With an enterprise information platform, the future is yours

How good are you at predicting the future of technology? It isn’t easy. Just ask the exhibitors at the 1964 World’s Fair.

More than 50 years ago, the 650-acre exposition in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, N.Y., showcased the latest technological innovations of the day and made a few bold predictions, too. Some predictions, like Bell System’s Picturephone, came true.

Others, like the self-propelled mobile homes for roadbuilders featured in the General Motors Futurama II exhibit, not quite yet.

It’s okay if the World’s Fair exhibitors weren’t 100 percent accurate. They were providing entertainment.

For you, on the other hand, understanding and preparing for future IT and business needs is critical to your organization’s success. Yet, how can you do that when you don’t know what the future holds for your enterprise?

It’s especially hard in today’s challenging IT environment. Many CIOs are finding business demands outpacing IT’s ability to meet them. This, in turn, leads lines of business to take technology purchases into their own hands, resulting in application sprawl that could jeopardize an organization’s future.

Peer into a future-proof platform

With a “future-proof” information management platform, you’re able to balance present demands while successfully preparing for tomorrow’s needs. You don’t have to accurately predict what’s next for your enterprise, because it’s able to seamlessly evolve with an ever-changing technology landscape.

Look for a platform built on continual development with ongoing releases that enable it to stay current with technological innovations. This allows it to support the latest operating systems, browsers and applications.

What’s more, as user requirements change, whether that’s adding extra users or new functionalities, you’re able to make the modifications yourself, without relying on developers or outside vendors.

But most importantly, look for a platform designed to integrate with your existing, and future, applications. This gives you seamless scalability and eliminates the risk of taking on more applications that lead to IT sprawl.

No crystal ball needed

More than 50 years ago, the World’s Fair introduced attendees to mainframe computers, CRT displays, robotic animation and a glimpse into a future that didn’t play out exactly as foretold.

Today, Gartner predicts that by 2021, more than one million new Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be sold every hour.

Will it come true?

In some ways, it doesn’t really matter. As long as your enterprise has the right information management platform that continually evolves to keep pace with current technologies, the future is yours.

Do you have an enterprise information platform that’s ready to take on the future and tackle IT sprawl? Take our quiz to find out.

Bill Filion

Bill Filion

Bill Filion is the vice president of software development for Hyland. Bill manages all development of OnBase and sets the strategic vision for continuing the education, advancement and maturation of... read more about: Bill Filion