Technology is advancing all around us in ways that will influence how we live and work in the near future. As digital leaders, IT professionals know the importance of staying aware of these changes and driving strategic innovation.

To help you spot trends to watch in 2020, I’ve asked Lakeside thought leaders from around the globe to weigh in on where they think the digital workspace is headed next.

Trend #1: Increased cloud adoption will create visibility gaps

Quote: "Traditional monitoring tools will have their value further diminished by an uptick in cloud adoption." -- Stephen Crossan, Technical Solutions Engineer

Cloud and SaaS solutions have exploded in popularity these past few years due to their ease of delivery and consumer preference. While great for enabling anytime, anywhere access to IT resources, third-party service delivery presents visibility challenges.

“Traditional monitoring tools will have their value further diminished by an uptick in cloud adoption, leaving the endpoint as the sole surviving, and only meaningful, way to measure the performance of IT,” says Stephen Crossan, technical solutions engineer. “This will cause an unavoidable shift in the way of thinking, as now the end user becomes the instrument to measure success, whether IT teams intended it or not.”

Trend #2: DaaS growth will alter device requirements

Quote: "We're due for 2020 to start the motion towards WVD and other cloud-based solutions for desktop experiences." -- Ben Murphy, Global Director, Product Integrations

Ben Murphy, global director of product integrations, has been working alongside Microsoft to help companies assess their readiness for Windows Virtual Desktop.

Here’s how Ben sees cloud desktops influencing the industry in 2020: “Based on what I’ve seen evolving in the market I think we’re due for 2020 to start the motion towards WVD and other cloud-based solutions for desktop experiences; this should increase the rate of client devices being treated more as commodities. Eventually I anticipate this will inspire more abstraction of the actual applications into cloud services that don’t depend on a traditional workflow.”