Part 5

Technology trends for 2017: What trend will be particularly important this year?

JAX Editorial Team
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2017 is finally here, so it’s time to see which technology trends might become important this year. We asked six people to weigh in on the technologies that may gain momentum or make a comeback in 2017.

Some say 2016 was a good year for technology, others are happy 2017 is finally here. No matter how good or bad 2016 was,  there’s one thing everybody likes about a new year: it comes with a clean slate. We asked six people to talk about the technologies that might occupy a central position in the tech scene this year.

6 answers: What technology trend will be particularly important in 2017?

Lukas Eder: SQL will celebrate a great comeback. A lot of people appreciate that this ancient technology, which has always accompanied us through all languages including C, C++, Delphi, Java, and newer languages, still kicks ass, or better: has really started kicking ass since cost based optimization has started working so well.

Imagine machine learning applied to SQL optimization! No one would ever manually write an algorithm again, all algorithms would be written in this funky, weird 4GL. Finally!

SQL will celebrate a great comeback.

Steve Naidamast: Unfortunately, I don’t see many of the ongoing technology trends that will continue into 2017 very positively.  Mobile technologies will continue to be bandied about as if they were the greatest invention since sliced bread.  If only this were true.  

Instead, the sociological results of the use of such equipment have been devastating to young people especially where many have grown up using such devices in place of their minds for even the simplest of thinking-based tasks.  Most people today can’t seem to leave home without one. What did we do without them prior to 2000?  

Big Data is another trend that will continue to be reinforced by both big businesses for marketing purposes and the intelligence agencies for surveillance purposes. In both cases, the massive processing of such enormous amounts of data does not appear to be doing anyone any good except for strictly political purposes. The offshoot of this will be the further adoption of cloud services, which have a lower security threshold than that of a company hosting its own applications.

In this mix, you will see a continued and possibly enlarged fight by technically savvy personnel who are interested in maintaining users’ privacy on their equipment. All of this has created a situation similar to what military historians have called, “mourning war”, which over time has shown to be quite a useless endeavor as no one ever can win… As with any form of warfare…

Nicolai Parlog: Modularity.

Big Data will be part of 2017.

Ivan Kusalic: I expect that some of the less mainstream technologies will move to mainstream usage. But instead of blindly trying to guess which, I’ll provide a slightly different answer — team building, communication between business and technical sides, motivation, hiring and other similar topics will still be more important than any single technology.

Jonas Helming: Language Server Protocol will play a big role in the development of dev tools in the future.

Kai Spichale: We will be more concerned with smart devices, from electric cars to smart homes. There are going to be many new services, apps, and platforms developed for electric cars.

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