As a tech geek or enthusiast, 2016 has been an interesting year so far. With Facebook’s live video, Occulus’ reintroduction of VR, and the rise of Pokemon Go, the year has been a been one whole interesting adventure so far.
In a few months, we’ll be welcoming a new year. This means possibilities for new trends and services in the tech industry. Tech companies and innovators are not resting on their laurels- there’s so much to be done. We take a look at 6 interesting topics which drive the direction for possible new ideas. Although they are not new, they provide an insight into tech ideas of the coming months.
1. Software-defined networking
Software-defined networking (SDN) continues to become a dominant topic of discussion in the tech scene. SDN is a set of management tools that allows you virtualise your network infrastructure so you don’t require individual switches and routers anymore. It is the layer atop the current physical equipment that becomes the physical layer visible to the servers.
Although SDN is seen as the next level hardware virtualisation, there are still questions about the ability to quickly scale and impact the architecture using automated devices. No doubt, there’s more to expect from SDNs in the coming year.
The Cloud is not new, but its benefits are clearly evident in many companies that run their web services using Cloud technology. From private clouds to public clouds, many operations are being eased with the reduced need for regular physical maintenance and troubleshooting logs.
Web hosting companies like Umbrellar work with businesses who want to focus more on their core responsibilities by assigning infrastructure management to IT professionals. As Cloud continues to grow in popularity, there are structural developments around the service to increase its efficiency.
People will always want to be able to take their business or interests wherever they go. The mobility feature is always an important aspect of any tech device or service. Designers and developers are continually incorporating it into their products to improve user experience.
Responsive websites and mobile apps are more common for information seeking and purchase behaviour among buyers. However, most consumers still prefer transacting items over a desktop interface because of its convenience and size. Perhaps we should look towards more mobile-friendly enhanced apps and websites in the coming months.
Bring your own Device has been a common tech conversation for a long time, but the debate is still on. Do companies encourage it or disallow it? Are there pros and cons to letting your employee select the device they will work on? What level of information on your network do you permit those devices to access?
Since the practice of bringing your own devices to work, many CSOs have expressed concerns over the security of their company’s data. On the other hand, people feel more comfortable working on familiar devices and this facilitates productivity. It’s left to the organisation to draw the balance between security and work productivity. I am not anti-BYOD but security should always trump any issues because its costs tend to be higher.
5. Internet of Things (IoT)
Like BYOD, there is legitimate concern over the Internet or Things. The concept of linking almost any device, from sensors, medical equipment, appliances and so on, to your organisation’s network raises major concerns for tech admins everywhere. What operating system does the equipment run? If it’s Windows XP embedded, has it been patched?
Conversely, having a smart device that can connect to the internet and retrieve relevant data to inform users, makes them a lot more effective at their job. Air compressor engineers who used to work with wrenches and screwdrivers now use an iPad- thanks to IoT. This embodiment of Internet of Things show how simplified our jobs have become in modern times. The airs compressors are connected to the company’s LAN and have on-board computers that diagnose and monitors changes for the engineers.
It been mentioned severally before- we are running out of IPv4 addresses. But many modern operating systems don’t just have IPv6 setup as default, but it is the preferred method of communication. This covers Windows 2008/Vista and higher.
It is likely most IT personnel have already deployed IPv6 at their organisations but are unaware of it. If you haven’t looked up your company’s IPv6 address system, do so now, you could save your network some hassle by doing so.
Every year, there is a new IT idea brewing to change the way info tech operations are carried out in companies. Your best bet is to stay up to date on latest trends as often as you can. You never know when a new system can save costs by way of streamlined processes.