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Enterprise Technology Landscape Faces Huge Changes by 2025

November 17, 2015

Recently we heard all about how the rise of mobile enterprise technology was poised to shake things up for not only employees, but also for investors. Fujitsu recently offered up some discussion on this point and offered a glimpse into the future packed with ideas on big changes ahead - proving that perhaps the only constant on Earth is change.

Perhaps the biggest change would come from the increased demand for a mobile workforce. With 53 million people doing freelance work in the United States—just over a third of the total national workforce—telecommuting has never been so credible. Considering that Millennials may push that number up to 89 percent thanks to preferences about work and the growth of mobile enterprise technology, businesses may need to be prepared to accommodate that interest.

Fujitsu's thought leaders also expect a greater connection between enterprise applications and personal applications. This makes a particular sense in light of recent discovery that overly-complex apps are considered a major problem for business users.

Many small business users, and even plenty of larger-scale business users, have been seen turning to consumer apps to accomplish day-to-day tasks as these often just work better. Fujitsu projects that, within 10 years the, bring your own device (BYOD) doctrine will become “bring your own datacenter.”

Finally, Fujitsu also projects big changes in cyber security. With so many new connections afoot, and so many new users, there will be that many more potential access points for hackers. Though most security breaches—Fujitsu's chief information officer Neil Jarvis notes—are done mostly to prove the breach can be done, the need to protect against any breach is increasingly vital. With criminals' knowledge expanding, and data becoming an increasingly valuable commodity as big data fodder, more breaches with more definite targets are likely to come around and need defense against.

The increased value of data, coupled with the more potential access points for that data, will make things difficult for the corporations of a decade out. Yet businesses will be hard-pressed to just shut down remote access in the face of a workforce that wants flexibility on hand for fear of losing access to the best talent in the field. Businesses that want to compete in the field of 2025 may have little choice but to ramp up security and hope for the best; it would also be worthwhile to stop looking so hard at perimeter security and instead consider encryption. Stopping every breach in its tracks may be a forlorn hope, but making data unusable is a comparatively simpler matter.

Regardless, the business world of 2025 will likely be greatly changed from what it is today, just as 2005's business world looks almost unrecognizable from 2015. Change is perhaps the only constant left in business, and the future's advancements may be completely unforeseeable.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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