There is hardly any business existing today that has not been touched by technological innovation. In 2016, we saw technology touch new heights and impact business prospects positively and significantly. The IT sector especially saw major technological developments which led to major developments across the board in the sector. Analysts and experts have predicted groundbreaking changes for the year 2017 too in the IT industry.
These are the top five predictions for 2017 in the IT industry.
DevOps Is the Technology to Watch For
The DevOps movement which ensures rapid and hassle-free building, testing and releasing of software is the technology to keep a close watch on in 2017. Developers are working across companies and geographies to further improve this technology which has entered mainstream IT in 2016.
DevOps started as a social idea to bring developers and operations on the same platform. Today, it is one of the major frontiers for software development. DevOps is fast becoming an integral part of many enterprises regardless of whether it is a startup or an established IT corporate as it helps companies build, release, and scale high-quality applications at lightning speed.
Recent reports show that software deployments for companies that have adopted DevOps have increased hundred fold and have resulted in greater efficiency. No wonder then that IT businesses across the globe are turning to DevOps for developing and improving their digital businesses. In 2017, experts opine that this trend will continue at a more furious pace creating greater demand for professionals with DevOps skills.
Dynamic Infrastructure And Its Growing Importance
Many savvy organizations are of the opinion that a dynamic infrastructure can be build using the cloud server (some establishments may disagree). The cloud helps them respond speedily to new business demands by providing an adaptive infrastructure that can also satisfy added capacity needs of new customers. In 2017, dynamic infrastructure is one IT technology that will be used across diverse industries and in a big way. Some examples of this technology are Nano servers, micro servers and computing technologies that do not require any servers.
Using Right Size Services
While there is nothing unique or novel about service oriented architectures, these applications are clearly back in the limelight as they allow complex applications of large sizes to be managed by operations teams that are widely distributed. Their use was limited until 2015-16 primarily because companies were not sure about the size of services to be used and how many of them should be used for applications. Using large sized services can result in less access to benefits of these scalable architectures. Using small sized services can bring in their own set of problems.
There is a clear trend to build applications using micro services. It works on the premise that smaller the service, the easier is the maintenance part. However, there are some downsides to this. Smaller services mean you need more which in turn makes it tougher to manage the overall application architecture.
In 2017, experts say that this trend will be reversed. Right sized services are what companies will be looking at. In other words, the size of services will be in congruence with the corresponding application.
Enterprise-Quality Data Analysis for Everyone
Expensive tools and processes were required to analyze Big Data earlier but this has changed as computing capacity has increased and reporting has improved dramatically. Better and advanced analysis tools are also available now.
This trend will continue in 2017 albeit in a larger scale. Users will have easy access to sophisticated techniques to access and analyze data. Big Data will become an inherent part of daily operations as companies will learn how to make the best use of them and utilize the information for improving operational efficiency.
The growth and popularity of server-less technologies and architectures will hit a new high in 2017. Companies will enjoy freedom from having to maintain infrastructure. Monthly operational costs can be more accurately predicted and rapid scaling can be adapted by organizations across diverse industries, regardless of their size.
This technology also allows organizations to adapt to changes and developments quickly. They can focus sharply on their competitive advantage and gain lead over competitors easily. However, server-less technology is not a uniform process and must be adapted by different companies by taking into account their size of operations, unique needs and environment and future goals.
The key characteristics of server-less technology are its disparate functions. It has a tendency to introduce latency for which a solution must be found. Companies can take solace from the fact that there are frameworks available within the server-less technology that allows them to solve these issues quite easily and satisfactorily.
In 2017, businesses will have to keep a close watch on these technologies and the direction in which they move. To remain ahead of the game, they must act proactively to ensure that benefits of these emerging and developing technologies are utilized in the best possible manner.