4 Technology Trends in 2016 That Will Shape Business
The IT sector in 2015 grew at an exceptional speed and there is even more potential for growth in 2016. Tech advances are building on their own momentum and pushing previously experimental technology into the everyday business world. Though predicting the future is not cut and dry, we believe the business world will be shaped by these technology trends in 2016.
1.) Big Data Talent Will Be Sought Across Industries
Being able to analyze unstructured data is nothing new, but the types of professionals who will be able to access and evaluate insight from it will shift. Previously, data scientists were needed to clean up the complex output from big data analytics. Even early last year, many data scientists were spending 50 to 80 percent of their time on “data janitorial work,” cleaning up query results for easier comprehension. But 2016 will be the year of self-service big data analysis.
Tools like Tableau, Qlik Sense, and Power BI have broadened big data accessibility for the average business user by offering simple visualization. Additionally, companies that are interested in taking advantage of the big data trend in their applications and platforms can look to Hortonworks for a big data scorecard that can narrow down the best solutions for businesses. Both sides will help big data proliferate as a user-friendly service.
2.) Artificial Intelligence Will See Everyday Usage
Artificial intelligence is no longer limited to abstract or academic activities. AI, or machine learning, is being applied to more business scenarios. Even IBM’s supercomputer Watson is being utilized to maximize the Internet of Things. And we expect AI will be used for more precise data analytics.
The average business collects large quantities of data, and enterprise programs need to be able to evaluate that information while learning from past inquiries. Machine learning is becoming so prevalent that Microsoft Azure has even released a machine learning cheat sheet so that businesses can easily review their options.
3.) Application Self-Security Will Gain Popularity
Massive hacks are an all too common occurrence. Whether through a network breach, social engineering, or any other number of malicious strategies, the data stored by the average business is a prime target. Instead of relying upon security measures that have proven no match for the age of cloud computing and the BYOD work model, more businesses will likely opt for proactive runtime features.
Runtime application self-protection (RASP) technology is being pursued by HP and other vendors as a way of shielding the shortcomings of applications and offering developers advanced warning for security issues. The appropriate RASP plug-ins for Java and .Net placed into source code will offer a hybrid between firewall and adaptable runtime solution. Traditional security will continue to evolve, augmenting strategies as data breaches become more sophisticated.
4.) Tech Hiring Is Expected to Speed Up
Tech hiring is expected to go through the roof. Just how do we know? For starters, IT staffing is projected to become a $28.9 billion industry and our industry expands to fit the needs of the business world. Additionally, a record 78 percent of managers expect to hire IT professionals in the first half of 2016.
Both factors depict a market that will be fierce at every point of contact. The average business will be competing with peers, companies from other industries, and staffing agencies. Successful businesses will be the ones that have highly trained and dedicated recruitment teams at their disposal.
That’s what we at Platform Staffing can provide during your 2016 hiring spree. We provide attention to detail at every touch point in the hiring process, keeping you aware of new developments and when to move on hot talent. Contact us today to tap into the tech professionals who will transform your business in 2016.