Technology today is evolving at such a rapid pace. It’s enabling faster change in progress and causing an acceleration of the rate of change until eventually, it will become exponential. However, it is not only technology trends and top technologies that are evolving. A lot more has changed this year due to the outbreak of COVID-19 making IT professionals realize that their role will not stay the same in the contactless world of tomorrow.
Modern IT professional is going to have to keep learning, relearning and unlearning just to keep up with the times. So here are the top three technology trends on the cutting edge of progress.
#1 Artificial intelligence and machine learning
AI has already received a lot of buzz in the past decade but it continues to be one of the new technology trends because of its notable effects on how we live, work, and play. And it’s only at the early stages. Artificial intelligence is already known for its superiority, image and speech recognition, navigation apps, smartphone personal assistants, ride-sharing apps and so much more. AI will also be used to further analyze interactions to determine underlying connections and insights to help predict demand for services like hospitals enabling authorities to make better decisions about resource utilization and to detect the changing patterns of customer behavior by analyzing data in near real-time. This powerful technology will help drive revenues, optimize cost and, most importantly, enhance the personalized experience of the user.
Like AI and machine learning, robotic process automation is another technology that’s automating jobs. RPA is the use of software to automate business processes, such as interpreting applications, processing transactions and dealing with data, and even replying to emails. RPA has a lot of power. It can automate repetitive tasks that people used to do manually. Although the research estimates RPA automation will threaten the livelihood of 230 million or more knowledge workers which approximates 9% of the global workforce, RPA is also creating a lot of new jobs by alternating the existing jobs by changing the skills needed to perform. McKinsey finds that less than 5% of occupations can be totally automated but about 60% can be partially automated. Some of the best use cases for RPA though work hand-in-hand with humans to enable and augment the intelligence of that worker. It helps speed them up and make them way more effective.
#3 Edge and cloud computing
Now, formerly a new technology trend to watch, cloud computing has become mainstream with major players of AWS (Amazon Web Services), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud platform that are really dominating the market. The adoption of cloud computing is still growing. As more and more businesses migrate to cloud there’s no longer the emerging technology trend but the new informing is the edge. As the quantity of data organizations is dealing with continues to increase, they have realized the shortcomings of cloud computing in some situations. Edge computing is designed to help solve some of those problems as a way to bypass the latency caused by cloud computing and getting data to a data center for processing.