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MARCH 2017 2 www.InformationWeek.com C O N T E N T S P O T L I G H T How New Data Centers Gave Large Texas School Districts Peace of Mind P R O V I D E D B Y N E X T » « P R E V I O U S 5 Priorities Keeping IT Execs up at Night in 2017 The fast-moving technology landscape offers great things to come. But looming challenges are also sure to keep IT executives awake with worry. By Andrew Froehlich N ew infrastructure technologies and IT projects are exciting. Many of us in the IT industry look with positivity toward the various IT-related projects and responsibilities that we will be tasked with during the course of 2017. Yet, surrounding our optimistic and upbeat feelings, IT leaders must be cognizant of the potential pitfalls that new projects may hold. Today, we're going to cover five enterprise IT issues that may end up keeping you up late at night with worry and concern. Staffing skills A concern that is almost always on the minds of IT leaders revolves around the skills of their IT employees. Because technology is evolving so rapidly, expertise in many areas of IT can be difficult to find. In 2017, the IT skills gap issue is only expected to get worse. This is especially true in the IT fields of software development, database administration and data security. So, expect many IT executives to have staffing skills on the brain in the coming year. Legacy apps (Keep them, move them, or move on?) Most enterprise organizations have at least a few applications they consider to be legacy in nature. Those applications have chugged along for years without much thought regarding a roadmap to either abandon or modernize the system. But this year, IT leaders may be forced to take a good look at their legacy applications and make some serious decisions. The reason they will be forced to make these decisions is due to the fact that cloud services and advancements in virtualization technologies are making it easier to migrate legacy applications to a third party service provider to manage. So the question then becomes, should you continue to manage legacy applications in-house, migrate them to the cloud, or abandon the application in favor of a modern application architecture. This is a difficult decision to make as they all have pros and cons.

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