The advancement of technology in computing and telecommunications has had a huge impact on IT companies. With new tools come demands to solve age-old problems that companies and their IT departments consistently face.
Classic technology and science elements are never far off and always resurface as features on software and other tech tools, usually as solutions to problems in the industry. According to computer science professor at American Sentinel University, Dan Randall, “Almost every new product or business is poised to benefit from techniques and training that enable technology, the same techniques that have been around for decades.”
Below are some trends and their effects on IT professionals:
The Era of Smartphones and Tablets
Smartphones have been running apps for a few years now and the trend is only getting more serious. Manufacturers and software engineers have now incorporated powerful dual-core chipsets on these devices. We are already seeing handheld devices equipped with quad-core chips, making them more powerful than their desktop counterparts, and moving mobile computing into corporate circles. Some corporations have already tied smartphones into their back end operations.
Data-centric cell phone plans have seen widespread use insofar that voice communications is dropping off. This integration between smartphones and IT systems is expected to grow as new, less expensive tablets become available and more popular.
Apple’s (News - Alert) influence on mobile computing is undeniable and by avoiding Flash, more developers are using HTML5 to develop cross-platform applications that can run on all relevant devices via mobile.
Goodbye Optical Drives
Optical drives have long been standard equipment on laptops. PC manufacturers, however, are using the new Intel (News - Alert) Ultrabook reference design to compete with the MacBook Air from Apple, both of which have an aversion toward optical drives.
Software stores are also becoming commonplace. Already Apple and Microsoft (News - Alert) have their own store versions where users can obtain applications and software updates. Automated software distribution seems to be the next trend in technology and companies need to adopt this trend. This is essential in situations where software installation directly onto client machines is difficult. An internet connection and cellular communications that have enough bandwidth will of course need to be in place.
What About Facebook (News - Alert) Restrictions?
As more employees spend time on Facebook, companies have restricted Facebook access at work. The network, however, seems to have countered this move by implementing Facebook ID authentication which makes it easier for major media sites and other online destinations to integrate Facebook logins. In order to survive, corporations will need to find a way to let employees use Facebook and at the same time keep them productive.
These trends are having a very real effect on how IT departments run and operate. In order to execute their mandates effectively, corporations must adopt them for the changes they bring. Companies will need well-trained staff who know how to apply these changes into operations in a way that adds value to the business.
"The very best way to accelerate a career in technology is earning a degree in technology and develop a passion for the field," said Randall. It is therefore critical to teach practical application of technology to address common business challenges. According to Randall, American Sentinel University does exactly that.
Edited by Braden Becker