Slideshow DEC. TOP READER PICK 16 Tech Trends That Will Drive Change In 2017

  • December 27 2016, 6:30am EST
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16 Tech Trends That Will Drive Change In 2017

The New Year will be one of dramatic change on a number of tech fronts. The experts weigh in on what we can expect to see for big data, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things.

Team-building Around the Internet of Things

“2017 will be a ‘team-building year’ for many in the IoT space, where investments are made in fostering internal talent and attracting the right external hires to address the complex needs of launching a connected product.”-Zach Supalla, chief executive officer of Particle

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More Organizations Move to Hybrid Architectures

“We will see a significant increase in the move to hybrid architectures. With test/dev and DR being the main components of a company’s environment that will be moved to the cloud, and production continuing to remain on premises”- Marc Clark, director of cloud strategy and Deployment, Teradata

Google-like Knowledge Graphs Will Become Commonplace

“Large companies in many sectors will develop their own Knowledge Graphs and leverage as part of their intellectual property. These Knowledge graphs will combine domain knowledge with customer knowledge to create Facebook-like customer profiles that include hard facts, interpretations and predictions that leverage machine learning and NLP (natural language processing). We already see these projects starting in financial services, insurance, healthcare and retail.”-Jans Aasman, chief executive officer of Franz Inc.

Technology Strengthens a Reduced Workforce

“We will see reduced workforce and increased use of technology. It may seem like technology is replacing the workforce, but in reality this move serves to strengthen the human element by providing knowledge and information from the software side of the organization. By investing in technology, companies will be able to pay their employees more, and employees will get to focus on the areas that add value instead of automated tasks.”- Tim McLean, associate vice president, strategic accounts, Accruent

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Hackers Target Employees at Home to Gain Access at Work

“Expect to see attacks on corporations through employees. Hackers will look to attack enterprises by targeting/exploiting employees at home, i.e. trget less secure home networks, and gain access to corporate networks through the employee working from home.”- Chad Bacher, senior vice president, product strategy and technology alliances, Webroot

Machine Learning and Big Data Grow Up

“Machine learning and big data are still in their infancy and there is a tremendous amount of innovation that we will see in the industry across all sectors in the near future. Long term, it will be absolutely critical for almost any data-driven application to incorporate machine learning so that it can accurately digest the increasing amount of data our systems and processes produce.- Doug Rybacki, vice president of product management at Conga

DevOps Rises, While Bimodal IT Fades

“Stability and agility should not be mutually exclusive; the business requires both. In fact, the 2016 State of the DevOps Report highlights the fact that IT organizations that leverage DevOps practices decisively outperform their peers in throughput while delivering higher quality software. DevOps has proven that you can become more agile and stable at the same time. In short, the market has rejected the bimodal concept. In fact, bimodal IT is now being redefined as having one mode that is optimized for areas that are more predictable and well-understood and the other mode which is exploratory - more of a ‘sandbox’ to experiment and test new things – rather than an actual delivery strategy. In 2017, DevOps practices, such as continuous delivery, will cross the chasm for organizations dependent on both stability and speed and delivery modes of bimodal will fade into the archives of IT history.”-Mark Levy, director of strategy, Micro Focus

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New Approaches Will Balance Document Collaboration with Security

“To improve collaboration, businesses will transform paper-dependent processes by starting to implement automated, interrogative and roles-based information management. These processes need to extend to print, copy and scan jobs to guard against security vulnerabilities, whether intentional or accidental. This will drive changes in document capture and content management applications. New technologies will emerge that interrogate documents at the point of scanning to automatically determine how a document is routed or stored, and extract sensitive content as soon as it enters the system. These applications will restrict access or grant permission to information inside documents within a content management system based on role-specific privileges so sensitive content is always protected.” -Bill DeStefanis, director of product strategy, Nuance Communications

Spear-phishing and Malware Gain Strength

“Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) abuse will lead to increased phishing sites using HTTPS. The rise in popularity of free SSL certifications paired with Google’s recent initiative to label HTTP-only sites as unsafe will weaken security standards, driving potential spear-phishing or malware programs due to malicious search engine optimization practices.”-Brian Kenyon, chief strategy officer, Symantec

