With new open source projects launched by major players across the board (including VMware, which launched vSphere Integrated Containers as an open source project), the momentum behind containerized, cloud-native infrastructure is undeniable. What does 2017 have in store, then?

Read Kit Colbert’s 2017 predictions to find out what’s to come for cloud-native applications.


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Tom Corn

More than ever before, security is top of mind for organizations. In 2016, we witnessed multiple large-scale cyber attacks across industries, to the point that it seemed like rarely a day went by when the news wasn’t plastered with revelations of a massive data breach or some other online threat. As data center infrastructure increasingly moves to the cloud, new security approaches are needed.

As we gear up for the New Year, let’s take a step back to reflect on where we’ve been—and where we’re going—in terms of security.

Read Tom Corn’s 2017 predictions about security.


bask-predictions-hero-1280x675A CIO Perspective: Looking Ahead At Market And Technology Trends

Bask Iyer

As I look ahead at where market and technology is headed for 2017 and beyond, I am excited about several trends. The key theme across them is one of interconnection. These are not ten independent trends, but instead ten interwoven and increasingly sophisticated forces coming together with great momentum.

  1. Mobility Plus
  2. Cloud Plus
  3. IoT
  4. Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers
  5. Uberization of IT
  6. IT-Driven Innovation and Superior Customer Experiences
  7. Shadow IT = Business IT
  8. Manufacturing Returns to the U.S.
  9. Leadership
  10. Open Source

Read Bask Iyer’s 2017 predictions from a CIO’s perspective.


networking-predictions-hero-1280x675What’s To Come For Networking

Bruce Davie

As I suggested at VMworld this year, networking is undergoing a major transformation, and this will become more clear in 2017. This post is a little different from some of the other prediction posts you may have read from VMware, which cover everything from the Third Industrial Revolution to hyper-converged infrastructure to security. Put simply, we think networking is different. We’re not just seeing a few modest changes that will take place in networking; we’re looking at a fundamental shift.

Read Bruce Davie’s 2017 predictions about networking.


chris-wolf-part-2-hero-1280x675The Third Industrial Revolution: Beyond 2017

Chris Wolf

We’re in an exciting time in IT. Everything we see and touch is smarter and more connected than ever. Machine learning is empowering the rapid evolution of various systems. Virtual and augmented reality are changing how we interact with what’s real or what we’d like to experience. Healthcare is increasingly safer and more precise, and people anywhere can learn practically anything. No doubt—there is much to look forward to in our technological future.

In this post, I’ll focus on a few areas of innovation that are under the radar to some but can have a significant impact in the future.

Read Chris Wolf’s predictions about the third industrial revolution beyond 2017.


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Paul Stephenson

There is so much excitement in virtualization and cloud innovation right now, and I’m proud to work at a place that is on the bleeding edge of new technology that provides flexibility and security to everyday consumers and those in the highest levels of government.

When people ask me about 2017, I tell them what I can see on the horizon: cloud apps, virtualization, and containers. I can’t predict much beyond that because things tend to continue on a rather settled path until the next “revolution,” when everything takes off.

Read Paul Stephenson’s 2017 predictions.


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Tim Merrigan

Information, and therefore information technology, is central and critical to learning and education—now more than ever. When we conceptualize and visualize the next generation of our work in higher education IT, we should also look through the principles of learning itself. Whether we’re drawing new information and insights from a series of trial-and-error solutions, careful testing of hypotheses and theories, or an existing body of knowledge, we can apply the same lessons of learning to the technology that powers the learning environment.

Read Tim Merrigan’s predictions for education in 2017.