Tech Trends for 2017: Predictions for a Complex Year| By |Mary DavenPort

Tech Trends for 2017

Is your business disposed to succeed in 2017? Only if you understand which tech trends have the greatest incendiary potential. Increasingly, how your business anticipates technological shifts determines whether or not you will continue to lead the pack. Companies with the foresight to be on the right side of history flourish. Those who miss the memo, fail. That’s why we think getting a grasp of the upcoming tech trends for 2017 is crucial.

To see where the market is going, we need to look at the tech trends that have defined 2016 and the upcoming changes that promise to disrupt them. Our team predicts the following tech trends will occur in the IT job market and beyond:

Cybersecurity Will Gravitate Toward Strategic Defense

After several consecutive years of progressive growth in the size and magnitude of cyberattacks, the reality has sunk in that IT security is now under constant siege. Ransomware attacks are predicted to quadruple in 2016. Internet service in the Eastern United States was wiped out by one denial of service attack. At least 89% of organizations downloaded malware in 2015 and this year looks to be on track for much of the same.

Not enough money exists in any IT budget to make an IT infrastructure inviolable from every form of attack. Hence, more companies are realizing the acute nature of the situation. That is why we predict more cybersecurity professionals will forego building comprehensive and impenetrable walls in favor of doubling down on more strategic assets.

We see cybersecurity tech trends for 2017 leaning toward strategic risk management for several reasons. Monetary expenses and labor investment will be focused on building a veritable Fort Knox around assets that a.) attract the greatest attention from cybercriminals and b.) greatly risk their operations or their brand’s reputation if breached. Regular security evaluations and audits will be crucial to businesses in the coming years and trained cybersecurity professionals will become even more sought after.

Data Analysis Will Be Integrated into More Positions

In general, we see that data analysis is already becoming one of the three competitive tech skills expected for candidates to know. Data is the backbone of every business decision, but there are too few people capable of delivering its full potential. A data analyst talent shortage has been growing in concern lately. At least 78% of respondents in a SHRM survey admitted difficulty recruiting for data analysis positions. Hiring challenges of that degree will not disappear overnight, meaning strong data analysis will be as available as water in the Dust Bowl.

How do you overcome that challenge? In part, there will need to be an increase of STEM students enrolled in data science programs. More immediately, we predict that more companies will combat the data analyst talent shortage by working to hire and train professionals who can adapt to the new paradigm.

A few signs have already emerged. A growing number of data science related positions regularly garner more than $100,000 on average. Salary spikes indicate how serious many companies across sectors are about capitalizing on their data. Additionally, more companies will be reaching out to data analyst consultants to fill the gap and provide predictive models on an as needed basis. In other cases, companies will need to narrow down their focus to candidates who simply need to be trained in data analysis best practices. Finding the right technical and personality ingredients in prospects will offer a challenge, but recruiting partners will increasingly help make the hiring assist.

Mobile Development Strategies Will Continue to Evolve

If there’s one thing we’ve seen over the years, it is that the mobile development strategies, not necessarily the coding languages used, will change. Look at some of the languages that have persisted on development toolkits from the start. Some of the programming languages in greatest demand are still Java, C#, and JavaScript. However, there are some languages that appear to be creeping into popular use.

The TIOBE index has seen the Haskell programming language rising toward the top 20 languages index. Companies like Facebook and crypto-centric startups are using the language for its ability to integrate and interact with filesystems and other elements without side effects. Though Haskell usage might be a phase, we predict that programming languages capable of providing security will be increasingly sought after by developers and cryptographers alike.

Talent Acquisition Will Be Increasingly Fierce

With IT professionals in disciplines across the industry being aggressively hunted or poached, the skirmish for top technical talent will only continue to get more competitive. We are seeing a rise in companies reporting difficulty finding more mid and senior level professionals than in recent years. Due to that fact, more hiring managers and department heads will need to branch out beyond traditional measures to maintain their talent funnel.

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