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IT trends & topics for 2018 (part 1)

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...according to the Data Analytics Leader of the Year – forecast by the people and machines at *um. In the first part of this series, we take a look at the developments we expect to see in data and in the cloud.

1. Hybrid, multi-use, and scalable solutions

The cloud transformation is progressing at an incredible pace: Self-scaling cloud native applications will become the new norm in 2018. Skills and technologies like containers, DevOps, and automation – which still gave companies a competitive edge in 2017 – will become absolute must-have essentials.

2. Machines control machines in data centers

Over the course of 2018, predictive analytics tools will gradually merge with the "human factor" in IT infrastructure monitoring and operation. As a result, the degree of scalability – and the speed at which systems can be scaled – will increase; the infrastructures will be more secure and more cost-effective. Machine Learning will be ubiquitously embedded into infrastructure, enabling data centers to benefit from autonomous and self-repairing processes.

3. Compute goes fractal

In the future, compute resources will move away from the data center and closer to the individual end devices that they support. Edge computing will eventually turn fractal, harnessing hidden computing capacities in idling desktop PCs, workstations, and even smartphones.

4. A series-ready IoT

The Industrial Internet of Things has finally reached maturity and will be an omnipresent force in industry from 2018 onwards. IoT-based business models will develop into mission critical applications in the industrial sector, transforming manufacturers into digital service providers.

5. Data infrastructures go global

In 2018, large companies will relocate their major data projects from various local sites into a few global production environments, enabling them to make all company data and algorithmic assets available to even the most remote branches and subsidiaries – while simultaneously reducing their operating costs.

6. Data Science and Business Consulting converge

Business Consulting and Data Science will become best friends. More sophisticated Machine Learning and AI tools and algorithms will open up new opportunities to simulate and optimize business cases and corporate strategies.


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