IT trends tend to shift on an annual basis and they have significant impact on various organizations. This is the reason why the best IT trends require large-scale investment. Like any changes to business processes, these trends affect end users and IT departments in their long-term programs, planning goals and initiatives.
The 2015 IT trends seem to be focused on the interaction between virtual and real worlds, accumulation of data intelligence, and the transition to a digital model for business. It is not necessary for companies to consider the adoption and investments of all trends simultaneously but they cannot afford to ignore these trends in their strategic planning methods. Organizations need to execute deliberate decisions regarding them for the next few years.
List of the Most Exciting 2015 IT Trends
1. Rise of Global Computing
The steady increase in mobile devices has led to an emphasis on fulfilling mobile user requirements in different environments and contexts, instead of catering to the gadgets alone. Phones have now become wearable devices and this is bound to raise important management challenges for IT companies as they begin to lose control over their user endpoint devices. They will now be required to pay more attention to user experience design.
2. 3D Printing
3D printer shipments across the world are expecting almost 98% growth this year. Moreover, of unit shipments for 3D printers are expected to double in the following year. This indicates that 3D printing can attain tipping point of sorts over the course of the following three years since the market continues to grow quickly for cheap 3D printing devices and new uses in the industrial sector are uncovered. New consumer and biomedical applications will demonstrate the viability and cost-effectiveness of 3D printing as they will be able to reduce costs via streamlined prototyping, enhanced designs and short-run manufacturing.
3. Context-Rich Systems
Systems will now be alert to their surroundings and react appropriately thanks to ubiquitous embedded intelligence combined with extensive analytics. This new feature has given rise to context-aware security but more will emerge in time. Through the understanding of the context of a user request, applications will now be able to change their security response and also adjust the way information is delivered to the user, simplifying a highly complex world of computing.
4. Advanced, Invisible Analytics
It is likely that analytics will be on the centre stage in 2015 since the data volume generated through embedded systems has increased exponentially and large pools of unstructured and structured data within and outside the confines of the enterprise are being investigated. All apps should now be analytic in nature since organizations will be required to manage huge content of data from wearable devices, Internet of Things, and social media, and then deliver exactly the correct amount of information to the right person at the right time. Analytics will, thus, become invisibly but deeply embedded everywhere.
5. Smart Devices
When deep analytics is applied for the purpose of becoming familiar with the context, it establishes the preconditions for the establishment of a world where smart machines exist. This foundation merges with the improved algorithms that enable systems to gauge their immediate surroundings, learn on their own, and act in an autonomous manner. The new age of machine helpers is almost upon us with developments in the field of prototyping autonomous vehicles, virtual assistants, advanced robots, and smart advisors. However, the era of smart machines is also going to be one of the most high impact phase in IT history.
6. Web-Scale IT
Web-scale IT seeks to deliver the feature of large cloud service providers inside the framework of an enterprise IT setting and the number of organizations thinking, acting and building large-scale infrastructure and applications is on the rise. Web-scale IT takes time and will evolve slowly as commercial hardware platforms embrace the new models and software-defined and cloud-optimized approaches reach mainstream. DevOps is the first step towards a future of web-scale IT for numerous organizations.
7. Four Internets
The merging of data services and streams and digitization forms four basic models of usage, including operate, monetize, manage, and extend. It is possible to apply these four to any of the four “Internets”. No enterprise should suppose that only the Internet of Things retains the potential to leverage these four models. The pay-per-use model may be applied to people, assets, services, systems and places. Enterprises from various industries are capable of leveraging these four models.
8. Software-defined Infrastructure and Applications
Rapid programming of all aspects, beginning from basic infrastructure to applications is necessary to help organizations deliver the necessary flexibility for making digital business work efficiently and in a hassle-free manner. Software-defined storage, networking, security and data centres are constantly maturing with time as the cloud services happen to be software-configurable via API calls, applications, and they have increasingly rich APIs for the purpose of accessing their content and function programmatically.
9. Cloud/Client Computing
The merging of mobile and cloud computing will continue to emphasize the growth of centrally coordinated applications that are equipped to be sent to any device. Cloud is the new style of self-service, elastically scalable computing, and both external and internal applications are going to be built on this new style. Though bandwidth and network costs continue to favour applications that use the storage and intelligence capabilities of the client device in an effective manner, management and coordination features are rooted in the cloud. The focus in the future will be on synchronizing application state and content across numerous devices and addressing application portability throughout devices. Multiple screens will be in use in the future.
10. Risk-based Self-Protection and Security
Every road to the IT future leads through security but in the realm of digital business, security is not to be treated as an obstacle that shuns all progress. Rather, organizations are increasingly going to understand that it is not entirely possible to offer a totally secure environment. As soon as organizations acknowledge this fact, they will be in a position to start applying more improved tools for mitigation activities and risk assessment. Security-aware application design, static and dynamic application security testing, and runtime application self-protection coupled with active context-aware and adaptive access controls are all required in the dangerous digital world of today.