2018 Top 3 IT Trends

Here are my predictions in no particular order…

CyberSecurity:

This is a slight repetition from previous years but with 2017 breaches at Equifax and Cloudflare more and more companies are finding CyberSecurity harder to ignore.  In fact, annual training/re-training is very common for employees & contractors.

Blockchain:

Made popular by the crypto-currency Bitcoin, organizations are looking at Blockchain.  Not only is it secure, but it also provides a decentralized mechanism to store data.  Even though centralized data centres typically have mirror sites, many organizations would suffer greatly if the primary and backup sites were compromised.

Data:

I realize Data is a fairly generic topic, but there is so much Data out there.  Skills relating to Data Science, Data Analysis, and Big Data are sure to be in demand.  In fact, Data Science is even offered as a post-graduate degree.

Other Considerations:

  • APIs
  • Analytics
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2016 Top 3 IT Trends

Here are my predictions in no particular order…

Security:

Security continues to be a hot topic especially since the hack of the Ashley Madison site.  Prior to that it seemed that security was only really taken seriously by the high volume websites and large organizations.  In 2016, it is highly likely that organizations across the board will pay more attention to security.  All it takes is a single hack to put a company out of business.

With that said, security certifications are likely to be in demand.  Here’s a link for more information:

Best Information Security Certifications For 2016

Containerization:

The popularity of Docker is on the rise and it should be.  Containerization makes sense for so many reasons.  The problem today is that it only really supports Linux.

Although Microsoft is behind in this game, it may not be that far behind.  Currently, the Azure Container Service does allow you to create and manage clusters of hosts pre-configured with Docker and others.  If Microsoft can build on that and include support for Windows Server containers, this area is sure to explode.

Big Data:

Having volumes of data doesn’t mean a lot if you don’t know what to do with it.  Employing the right analytics can give your organization that competitive edge.  The current toolset (e.g. Hadoop/Spark/etc.) is somewhat mature and continues to get better.

Big Data has many touch points but the ones that stand out the most are IoT (Internet of Things) and Cloud.  For this reason, I believe the presence of Big Data will continue to evolve.