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Contributed by Art Landro, CEO, Sencha
Five Technology Trends to Look Out For In 2017
In 2015, I predicted that in 2016 the explosion of data would
drastically transform the technology landscape, requiring organizations to
visualize all incoming data from IoT devices for rapid decision making and
insight into competitiveness and viability.
I believe data will remain a key growth area in the coming
year. Read on to learn why, and find out what else I think we have in store for
1. In 2017, we will create more data than ever
before, creating new challenges around consuming that data to make strategic
and tactical decisions.
More data was created in the last two
years than the previous 5,000 years of humanity. In 2017, we will create even
more data in one year alone. The type of data created is expanding rapidly
across a wide range of industries: biotech, energy, IoT, healthcare,
automotive, space and deep sea explorations, cybersecurity, social media,
telecom, consumer electronics, manufacturing, gaming and entertainment - the
list goes on. Yet, recent research has found that less than 0.5 percent of that
data is actually being analyzed for operational decision making.
The focus in software will be getting
your hands around all that data and being able to use it either strategically
to make important long-term decisions, or in real-time to make operational
decisions - as there is no value to the data being created if you can't use it.
In order to get ahead and stay ahead of the competition, it will be critical
for organizations to leverage web application lifecycle management platforms that
have the capability to consume huge amounts of data and present that data in a
way that helps them make the right decisions.
2. The desktop isn't dead - and it's here to
Many people predicted that paper would
be obsolete by now. It's not. The same is true for the desktop. In fact, the
desktop will be around for another 30+ years. While mobile and tablets will
remain important to our everyday lives and simple business processes, people
simply do not want to view and analyze data on a small screen.
According to findings of a global
survey, "The State of the Modern
recently conducted by Dimensional Research, 80 percent of development
professionals believe desktop applications are "absolutely essential" to their
business operations. Additionally, the survey found that 81 percent of desktop
applications are maintained for more than three years, compared to just 55
percent of smartphone applications. These research results confirm that the
desktop is far from dead. The desktop remains the most critical platform for
business applications due in part to the massive explosion in the complexity
and volume of data, which is driving increased demand for data visualization
techniques as users seek to make more informed strategic and operational
3. Competition between enterprises and small
businesses/startups will heat up.
The number of startups and small
software companies building applications that are more flexible, more graphic
and more intuitive to replace legacy ERP, CRM and Supply Chain Management (SCM)
systems offered by large enterprises will increase. To stay competitive, large
software providers such as Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, and Salesforce will need to
be much more agile and flexible in building flexible, easy-to-use business
critical applications and platforms. We'll see enterprises adopt a much more
open-minded view toward partnerships and what partnerships mean in this digital
4. CEOs will become more generalists, than
specialists, and every company will need a CTO.
As we move deeper and deeper into the
Digital Age and technology becomes more prevalent in all industries, CEOs will
become more generalists who are focused on building the right teams to succeed,
rather than being an expert in every topic. Every company in every industry,
from agriculture, mining and manufacturing to logistics, financial services and
healthcare, will become a technology company. Additionally, every technology
company will need a CTO who has a deep understanding of the company's
technological infrastructure, software development and support needs.
5. Software developers will rule the digital
While developing and building
relationships with customers over the last year, I've learned that many
executives' number one challenge is finding quality software developers. Today,
we live and work in a world where there continues to be massive growth in
technological advances and an explosion of technical choices. In this world,
developers - specifically, software developers wielding web technology skills
and tools that turn ideas into amazing applications which drive operations and
businesses around the planet - rule.
According to the previously cited Dimensional
Research survey, 76 percent of organizations plan to increase investment in web
technologies in 2017. Hiring and retaining quality developer talent will become
even more critical as organizations feel the increasing pressure to deliver
sophisticated, complex and long-lasting applications quickly, while still
providing high quality, long-lived products.
About the Author
Art Landro is CEO of Sencha, a company providing a unified platform for designing, developing and testing
cross-platform web applications. With over 25 years of
global business experience, Art brings to Sencha deep operational expertise
across sales, marketing, product development, services, and support. Prior to
Sencha, Art was the CEO of Cordys where he transformed the Netherlands-based
software company into a BPM PaaS and Cloud Provisioning provider and
successfully led its acquisition by OpenText. Before that he was President of
MontaVista Software, breaking into non-traditional Linux markets such as automotive
infotainment systems and aerospace controls. Art has led sales and services
organizations in the Asia Pacific/Japan territory with Documentum, Cadence, and
General DataComm, living in the region for over 12 years.
Art holds a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut
and also served 5 years of Active Duty in the US Air Force and 22 years in the
Air Force Reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.