A Look Ahead in IT: Innovation, Trends, and Threats in 2018

Cindy Jordan-Ford

December 15, 2017


As 2017 comes to an end, tech firms are jumping ahead, opening their ears and minds to what is to come in the following twelve months. A year ago, the rage was augmented reality and digital twins. Hackers were still a big concern, and it was projected that they were going to continue doing what they do best; however, the magnitude of their work such as the Equifax breach and vote tampering surprised even the most pessimistic forecasters.

2018 will undoubtedly challenge, surprise, and bring about new innovations in the IT industry, but what can we expect in the next year?

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One of the most significant developments for the coming year will be the evolution of blockchain, as Forrester predicts 30% of proofs of concept will pick up the pace for blockchain for the companies that are able to consider its operational impact. What was known as a cryptocurrency, or bitcoin, is finally gaining momentum as larger firms are discovering more positive uses for this bold platform. A key reason for this interest is that blockchain is known to be secure and able to defend against increasing cybersecurity threats. Blocks of information cannot be changed unless the other linking blocks are adjusted, all with the approval of administrators. Because of these added layers of security, businesses are looking to blockchain for uses such as identity management, document storage, and event recording.


To combat expected threats in the near, and far, future, businesses are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning initiatives. What has held companies back in the past is the massive amount of data available that hinder the process of averting hackers. AI diminishes this challenge, as it was designed to take over the labor-intensive task of responding to events. It has been somewhat of a race to find the best platform that will work with public, private, and hybrid cloud providers; however, in 2018 these capabilities will be more readily available, proficient, and scalable. As consumers and employees interact more with this technology, privacy and security concerns are an issue, but AI and machine learning were designed to identify fluctuations in behavior, good and bad, making it a huge asset when detecting impending attacks.

IoT (internet of things) is here to stay, and as it evolves and grows, the future will be full of forecasts on where the internet of things is headed. One such path is the road to consolidation. As platforms continue to launch, some will need to join forces in order to remain relevant. One way that consolidation is predicted is by merging safety products, which is imperative as IoT remains an open source of security vulnerabilities. This reiterates the valuable role that application programming interfaces play in programming. Defining these methods among the components of development early on, and having a clear definition that cybersecurity is a top priority, gives IoT the advantage, instead of playing on defense.

Lastly, the cloud is expected to move even further from public markets to private and hybrid cloud computing in the next several months and more. It is predicted that by 2020, data centers will drop to account for 50% of the market with public cloud at just under a third of the market and private cloud capturing 20%. What does this entail for businesses? It means that many will not feel comfortable going all in, or building their own private cloud, and that utilizing hybrid cloud will be a happy medium. But, the hybrid cloud won’t stay stagnant, and changes are on the way for this platform as well. Offerings are making a swing towards vertically, better defining management tools, and providing a more comprehensive solution. Interested in learning more? Read To Keep up with the Pace, IT Becomes Accommodating with Hybrid Solutions, and find out this technology can work together for the best results.

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