Four Tech Trends Your Company Should Put on its IT Agenda in 2016

Check out this list of four important technology trends, ones we believe will be garnering the most headlines throughout the year.

December 21, 2015 by Alex Collins, IT Services Consultant

2016 Technology TrendsWhat's in store for your company in 2016… and has your upcoming IT plan for the year taken them into account? Check out this list of four important technology trends, ones we believe will be garnering the most headlines throughout the year.

Six Billion “Things” in the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) will reach a major inflection point. Connected devices have already been communicating with each other, without human intervention, for years now. But Moore's Law and the introduction of sensor chips into even more “things” will accelerate the process.

Information technology advisor Gartner Inc. believes that 6.4 billion connected devices will part of the combined IoT ecosystem by 2016, adding 5.5 million new “things” every day until reaching a projected 20.8 billion by 2020. The fragmentation of current IoT platforms will be gradually resolved as a better ecosystem evolves, allowing data to be disseminated between “things” more broadly.

As this evolution progresses, security will certainly be an issue. “There is going to be so much data collected that no one fully understands just what it’s going to mean,” explains Marty Trevino, organizational architect and senior strategist for the National Security Agency.

Trevino points to the inevitable breakdown of current security models, as the average person faces an increasing number of connected devices on a daily basis. “Your home is easily secured because you only have three or four or five devices in the homes,” Trevino explains. “With IoT expanding, there’s a big difference between securing four or five and securing 750.”

Hybrid Cloud Strategies Get Easier

Hybrid cloud demand will only increase in 2016. Canadian Internet hosting services provider Peer 1 Hosting has good reason to believe that hybrid cloud adoption will triple over the next three years.

Until very recently, the idea of using a combination of cloud services and onsite infrastructure was pooh-poohed as “playing it safe," but some issues simply cannot be overlooked by businesses. "Hybrid cloud adoption appears to be held back by concerns largely related to security and data protection," explained Toby Owen, Peer 1 Hosting's VP of product. "Clearly these are areas where businesses cannot compromise."

As if to acknowledge this shift in mindset, cloud providers have now begun to create strategies and practices around hybrid deployments. Industry players are beginning to set guidelines for creating efficient hybrid cloud environments, formulating more efficient ways to combine public cloud services with various internal systems. Solutions and services created specifically for hybrid cloud environments will reach new heights in 2016.

Artificial Intelligence Goes Beyond the Self-Driving Car

More thinking will be done by machines, resulting in a workforce composed increasingly of machine learning systems and algorithms. You've read about their work in flashy projects like Google's self-driving cars, but machine learning technologies will thrive in other, less-recognized fields as well. IBM, for instance, is now releasing its Watson cognitive computing system through services that can draw resources from the cloud.

How do humans fit into this brave new world? The final word hasn't been written yet. It remains to be seen how AI will affect the job market, for starters. And plenty of other questions remain, like how much information will be gathered by AI platforms, and will our security be at risk?

Security: From Reactive to Proactive

The norm for internet security may shift away from defensive postures, and companies may find themselves going on the offensive.

Gartner believes that adaptive security architectures are the wave of the coming year, especially since the complexity of digital business plus the growth of the hacker subculture mean that 2016 will be a dangerous year for companies when it comes to cybersecurity.

Playing defense (rule-based security and maintaining a perimeter defense) will likely be superseded by more proactive methods, including - but not limited to - switching to a “continuous response” mindset and investing across all phases of the security life cycle. As per Gartner, “All organizations should now assume that they are in a state of continuous compromise.”

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