Collaborative Analytics Goes From the Fringe to the Core

“Thanks to easy access to governed data, information no longer flows in one direction. Gone are the days of data-sharing via PDFs or static PowerPoints. In 2017, people will share live, interactive workbooks, analysis, and dashboards. They’ll stay connected to their data via data-driven alerts and subscriptions. They’ll share findings, build on each other’s work, and move the business forward by leveraging the creativity and intellectual horsepower of the entire organization.”-Francois Ajenstat, chief product officer at Tableau

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Big Data Is No Longer Just Hadoop

“In the past, we’ve seen several technologies rise with the big-data wave to fulfill the need for analytics on Hadoop. But for enterprises with complex, heterogeneous environments, answers to their questions are buried in a host of sources ranging from systems of record to cloud warehouses, to structured and unstructured data from both Hadoop and non-Hadoop sources. In 2017, customers will demand analytics on all data. Platforms that are data- and source-agnostic will thrive while those that are purpose-built for Hadoop and fail to deploy across use cases will fall by the wayside. The exit of Platfora serves as an early indicator of this trend.”-Dan Kogan, director of product marketing at Tableau

Cloud Vendors Improve Support for the Hybrid World

“Many organizations are living a hybrid reality split between on-premises and cloud environments – cloud is no longer isolated from your on-premises data and infrastructure. Vendors’ investments in migration tools and strategies will help customers navigate through this hybrid world. For the end user, these solutions make complex hybrid environments function as one cohesive system. Investments in hybrid software will remain fully relevant even as organizations shift operations toward an all-cloud future.”-Ashley Kramer, director of product management and head of cloud strategy at Tableau

Legacy Applications Embrace the Cloud

“Efforts to make legacy applications a better fit for the cloud will expand substantially to facilitate migration for the remaining 55 percent of on-premise OS instances not yet economically viable. Updating on-premise hardware will deliver significant interim savings while serving as a bridge to readying legacy applications for the cloud.”-Aaron Rallo, chief executive officer of TSO Logic

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SQL Will Have Another Extraordinary year

“SQL has been around for decades, but from the late-1990s to mid 2000s, it went out of style as people started exploring NoSQL and Hadoop alternatives. SQL however, has come back with a vengeance. The renaissance of SQL has been beautiful to behold and I don’t even think it’s near its peak yet. The innovations we're seeing are blowing our minds. BigQuery has created a product that is essentially infinitely scalable, the original goal of Hadoop, AND practical for analytics, the original goal of relational databases. Additionally, Google recently announced that the new version, BigQuery Standard SQL is fully ANSI compliant. BigQuery’s implementation of Standard SQL is amazing, with really advanced features like Arrays, Structures, and user-defined functions that can be written in both SQL and Javascript. SQL engines for Hadoop have continued to gain traction. Products like SparkSQL and Presto are popping up in enterprises and as cloud services because they allow companies to leverage their existing Hadoop clusters and cloud storage for speedy analytics. What’s not to love?”-Lloyd Tabb, founder, chairman and chief technology officer at Looker

DDoS Security Concerns Take Center Stage

“DDoS mitigation will be center stage for internet-based companies in 2017. After the widespread DDoS attack of hosting company OVH in 2016, in which 150,000 Internet-connected devices were leveraged for a 1Tbps attack, companies are going to have to start getting on the defensive side of DDoS mitigation. The Internet of Things is not going away, and without a way to regulate the resiliency of the firmware that operates these devices, the best way companies can protect themselves is with a clear DDoS mitigation strategy. It’s not a matter of if anymore, but when, so having a mitigation strategy and having a relationship with a DDoS mitigation provider is table stakes for doing business on the internet in 2017.”-David Campbell, chief security officer at SendGrid

Artificial Intelligence Becomes Force for Good

“New artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities will be brought to market as defense against the dark arts. The dark web will become a less safe place for criminals to operate as intelligent, autonomous bots will be patrolling for any sign of illicit activity.”-Phil Dunkelberger, chief executive officer at Nok Nok Labs