2018 promises to be a year of change for businesses of all sizes. There are the new tax laws that will be making a difference for many Americans. Health insurance is still a big issue in 2018 but the lack of decisions will drive changes anyway. Then there are the yet unforeseen things that can crop up in a years’ time, what changes will they bring? Well, there’s no way of knowing the future, but there are some things we can see coming due to the influence of technology.
More companies are changing their strategy in the way they will be handling IT security. The new emphasis will be geared more towards detection and response rather than prevention as it is now. This may be in part due to the realization that virtually any data can be hacked at some point.
More changes in the area of IT, as there will be a shift away from “cloud” services to “microservices” where companies will be looking to scale by breaking up their IT into segments that are more dynamic and easier to manage. More reliance on Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) type approaches will be the new way of thinking.
Energy saving will be enhanced through the use of low power wide area networking (LPWAN) being used to run more predictive maintenance applications for industrial equipment.
Technology continues to drive change in the work environment as more companies start to get smart about how they use space to drive productivity and adapt to new employee behaviors and tech tools. Large companies are taking advantage of the opportunity to reduce their real estate commitments and move more to flex desk as more employees can now be connected from home.
Those are just some of the expected changes that we can see coming, there are bound to be many more that no one can predict.