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Tech predictions: How will IT change in 2015?

Natali Vlatko
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What hot tech trends will take centre stage in 2015? From the most in demand skills to expected new growth, we take a look at the IT predictions for the coming year that have many IT experts hot under the collar.

There’s a lot to expect in 2015 for IT, so we’ve scoured the web for all major trend analyses and tech predictions and brought together the things you need to know.

Up in the cloud

Cloud technology is not to be underestimated.  In his report on a development trinity for cloud computing in 2015, Ofir Nachmani predicts that the migration, management and incorporation of DevOps into businesses will play a central role (more on that below). Meanwhile, Amazon is forecast to maintain its place as the number one cloud provider for the time being, despite some stiff competition emerging.

Cloud adoption continues to rise, with many companies looking to capitalise on cloud computing’s cost benefits. The volatile climate of the marketplace for cloud in 2014 won’t deter from companies’ continued investment in the technology, so skills in this area are also going to be highly sought-after.

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Although it has been the source of much ridicule, Cloud is most definitely a mainstream part of IT today. Its rapid growth can be attributed to its value proposition, as well as the uptake of cloud by many apps and workloads that were never expected to use it. These cloud-converts are often running faster and leaner than ever before, with the added bonus of cloud being seen as secure as on-premise infrastructure. Thus, increased security innovations are expected to lead to even higher cloud adoption rates.

According to PC World’s infographic about the trends in cloud adoption and maturity, 43% of business wish they had adopted cloud technology. However, speaking of security…

Cybersecurity turned up to 11

With Sony, Adobe and eBay (not to mention a number of celebrities) being targeted by cybercriminals last year, there is no doubt that security skills and security development will be a top trend and priority in 2015, as there is an increasing need to amp up security against Malware that wipes data and master boot records to render systems inoperable.

On top of this, bugs such as Heartbleed and Shellshock exposed vulnerabilities in open source infrastructure, with further exploitation of bugs expected in 2015. In order to combat the expected surge, patching software and upgrading devices will be paramount, and companies will be looking to have their staff equipped with cybersecurity skills and certifications.

The folks over at Information is Beautiful have rendered a great amount of data to showcase the latest data breaches and hacks.

Big uptake of Big Data

Big Data is still a big deal. The buzz is still going strong and the prediction from Suzanne Kattau is that “2015 will be the year in which organizations will move Big Data deployments beyond initial batch implementations into real time”. The continuous access and processing of events and data in real time will be an important trend for companies to gain constant awareness and take immediate action.

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Hadoop’s booming ecosystem was a major highlight in 2014. MapR CEO and co-founder John Schroeder now predicts that the market will concentrate on the architecture required to integrate Hadoop into the data centre and deliver business results. Schroeder’s other predictions include data agility emerging as a top focus, self-service Big Data going mainstream and Hadoop vendor consolidation.

Read more about Schroeder’s predictions as reported by Suzanne Kattau here.

DevOps as a profession

DevOps will be given a degree of legitimacy as an all out profession come 2015, as an increasing number of businesses want to modernize and align their IT areas. The preference for fast-paced DevOps collaboration can be difficult to adopt for some companies, however the prospect of making their environment more efficient and maintainable after adopting cloud technology will be the push that transforms DevOps from concept into a legitimate, evolving position.

As Nachmani explains, the core aspect of DevOps is the capability of knowing the environment, which traditional enterprises will need to get on board with in order to deliver new services at a reasonable expense, and with the agility to react to any future unknowns. Of course, the problem then is finding the talent to keep up with the growth:

From now on, more automation is necessary, but the world is still dealing with a lack of appropriate skills in the workforce.

On the Social side

It’s no secret that social media apps have been on the decline in favour of messaging apps. However some VCs are going so far as to claim that the “social media phase of the internet has ended” , as Dave Smith reports.

Three months after Facebook acquisition, mobile messaging service WhatsApp has continued to expand its user base to 700 million active users per month. The eclipsing of standard social media apps is helped by the fact that messaging apps have become platforms in their own right. Video, photo-sharing, games and even peer-to-peer money transfers are available together with text-messaging on your smartphone.

Cybersecurity again comes into play here, with WhatsApp having introduced encryption for messages between Android users.

What are your thoughts on these predictions? Let us know in the comments.

Natali Vlatko
An Australian who calls Berlin home, via a two year love affair with Singapore. Natali was an Editorial Assistant for (S&S Media Group).

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