We’re now well more than halfway through 2015, and it’s time to look at what trends have shaped the Information Technology industry so far this year, and what to expect leading into 2016.

  1. THE INTERNET OF THINGS.  Still a big buzz term, the IoT refers to connected devices, of which there are over 25 billion in 2015, and Cisco predicts will double to 50 billion by 2020.  With the extension of networking onto so many devices, the biggest concern going forward will be security.  This isn’t just tablets and mobile phones we’re talking about – as Forbes describes, picture your car sending a text letting your friends know you’ll be late for dinner.  Think your alarm clock automatically sending a signal to your coffee machine to start brewing.  The potential of the Internet of Things is nearly limitless.
  2. BIG (REALLY BIG DATA).  It’s the customized recommendations from Amazon, Netflix, and Google.  It is using credit ratings for lending decisions, analytics, and processes.
  3. THE FORECAST IS CLOUDY.  The IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study found that 69% of firms participating had at least something in the cloud, up 8% from 2013.  Services like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Cloudera are making cloud services widely available to the consumer.
  4. NOTHING IS BIGGER THAN CYBERSECURITY.  The Internet Systems Security Association (ISSA) identified the need for an internationally accepted framework that would define the cyber security career for individuals in the profession. To attract new entrants and so that pros can advance in their career, ISSA has developed the Cybersecurity Career Lifecycle (CSCL). This pro-active approach to industry development could go a long way to help fill the estimated 300,000 to 1,000,000, and rising, currently vacant global cyber security positions.
  5. ARE YOU IT CERTIFIED?  According to a CompTIA study, 66% of tech companies in 2015 valued certifications over a degree in their hiring decisions, up over 20% from just three years ago.  More and more  tech companies will not consider a resume if it doesn’t include certifications that validate the candidate’s skills, from vendors such as Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA.
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