The period 2014 to 2018 will be a “vital period” for businesses worldwide to embark purposefully on their digital transformation, in order to increase, secure and consolidate growth, says Atos.
It will bring a wealth of opportunities for those “ready to ride the wave”, but also threatens to wipe out any who are unprepared, warns the French multinational IT services group.
Ahead of the Big Data Paris show, taking place in the French capital on March 10-11, Atos has published
‘Ascent Journey 2018’
, a report setting out the impact that the digital revolution will have on business between now and 2018.
The group adds that the report presents how the data life cycle is currently at the core of the digital transformation in companies and more generally in society. The way in which data is created, disseminated, analysed and processed represents both an opportunity and a challenge.
As society moves towards an increasingly connected world, by 2018 it is predicted that there will be 4.5bn smartphones, 2.5bn users on social networks and more than 25bn connected objects. The Internet of Things and Big Data are new technological sectors which will have disruptive effects on business IT.
The report notes that the increasing strength of connected objects generates thousands of billions of pieces of information, which offers a real opportunity. To ensure the value of the data is realised, data flow must be analysed in an increasingly smart way, recovered, stored and protected.
“Big Data is the challenge for a company as a whole, across all business units and not solely for the IT department,” said Arnaud Bertrand, Atos senior vice president (SVP) for Big Data and member of the Atos scientific community.
“Our mandate is clear: provide big data solutions tailored to each usage type (operational and functional departments) and to guarantee the availability of solutions ranging from infrastructure to software layers combining flexibility, security and service quality.”
The report may be accessed at: http://ascent.atos.net/
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