At the beginning of every year, industry
leaders make prediction around the biggest trends and changes for the coming
year. Although sometimes these predictions end up being just that, it’s always
useful to keep an eye on this and consider it as you look towards your
strategic planning for the year.
With the Information Technology industry
and its data centres going through change at a breakneck pace, IT managers are
sure to be kept on their toes. Changes are underway to the very fundamentals of
how we create IT, how we leverage IT, and how we innovate in IT. Information
Technology has always been about finding solutions by stretching the limits of
creativity, but when so many fundamental elements shift at the same time, it becomes
both exciting and challenging even for the most experienced IT professionals.
Restructuring IT’s role:
A recent article in Forbes
suggested that in 2014 “IT becomes an agile service broker”. The numerous
changes, specifically within the BI industry, provides opportunities for
vendors to develop new products in which IT’s role will change from traditional
gatekeeper to useful helper. The increase use of Mobile, Cloud and Big Data
applications requires a shift
within IT to focus more on product configuration and software development
than issuing reports. Information Technology will ultimately provide the means
for everyday consumers to access Business Intelligence by functioning as
strategists who can grant business users’ fast-paced desires instead of
prolonging the process of delivering much needed information.
A mounting skills crisis:
Although this is not new, this issue continues to be a challenge in the
Information Technology industry. While organisations were quick to adopt and
invest in social, mobile and cloud technologies, the unexpected rise of these
technologies unleashed tremendous disruption within IT departments in all
companies. The business benefit promised by these powerful assets is undeniable
and therefore requires a dramatic change in the culture and skills base within
Big data requires a completely different
set of skills focusing on data analysis, the new mobility of employees and use
of social platforms are creating a skills gap in terms of design and architecture
of applications and user interfaces. Experts believe that nearly all of the 30
fastest-growing occupations in the next decade will demand workers skilled in
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). But the supply of these
highly skilled workers is not growing fast enough to meet the demand.
Developers continue to rule:
If there's one common thread through all of these
predictions, it's Marc Andreessen's two-year-old declaration that software is eating the world. There simply aren’t enough
skilled developers to write code for the numerous platforms. The changes within
data centre with infrastructure becoming programmable are adding to the
increase on demand for these skills. With insatiable demand comes high salaries
and status, at least for those with the right combination of skills.
Mobile Apps and Applications:
push HTML5 and the browser as a mainstream application development environment.
This year developers are sure to focus more on creating expanded user interface
models including richer voice and video that can connect people in new and
different ways. The increase use of mobile devices will require the building of
application user interfaces that span a variety of devices and knowledge about
assembling this into optimized content for each device.
The market for tools to create consumer and
enterprise facing apps is complex with well over 100 potential tools vendors.
For the next few years no single tool will be optimal for all types of mobile
application so expect to employ several.
Time will only tell, but one thing is for
sure change will be a constant in this industry and that is one prediction that
is sure to come true.
Do you think these are realistic
predictions for the year? Share with us your thoughts on what will shake up
Information Technology in the next 12 months.
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