This has to be one of the most detailed lists of information technology trends for this year from Comptia. I love Comptia! It has treated me very well when I take classes in computer systems, programming and such. Anyways, back on subject. The trends talked about here are focusing on areas where there are higher expectations in business value, security, transparency and equal access.
3 Key Points
- The IT sector projections are that it’s to grow 5% this year
- Evolving tech labor market will create both challenges and opportunities
- There’s a balancing act of incrementations and transformations
12 Trends of Information Technology to Watch
1. Open Source Concepts – Allows more people to create in more inventive ways.
- Able to build more applications using blockchain, natural language, and context-aware algorithms
- Use cases include drones, robotics, and 3D printing
2. Cloud Keeps on Growing – Presently for non-critical use.
- Moving data on to where companies can store and use any program in the Cloud
- The system is rebuilt to maximize cloud characteristics
- Companies have to change policies and workflow which will be more difficult than dealing with implementing the Cloud itself. Something to consider.
3. Internet of Things – These types of devices are really making an impact in the business world.
- There are many benefits for using these devices, but companies aren’t considering system connectivity and optimization, plus IT responsibilities
4. Artificial Intelligence – This is the one to focus on.
- The one most likely to change the IT environment
- Requires computational resources which found in the Cloud
- Algorithms allowing learning through making new products or services
- The contextual awareness which can come from IoT devices or big collections of data
5. Cyber Security – Incidents are occurring more and more.
- It has to change to meet the challenges that attackers give them
- More and more advanced methods of attack to face down
6. IT May No Longer be Given the Benefit of the Doubt – Tech is so pervasive that we don’t know where it begins or ends.
- Because of how beneficial tech is to us, when something flops we usually give the benefit of the doubt
- Signs are showing that we’re now beginning to hold technology accountable for mistakes that happen unlike before
- Questions dealing with security, privacy and screen time issues come up all the time now
7. Insights Economy – Learning about customers wants and needs.
- Machine learning and artificial intelligence are driving this and supporting it
- Pattern recognition, predictive analytics, natural language processing, and computer vision is what supports the new insight economy
8. Upgrading Digital Expertise in the Boardroom – Got to have people who are tech savvy so they can run things smoothly
- Tech initiatives include infrastructure, mobile environments, data, and integrations
- Have to have the feel for the tech landscape in the boardroom
- Cybersecurity and data governance will be followed, not just known like before
9. New Collar Jobs Increasing – How does technology work in different industries?
- IoT is making new jobs, new categories of learning and technologists
- Learn both hard and soft skills, not just a four-year degree
10. Online Marketplaces – Friend or Foe of the Traditional Market
- Online stores are changing the market in all sectors
- Brick and mortar stores just have to make some changes to keep up, along with looking out for new challenges, but it can be done
11. Subscription Prices Harder to Figure Out – How will you price your products and/or services?
- Make sure to learn Accounting Standards Codification 606 which came out in December 2017
- PSA tools like ConnectWise can possibly help with that
12. As-A-Service World – That’s the tech landscape in a nutshell.
- New technologies are beginning to intrude into the as-a-service world
- More and more customers are using as-a-service and expect much from it. Companies have to make sure that they are really up to date and not just talking.
There are huge changes that are coming and your company needs to keep up or be left. There are new markets coming to play that can be taken advantage of. For example, there’s authentication-as-a-service, analytics-as-a-service, artificial-intelligence-as-a-service, drones-as-a-service with many more coming along. To keep up with all the changes invest in training for new skills, workforce development, and many more areas to be able to take better advantage. Time to start planning for the future.