Technology is moving at an incredible pace these days. To think that Facebook only launched 12 years ago and now it’s almost a fixture in our everyday lives. Little known companies such as Twitter and Youtube came on the scene only 10 years ago. We now live in a world where self-driving cars are actually a real thing and will soon become ‘normal’. Information technology has been crucial to the advancement of technology and the future seems even brighter. Now with 2017 coming quick around the corner what are the information technology trends we can expect?
To the general public the term ‘bimodal IT’ is still relatively unknown however, most IT companies are very much aware of the impact it’s having in the industry. The info tech consultancy Gartners created the term and defines it as “the practice of managing two separate but coherent styles of work: one focused on predictability; the other on exploration. Mode 1 is optimized for areas that are more predictable and well-understood. It focuses on exploiting what is known, while renovating the legacy environment into a state that is fit for a digital world. Mode 2 is exploratory, experimenting to solve new problems and optimized for areas of uncertainty.” The integration of bimodal IT is expected to improve software development processes and achieve goals quicker. The IT industry is still understanding this new trend but it looks to be one that will be around for a while.
IT automation can be defined as “the linking of disparate systems and software in such a way that they become self-acting or self-regulating.” Very similar to how many industrial tasks have now become automated, the same is expected of digital technology. The idea is to automate basic computer tasks to increase process efficiency and quality. The future of automation will not be limited to just technical firms but to a whole range of businesses. The services that can be automated will minimise human errors while increasing productivity.
IoT (Internet of Things)
If you have anything to do with technology and you haven’t heard of IoT then you probably need to come out from under the rock you’ve been living in. It’s basically a digital environment where all electronic devices are connected. The Internet of Things is now really starting to pick up and will be huge in the years to come. Industries ranging from transportation to healthcare will adopt software and hardware that utilises the IoT. Many IT companies appreciate the magnitude of this and are already developing products and services accordingly.
Of course, no one can predict the future, however, there are always trends to look out for that have the potential to shape the upcoming years. IT companies are now more inquisitive than ever to understand these trends and to know how to capitalize on them.
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