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Adaptiva Names Surge in Windows 10 Adoption Among Major Enterprise IT Industry Predictions for 2017

Company Expects Increased Focus on Security Automation, Software Deployment from the Cloud, and Unified Endpoint Management Models

SEATTLE, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Adaptiva, the market leader in smart scaling systems management, today announced their top predictions for enterprise IT in 2017. As businesses continue to try to keep pace with today's data-driven economy, IT departments are often on the frontlines to deliver innovation throughout their organization. This broadened role increases the pressure on enterprise IT personnel to do more with their current infrastructure and rapidly deliver technologies to a global workforce. Adaptiva predicts the next year will bring an increased emphasis on technologies that drive productivity and efficiency for IT, including a surge in Windows 10 adoption, software deployment via the cloud, unified endpoint management, and security automation.


"Business leaders are increasingly becoming dependent on enterprise IT personnel to boost productivity at every level within a company, while keeping costs down and their data safe. Faster software release cycles and increased security threats add to the demands that today's IT professionals face. In 2017, expect enterprise IT departments to look to automation solutions across a wide variety of areas, including Windows 10 and endpoint security, to keep up with the pace of innovation," said Jim Souders, chief operating officer of Adaptiva.

Adaptiva predicts the following shifts in enterprise IT during 2017:

  1. 2017 will be remembered as the year of universal enterprise Windows 10 adoption. Windows 10 quickly raked in more than 20% of the consumer software market with downloads on 400 million devices in 15 months—breaking both Windows 7 and 8's adoption records. However, enterprise migration is slower as companies evaluate the cost and complexity of moving onto Microsoft's newest operating system. According to Adaptiva's 2016 Windows 10 Enterprises Adoption Survey, many enterprises (41%) have gone so far as to actively resist the move by using software to prevent or disable Windows 10 installation. That's all expected to change in the coming year as over half of those survey takers (64%) plan to make the switch within the next 6 months. Much of this exodus will be voluntary, but if the pace loses its steam you can expect to see maneuvers by Microsoft to keep the ball rolling. This could include bold steps to reduce support for Windows 7/8/8.1 or promotions that sweeten the pot with Microsoft Azure and Office 365 to get reluctant IT departments to switch.
  2. Forty-percent of software deployment will go through the cloud by 2018. "More than $1 trillion in IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud during the next five years," Gartner says. Software deployment, which has traditionally been immune to the draw of the cloud, is primed to flip the switch. We will see a surge of enterprises on this trajectory between now and 2018 as they convert from traditional on-premise server infrastructures to the cloud for deploying software. These new technologies will make deployments easier, automatic, and less impactful on companies' networks. This is supported by Adaptiva's recent Cloud Adoption Survey, which showed 40% of the 300 IT respondents plan to use the cloud for software deployment in the next two years.
  3. In 2017, a few industry giants will emerge to define the holy grail of unified endpoint management (UEM). With an increasingly mobile workforce and an ever-growing list of devices leveraged to do their jobs anytime from anywhere, companies must find ways to embrace Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) usage in the workplace. With all the buzz in 2016, it's clear IT departments want a unified endpoint management model to improve efficiency by supporting software distributions and security updates to all devices (whether a laptop, tablet, mobile phone, or wearable) from a single interface. With the endpoint evolution in full swing, only a select group of industry giants will demonstrate they have what it takes to keep up with the pace of change. As top Client Management platforms continue their integrations with top Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platforms, watch for a couple of key players to emerge who will be capable of truly delivering on the vision for unified endpoint management in the near term.
  4. In 2017, cyber defense will become the name of the game as enterprises use automated security solutions to thwart attacks in real-time. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, data breaches have increased by 15% in 2016 compared to last year with more than 29 million records being exposed. Gartner adds it's only going to get worse as "the continuing evolution of the 'hacker industry' and its use of increasingly sophisticated tools — including the same advanced technologies available to enterprises — significantly increase the threat potential." The cost of cleaning up after just one of these cybercrimes can easily exceed $4 million, according to IBM and the U.S.-based Ponemon Institute's 2016 Cost of Data Breach Study. Even if they can foot the bill, a company's reputation may never heal. Enterprises are increasingly looking to stop these attacks where they most often occur – on their employees' PCs. Expect enterprises to fight back by implementing automated solutions that identify and resolve endpoint security issues in real-time without manual intervention. To safeguard their data, companies will seek out adaptive security architectures that can identify security issues and react immediately with defensive actions.

About Adaptiva

Adaptiva is a leading, global provider of IT systems management solutions that advance the power of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. Founded in 2004 by the lead architect of Microsoft SMS 2003, Adaptiva enables IT professionals to securely speed enterprise-wide software deployments without adding costly servers or throttling network bandwidth. The company's breakthrough peer-to-peer systems management technology uses intelligence, automation, and bandwidth optimization techniques to distribute content faster than any other systems management solution available today. Adaptiva's suite of smart scaling systems management products include OneSite™ for rapid content distribution and management, Client Health™ for endpoint security, troubleshooting, and remediation, and Green Planet™ for energy-efficient Wake-on-LAN capabilities. The company's software is used by Fortune 500 companies and deployed on millions of devices in over 100 countries. Learn more at adaptiva.com.

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