Essential Skills for the Future of IT

Essential Skills for the Future of IT


In today’s digital world, IT covers a broad and ever-growing spectrum.

With disruptive new technologies and exciting innovations emerging constantly, IT has to grow, evolve and scale up to meet the increasingly sophisticated needs of today’s commercial world.

In fact, a recent study suggests that information technology spending will exceed $4.8 trillion in 2018, with the US accounting for around $1.5 trillion of the overall market. What’s more, according to the same report, the software will make up 18% of the overall spend and development, with devices and infrastructure covering 17% and emerging technologies claiming 12% of the IT pie.

The future of IT is bright and prosperous, but where is it going exactly? Here we’re going to look at four key areas of IT and what this year and beyond has in store for them.

Let’s go.

Cloud computing

This year is set to see exponential growth in the cloud computing sector as more IT executives harness its capabilities to improve the infrastructure of their business.

As a result of this demand, increased cloud storage capacity will be realised, meaning more scope for businesses to reach the core goals and objectives.


Data, as you might have already gathered, isn't going anywhere - in fact, it's only going to get bigger and bigger, providing more insights than ever before.

With streams of data getting all the more expansive, more will need to be done to ensure value is extracted from all of these metrics floating around the digital sphere. As a result for this quest for value and deeper insight, the role of the data curator may become one of the most important roles in any modern organisation. Sitting somewhere between data analyst and data scientist, the data curator will understand the meaning of the data as well as the technologies that are applied to those insights.

Data will expand but to thrive and gain an all-important edge on the competition, addition talent and innovations will be required to ensure you’re getting the very most from your insights.


We are living in a mobile world where to make important decisions, hold important meetings, share key information and produce work is no longer hindered by physical or geographical boundaries. Last year was huge for enterprise mobility, and this year is touted to be even bigger.

The mass adoption of the IoT across a host of sectors continues to grow, with many businesses taking advantage of wearable tech to better equip their employees and enhance productivity.

Not only will AI and machine learning make the mobile experience smarter, more streamlined and more autonomous for businesses and consumers, but the rise of immersive experience will also make a significant impact. Augmented reality (AR) will make the lives of employees easier, boosting morale and increasing productivity, and it's already been proven to work.

Companies including DHL and Samsung have recently used AR to better inform their staff during warehouse picking. As a result, Samsung has reaped the rewards of a 22% increase in productivity and a 10% reduction in errors.


As technology, and indeed IT innovations, become all the more sophisticated, so does the threat of cyber attacks. As IT-powered attacks, as well as sandbox-evading malware, ransomware and IoT-based issues rise, the adoption of far more sophisticated security developments is inevitable. As time rolls on, more and more companies will begin to adopt sophisticated real-time change auditing solutions; the commercial use of remote browsers will also increase.

In 2018, prioritising the security of your organisation is a must, a failure to comply could result in disaster. The future of IT seems far from dull and to ensure you're able to move with the changes, continuous learning is a must - it's the only way to stay ahead of the pack and ensure a bright and prosperous future of your own.

For more on digital security, read our best practices for securing your privacy and personal data.


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