2015’s Top Ten Tech Trends

     Well, it’s a brand new year!  And for the information technology (IT) industry, 2015 brings with it even more winds of change.  Translation:  another pivotal year for the industry.

 

     According to Biosciencetechnology.com, “In the coming year, while consumers will be treated to a dizzying array of augmented reality (a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented or supplemented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data), wearables (clothing and accessories incorporating computer and advanced electronic technologies), and low-cost 3-D printers, computer researchers will be tackling the underlying technology issues that make such cutting-edge consumer electronics products possible.”  The media outlet also stated that in general, cybersecurity will continue to be a critical concern with an increased focus on security for cloud computing and deeply embedded devices.  

     So, just what will be the top 10 technology trends for 2015? Biosciencetechnology.com--as well as Forbes.com--weigh in.  They both agree that the following will majorly transform the IT landscape:

·        Computing Everywhere.  As smart-phone technology continues to advance, the devices will be used in new contexts and environments.  Along with wearables, smart-phones will offer connected screens in the workplace and in public.

·        The Internet of Things (IoT).  This is the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing devices within the existing Internet infrastructure.  Already big, it will continue to grow along with user-oriented computing.

 

 

·        3-D Printing.  It’s about to become cheaper; and over the next three years, its market will grow.  This expansion will be biggest in industrial, biomedical and consumer applications helping companies reduce costs.

·        Advanced, Pervasive, Invisible Analytics.  Analytics will continue to grow, propelled by IoT, creating large pools of data.  And, each app will need to be an analytic app.

·        Context-Rich Systems.  Thanks to embedded intelligence and analytics, systems will become alert and responsive to their surroundings.

·        Smart Machines.  Analytics and context will pave the way for smart machines that can learn for themselves and act accordingly.  And, smart machines will continue to evolve predictably at a fast pace.

·        Cloud/Client Architecture.  As mobile computing meets cloud computing, centrally coordinated applications that can be delivered to any device will continue to grow.  Expect to be able to use apps simultaneously on multiple devices.

·        Software-Defined Infrastructure and Applications.  Software defined networking, storage, data centers and security are maturing.  And thanks to rich APIs (application programming interface, which is a system of tools and resources in an operating system thus enabling developers to create software applications), cloud service software is configurable.

·        Web-Scale IT.  Many more companies will begin thinking like Amazon, Facebook and Google.  As cloud-optimized and software-defined methods become mainstream, we’ll see a move towards web-scale IT (the underlying IT infrastructure).

·        Risk-Based Security and Self-Protection.  While 100% security solutions aren’t feasible, advanced risk assessment and mitigation will come into play in the next few years.  Expect security aware application design, dynamic and static application security testing, and runtime application self-protection.

 

     Innovative, dramatic change is in the air for 2015!  Are you ready?

 

 

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