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2018’s most exciting IT trends

Intelligent apps, virtual and augmented reality and Big Data were just some of the technologies that dominated 2017. But with innovation and progress far from slowing down, what will impact the IT industry in 2018? From a growing interest in machine learning to cybersecurity needs changing, we look ahead at what exciting trends you can expect to see in the technology industry this year.

The AI takeover

Many business decision makers believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will be pivotal to the future success of their organisation in 2018. We predict there’ll be a shift towards using AI to enhance decision making, reinvent the customer experience and to update business models and ecosystems.

Companies will become more information-driven and use networks to increase productivity and ensure continuous learning. Making better decisions through advanced machine learning uses less data and could result in advancements in employee information systems and processes, IT service management and more.

Prepare for 5G

Although tech timeframes don’t usually play out as planned, we could have a 5G network in place (with 5G phones) much faster than first predicted. 

A year earlier than anticipated, large-scale 5G deployments are pencilled in for late 2019. With the potential to be almost ten times faster than 4G, it could revolutionise how consumers use the internet, and businesses will need to make changes to keep up. From updating apps and managing content streaming, 2018 will be the year engineers and developers prepare for the new generation of internet.

Businesses get stronger through cyber resilience

In 2017, many businesses handling sensitive data lacked the security practices that were needed to keep data safe against increasingly sophisticated tools and malware. The Wannacry ransomware that hit 47 NHS England Trusts, as well as numerous companies around the world, provided a wake-up call.

As the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in May 2018, businesses will focus on cybersecurity to ensure they have everything possible in place to withstand these kinds of data breaches and attacks. The EU can fine a company up to £20 million euros (or four percent of its annual turnover) if any sensitive personal data of EU citizens is leaked due to lack of security or negligence.

With this legislation being rolled out, preparation will be critical. There will be continuous evaluation of security and risk assessment, as well as strategic planning and practising for such threats. Not only will resilience be paramount, but it will be matched by the notion of anti-fragility and making sure businesses not only survive an attack but get stronger in the aftermath too.

Security salaries will increase as a result

With more and more high-profile breaches taking place, recruiting those with the security skills needed to ensure businesses are protected will become a top priority. Companies will need to embrace people-centric security and empower developers to take responsibility for security measures.

Although the demand for permanent roles that require cybersecurity skills was down by 10% at the end of 2017, IT security salaries went up by four percent according to Experis. Salaries for cybersecurity specialists also increased by seven percent, and with the GDPR looming, we predict they will only increase further.

Data overload

Every company around the world has woken up to the power and commodity of consumer data and collecting this data will become an even higher priority. As we become more reliant on digital devices for our daily tasks and talk into our smart speakers on an everyday basis, companies will begin to access and use a more substantial amount of personal data.

Expect more personalised ads as a result, as well as implications around reduced privacy. Currently, devices such as smart speakers only record requests, but as their capabilities become more advanced, more sensitive data could be collected

Rise of block chain-based cryptocurrencies

Far from being a short-term trend, Blockchain is set to revolutionise the way transactions are carried out. Major companies are now embracing this new, efficient way to carry out transactions online, which is said to be worth over $588 billion according to a CNBC report

Without going into too much detail, blockchain removes the need for an intermediary to keep the transaction history safe and accurate, and secures the ‘pages’ of transactions with a key code instead. Bypassing a third party makes blockchain cryptocurrencies such as a Bitcoin a quicker, simpler and more efficient payment option.

A relatively new concept for those outside tech circles, blockchain technology now has a real place in the future of technology. Companies will look to adopt blockchain technology for fear of missing out on what’s becoming increasingly popular and risk falling behind on a revolutionary innovation.

Rullion is actively looking for the best, forward-thinking candidates who will play an important part in the IT industry this year and beyond. We have links to some of the most rewarding IT jobs in the country. See which positions are available today, or contact us to discuss how we can support your recruitment drive.

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