By James Warner, senior web developer at NexSoftSys
Professional analysts often look at the trends and predict what is to come on the basis of their analysis. In terms of the predictions in the IT domain, a lot of events this year hinted toward a prosperous future for Internet of Things (IoT), mobile application and software development.
Deloitte Technology, Media, and Telecommunication (TMT) predicts that IT as a service (ITaaS), which is already a multi-billion-dollar industry, will evolve to be an even bigger industry.
This prediction is based on the existing trend where international organisations are willing to avail of the offerings of Software IT outsourcing companies because of greater profit with less investment. This trend promises a growth for outsourcing partners and vendors.
Virtual reality (VR) though nothing new will be available in an enhanced version for mobile phones and PlayStation lovers in 2017. The year 2016 saw release of Oculus Rift and also Samsung VR Gear.
If the VR sets deliver on the experience that is promised, then the application world will see a huge boom and competition to be compatible with the virtual reality headsets.
Globally renowned research and advisory firm, Forrester Research Inc., predicts that IoT will continue to fuel businesses in different ways.
On one hand, IoT would provide opportunities for wireless networking and become a preferred solution. On the other hand, it would be targeted by hackers prompting the users to pave way for security certifications.
Belatrix, a software company, predicts that 2017 will witness companies giving importance to testing. In the years gone by, the major focus has been on development of software or mobile applications and now companies are realizing the importance of testing. This has encouraged companies to create testing protocols and standards for software IT outsourcing.
Machine learning and artificial intelligence are not new to the coming year; but these advances will find more use in 2017. Companies are figuring out ways to incorporate these technologies in their daily operations to make work easy.
While giants like Google have already started using these, many others are in process of incorporating them.
Experts believe that the demand for micro services will be slightly more than what it was in the previous year. This means that web services like service-oriented architecture (SOA) will get the due importance.
But, this might also indicate toward a fierce competition on the pricing front for the micro services providers.
Each year brings in a new trend and to meet up with that a lot of companies launch new offerings. One such example is a programming language.
Facebook launched Hack in 2014, Mozilla launched Rust, etc. Each year has a tech giant venturing into the world of programming language and if the predictions are to be believed this year will be no exception.
There is also a solid forecast for rise in cloud-based services. When cloud initially came into the picture, companies were reluctant to rely on it. But, they are gradually now accepting it as a standard. The predictors suggest a sharp rise in the revenues of the cloud-based service providers.
So far, digital transformation has been confined to Fortune 100 companies. But, a growing interest suggests, that this phenomenon will hit other enterprises as well making them have a dedicated team to lead organisation-wide initiatives.
This trend will slowly begin rising from 2017 and will continue to rise in the years to come.
The last important prediction, which is based on simply observing other predictions, is that there will be a rise in demand for skilled professionals who are agile and quick to learn the new technologies.
For instance, creating applications that will give users a piece of augmented reality would require professionals who have a knack of continuously up skilling themselves.
When cloud initially came into the picture, companies were reluctant to rely on it. But, they are gradually now accepting it as a standard
The predictions rely on trends that were seen in 2016 and also on the analysis of the interest shown by companies in different sectors. One thing to note is that political, environmental, and economical factors come into play when we talk about these predictions coming true.
For instance, in terms of the political factors, Donald Trump won the US presidential elections. His decisions regarding important aspects like outsourcing and immigration will affect the predictions.
Similarly, in terms of the environmental factors, a natural disaster might change some important happenings in the current year. Economic factors refer to different countries strategies that can impact the workforce or infrastructure.
A positive outlook toward the determinants show a promising 2017 for IT industry. This is not limited to 2017 but seems to continue to years to come.
About the blogger
James Warner is working as senior web developer at NexSoftSys, a web application and software IT outsourcing in USA and India.
James writes about emergency technology, innovative quotes, social media news and online marketing.