IT specialists need to follow trends in order to know in which directions they can develop, what employers need, and in general to be aware of what is happening in the industry. We ask the experts what to follow the next year.
Technical architect of business applications
In my opinion, IT development trends in the coming year will not change much, but at the same time they will develop like an avalanche.
Firstly, the trend towards digitalization and automation – its reasons are in an increased competition on the market. Companies are increasingly looking for people who can design and build a system that helps them manage their organization’s resources in the most efficient way possible. In 2023, this need will only increase.
Another trend is cloud solutions. With the development of telecommunications technologies, new opportunities for managing an organization have appeared – as they say, here and now, and not “in an hour, when XML is downloaded.” This means that in 2023, specialists with knowledge of cloud infrastructures, Linux, PostgresSQL, Kubernetes, etc. will be in high demand. This is also worth following and actively developing in this direction.
I will note the trend towards automation of equipment management at industrial enterprises and the collection of data from it – I can draw such a conclusion from my own work experience this year. We are increasingly being approached with a request to automate accounting with the possibility of obtaining data from process control systems or other sources of technical and economic indicators. And I think the number of such requests will only increase, and the sphere itself will develop very dynamically.
In addition to one of the points above, I will also talk about the trend towards the collection and analysis of BI (Business intelligence). It is gaining momentum due to the development of cloud corporate infrastructures.
Thus, the need for IT specialists in various areas in 2023 will only increase. And this means increased competition in the labor market and, as a result, increased requirements for the knowledge of IT specialists. So, current trends need not only to be monitored. IT specialists will also need to get ahead of them developing their own professional skills in various areas.
2020, apart from being scary as hell, showed many major releases and trends for the global .NET developer community. And I would like to highlight some of them. One of the major releases was the .NET 5 platform. This platform is a further step for NET.Core, it unites everything significant that the .NET development environment represented: the development of cross-platform desktop applications, mobile applications with Xamarin, game projects on the engine Unity and much more. .NET 5 is a new branch in the technology sphere.
Machine learning is a trend this year and next. The development of artificial intelligence and machine learning has become much more enjoyable with ML.NET technology. In July 2019, a new version of ML.NET 1.2 was announced which included the TimeSeries script package to solve problems such as anomaly detection and sales forecasting. Updates in this technology are expected next year.
Director of information solutions
My top 3 interesting trends and directions for the industry in 2023 are as follows:
- The most interesting direction which development I would suggest following is the so-called “Internet of Bodies” (Internet of Bodies, IoB – by analogy with the Internet of Things, IoT), which is an ecosystem consisting of smart medical devices, wearable gadgets and software using artificial intelligence technologies.
- Second place is after 3D bioprinting technologies, i.e. the use of 3D printing in medicine. To date, much has already been achieved: organs from bone and cartilage tissues are successfully “printed”, and their transplantation does not cause rejection, since the patient’s stem cells are used in their “material”. Not far off is the time when the queues of patients waiting for organ transplants will become a thing of the past.
- Well, the third place is occupied by the standardization of the blockchain. It is no secret that the lack of international standards in this area significantly slows down the development of technology and prevents its application in projects for both government and commercial customers.
In the upcoming year, we expect to see even more smart home solutions targeted at the mass user. Obviously, individual IoT devices are less interesting for the end user than ecosystems. It is complex solutions for smart homes that will become widespread in the near future. If now IoT devices that exist on the market are only able to respond to a user’s request, then soon ecosystems with proactive assistants will appear that can not only recognize speech, but also understand intonations, emotions, mood of the user, take into account the actions that a person performs right now, and future events scheduled in his calendar. It is known that now companies are preparing to release similar solutions for a smart home.
Since the smart home collects a huge amount of information about its owners, more attention will be paid to security. By the time IoT solutions become mainstream, there will be specialized digital lawyers who at the legislative level will ensure the security of the “digital identity” of users.
What are your predictions?