4 IT Trends to Look Out For in 2017 (IT Toolbox Blogs)



2016 was all about blockchain and machine learning and intelligent apps. This year, expect brand new innovations to dominate the IT landscape, which will make people’s lives simpler and safer. Here are four IT trends to watch out for in 2017.

1. Internet of Everything

The Internet of everything (IoE) is a phrase that refers to the interconnection of communications, where multiple physical objects co-exist on an integrated global network. It takes the concept of the Internet of things (IoT) — a network of devices that connect to the Internet — to a whole new level and places an even greater emphasis on machine-to-machine communication. Think of IoE as a spider web of intelligent network connections, where people, data and devices all communicate with each other.

IoE will streamline business communications, allowing companies to make quick decisions from a wider pool of data. Organizations can use it to save money and boost productivity, too. Expect this IT trend to make waves in 2017.

2. Operational Technology

Operational technology (OT) is a catch-all term to describe the subset of hardware and software that controls physical devices. OT has long been associated with the manufacturing sector, where clever computer programs have managed and monitored factory equipment like valves and pumps and other industrial control systems. Now, this tech has expanded to other industries, allowing for more accurate analysis and direct control over complex devices.

OT is a major IT trend because it automates many of the manual processes associated with manufacturing. This tech controls specific functions, or even a single function, within an engineering or production environment, eliminating the need for human intervention.

3. The Cloud

Cloud technology will flourish in 2017, with more companies investing in cloud computing code execution models. Serverless computing will be one of the biggest trends. This tech lets companies run applications without any infrastructure resources.

Then there’s the continued convergence of cloud and mobile, which will make it easier for users to access data when they are away from their desktop computer. Mobile cloud computing revenues will likely increase this year, especially as more small businesses adopt this technology.

4. Mobile Tech

 

2016 was a huge year for mobile tech. Seventy-seven percent of Americans owned a smartphone — up from just 35 percent in 2011 — and around five in 10 adults had a mobile tablet. Expect even bigger things for 2017: experts predict that 75 percent of all online consumption will take place on mobile devices.

 

This year, there’s major buzz surrounding location-based services (LBS), which personalize a user’s mobile data based on the user’s location. This tech has been around for a few years already but will offer more accurate, more timely data in 2017. The LBS market is predicted to reach almost $62 billion by 2022, says Allied Market Research.

It’s all about augmented reality apps, too, which provide users with a composite view of their real-world environment. Marketers will use this technology to connect with customers and offer products and services.

The Internet of everything, operational technology, the cloud and mobile tech will change the way people live and work over the next 12 months. As companies continue to invest in new innovations and more consumers engage with digital devices, 2017 should be a benchmark year for IT.

Source: SANS ISC SecNewsFeed @ February 16, 2017 at 01:06PM

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