Executive Predictions for 2018 and Beyond

2017 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 cloud became even more integral to the business and continues on that trajectory. And as Chris Wolf, VMware’s VP and CTO of Global Field and Industry, predicted, software-defined networking dramatically changed how enterprises ran their data centers and allowed them to give their network and security operations a monumental leap forward.

Now the 2018 predictions are in, and the coming year promises exciting developments in the technology space, particularly for cloud, storage, networking, and security.

Read the highlights from VMware’s 2018 predictions below.

CIO Predictions for IT Transformation in 2018

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Bask Iyer

The technologies we use, the ways we work and play, and how we interact with each other are all in flux. Looking ahead to 2018 and beyond, I am going to use the People + Process + Technology framework to frame my predictions. Most CIOs acknowledge that these three pillars work and operate well in tandem. Each has to be considered in context of the other two pillars to have a holistic and satisfying approach to workplace happiness and success along with individual career development.

Read Bask Iyer’s 2018 predictions about the changing state of IT.


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Chris Wolf

Many in the industry agree that we are in the midst of a new industrial revolution, but to reach a time when automation, augmented reality, and analytics driven by artificial intelligence becomes mainstream, a convergence of technologies is required.

As we enter 2018, the required convergence is happening. Cloud services are not constrained to cloud data centers and have the freedom to run nearly anywhere. What we will see in the next year will set the stage for the decade to come. The parts are in place to innovate incredible new solutions that will significantly alter how we live and work.

Read Chris Wolf’s 2018 predictions about the next decade of technology.

2018 PREDICTIONS: FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR IN OPEN SOURCEA close look at a dandelion that has pink and green lights shining on it.

Dirk Hohndel

In 1997, software developer Eric Raymond published an influential essay called The Cathedral and the Bazaar in which he laid out foundational ideas for many open source projects that followed. Among other things, Raymond argued that if “you have the right attitude, interesting problems will find you.”

Looking ahead to 2018, interesting problems will continue to find open source solutions. The fascinating part about open source is that there are more than 63 million projects, and the depth and breadth of that work is significant. It’s impossible to pick the next big revolutionary technology that will sprout out of open source, but history tells us this is a fertile and growing community that will continue to surprise.

Read Dirk Hohndel’s 2018 predictions about open source.

2018 HCI Predictions: Big Changes to Servers and StorageTwo buildings are reflected onto each other's outer windows.

Lee Caswell

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) will drive long-lasting changes to IT staff, servers, and storage architectures. In 2018, we will see these changes adopted most quickly by companies that are locked in competitive battles where HCI is the latest technological tool to speed responsiveness to a changing environment. Smart companies will see HCI as an essential tool where IT becomes a service to applications, rather than their master.

Read Lee Caswell’s 2018 predictions about HCI.

Cybersecurity Predictions for 2018Lights are in motion to show the fast paced movement of cars on a freeway or street in a city at nighttime.

Dennis Moreau

With the increasing sophistication, frequency, and damage caused by cyberattacks, organizations of all types continue to prioritize security. At the same time, eroding effectiveness, growing complexity, high costs, and limited talent pools are challenging existing security frameworks and methodologies. The cybersecurity industry is ripe for disruption.

Read Dennis Moreau’s 2018 predictions about Cybersecurity.