Throughout history, great minds have discovered new technologies to help us live longer, better and more productive lives. Whether it’s advancements in medicine or how we share information, new technologies become more embedded into our everyday lives as we continue to evolve. The technology I had as child growing up in the 70’s was limited to a pocket knife and compass. Today, kids have access to unlimited amounts of information from their mobile devices. We’ve certainly come a long way, but what about the future of IT?
“The Internet will disappear. There will be so many IP addresses, so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with, that you won’t even sense it. It will be part of your presence all the time. Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room.” – Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman at Google
The field of information technology is constantly changing. Large, bulky computers get replaced with smaller, faster computers. Likewise, bulky infrastructures get replaced with more agile, virtualized infrastructures. We’ve seen this trend for quite some time. Anytime we can get more for less, it’s good for everyone. So, what are some of the factors shaping the future of IT?
Cybercrime continues to wreak havoc as businesses attempt to mitigate security breaches. Damage inflicted from black hat organizations are costing billions of dollars for organizations throughout the world. This $445 billion industry has forced organizations to prioritize security, but finding qualified talent has been difficult to say the least. While cybersecurity positions are paying some of highest salaries in the industry, organizations still struggle to find practitioners with the right skills. Unfortunately, cybercrime will continue to shape the future of IT as businesses spend billions to avoid it.
The Internet of Things
IoT is improving the way IT departments deliver business services by helping employees collaborate on projects, work remotely and increase overall production. Businesses have also learned that customers love the internet. Whether it’s making shopping more convenient or simplifying financial transactions, businesses are building stronger relationships with their customers online. You can expect IoT to continue shaping the future of IT as it becomes more involved in our everyday lives.
The Demands of Business
Technology responds well to the demands of business. As businesses strive to overcome productivity challenges, technology continues to create innovative solutions. Today, modern businesses demand agile solutions for IT delivery. Clunky infrastructures that once required racks of servers, a massive patchwork of cables and a climate-controlled environment have been replaced by virtualized infrastructures that can do more with less. Likewise, new technologies like virtualization are also improving productivity by mitigating down time when disasters occur. Without a doubt, the demands of business will continue to shape the future of IT.
Just as cybercrime, IoT and business demands are all factors in shaping the future of IT, so are emerging technologies like AI, Big Data, cloud computing, and mobile. Artificial intelligence is making the devices we interact with more useful while Big Data helps organizations draw useful information out of large complex sets of data. Cloud computing helps IT teams manage enterprise systems in a virtual environment while mobile technologies make it easy for employees to access the services they need, when they need them. These emerging technologies will likely be around for quite some time as they become more essential to modern business.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller, American architect, systems theorist and author
In-Demand IT Skills of the Future
It should come as no surprise that the factors changing IT today are going to shape the IT careers of tomorrow. This means careers in cyber security, Big Data, AI, business technology, cloud computing and mobile technologies will command some of the highest paying salaries in the industry. This also means the demand for software and web development will grow as IoT continues to involve more of our daily lives. Those who develop the right skills and earn the right certifications will position themselves for an abundance of high-paying employment opportunities in the future.
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, all IT-related fields are expected to grow by 12 percent through 2024, which is better than most professional careers. However, in-demand IT fields are seeing a much higher rate of growth with cyber security experiencing an 18 percent increase and web development experiencing a whopping 27 percent increase. Without a doubt, the factors shaping IT today will certainly shape the IT careers of the future.
Preparing for the Future
Modern organizations must be more agile if they want to compete in the future. For many, this means leveraging virtualized infrastructures, improving IT security and communicating better with employees and customers. While replacing outdated servers and improving business services is a matter of budget, replacing IT staff is much more complicated.
Many organizations have found that repurposing and training the existing IT staff has benefited both employers and employees. Employers benefit by avoiding the hiring process, which is very difficult due to the ever-growing IT skills gap. Employees benefit by learning new skills that usually lead to a raise. Everybody benefits when they plan for tomorrow. After all, planning for the future is much better than reacting to it.
“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure” – Confucius
Summing It Up
The future of IT is innovative software and those who embrace it now will stay ahead to curve. Whether it’s a better way to improve customer relations, deliver business services or secure organizations from cyberattacks, technology continues to evolve to meet the needs of modern business. Factors like cybercrime, IoT, business demands and emerging technologies will likely continue this evolution for many years to come. As long as AI doesn’t conquer mankind, the future of IT will be full of innovations that improve life for all of us.