As we said farewell (or in many ways, good riddance) to 2017 and ushered in 2018, the technology world took stock of the trends that shaped the year and cast an eye towards the future in search of the next big thing.In the IT industry, predictions pieces appear as frequently as a blinking light in a data centre. But how do future gazing companies arrive at these predictions, which can range from the conservative to the utterly farfetched? More to the point, is the whole concept of annual predictions outdated given the breakneck speed at which technology is evolving?A formula in science is concise, it’s about expressing information clearly. The art of prediction in itself is a vital ingredient for business continuity and excellence. It’s an element of what every business is or should be striving for – to be able to predict and anticipate what current and future customers will need, before they even know it themselves. But how much of this process is actually led by the … [Read more...] about Business technology predictions: an art or a science?
Tech predictions 2017
Tech predictions: Love them or hate them, they are a time-honored tradition, one that provides the opportunity to reflect on the year passed and prepare for the year ahead. 2017 was a good year for devsecops—this year it evolved from a semi-obscure concept to a viable enterprise function. That evolution was fueled in great part by the rapid expansion of the container and container markets, which are inherently intertwined with devops and devsecops. Generally speaking, rapid growth and innovation tend to make predictions more of an art than a science, but I’m still willing to give it a shot.With more than 12 billion image pulls from the Docker Hub and a maturing container ecosystem, we are barely seeing the tip of the iceberg as far as devsecops in the enterprise is concerned. However, I believe that in 2018 that’s what we’ll be seeing: the start of foundational change. Here’s what I think it will look like:1. Corporate leaders and IT stakeholders … [Read more...] about 3 predictions for devsecops in 2018
Tech executives are optimistic as they head into 2017. One of the biggest reasons for the hopeful outlook is the fact that business and IT are finally on the same page, with planned technology projects and overall strategic business goals closely aligned for the upcoming year.Bolstering productivity and enhancing customer connections and services are two of next year's top priorities for both business and IT, according to the results of the Computerworld Tech Forecast 2017 survey. To hit those targets, enterprises will continue on the path to digital transformation, deepening their commitment to big data and analytics, as well as cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS).Overall, 78% of the 196 IT leaders who responded to the survey ranked their organizations as either keeping pace with or well into the digital transformation process. Just 6% reported they're ahead of the curve, while 11% said the process is not going well.That's in keeping with findings by research firm IDC, … [Read more...] about Tech Forecast 2017: IT sharpens its focus
After a surprisingly robust 2017, our collective attentions now turn to the new year, and many questions arise as to what will happen in 2018. Some developments will likely be obvious extensions to themes or ideas that started to take hold over the past 12 months, but there are always a few surprises as well. Exactly what those unexpected developments prove to be is virtually impossible to foretell, but here’s a reasoned look at some key themes I expect to drive important advances in the tech industry in 2018. Prediction 1: AI Will Start to Enable Empathetic, Intelligent Computing Image: Andy Kelly As powerful and advanced as the tech products we use everyday may be, it’s still a stretch to call them “intelligent.” Sure, they can perform impressive tasks, but in many ways, they still can’t do the simplest of things, particularly in helping us do what we “meant to do” or thought to do, as opposed to exactly what we told them to do. The problem … [Read more...] about 7 Tech Predictions for 2018
This story is part of our Road Trip 2016 summer series "Life, Disrupted," about how technology is helping with the global refugee crisis -- if at all. Just over a year ago, Ekaterina Rzhechitskaya and her husband began seriously considering an offer they hadn't expected their company to make: a relocation from their home in Ukraine's capital to a tiny province in Canada. Rzhechitskaya, pregnant with her first child, was anxious to escape her country's deepening troubles. A deadly Russian separatist movement had been pulling Ukraine apart for months. RevJet, the digital marketing company she'd worked at for two years, had offices near the parliament in Kiev, where bloody protests were occurring. The couple didn't feel safe. Accepting RevJet's proposal, however, would take her family half a world from the people she loves. She wasn't sure she was ready to be so far away. "The hardest part about leaving was knowing we would be separated," says Rzhechitskaya from RevJet's new offices in … [Read more...] about From Ukraine with hope: A tale of tech migrants