2019 & Beyond: The Top Technologies Influencing the IT Industry

John Akkara
2019 & Beyond: The Top Technologies Influencing the IT Industry

In our technology-driven world, IT professionals have their work cut out for them. With technology evolving so quickly, continual learning is more than just a desire – it’s a necessity. Trends are constantly changing, but here are a few of the top technologies to consider in 2019.

Artificial Intelligence

This has been a trend for years because it keeps growing and evolving. Artificial Intelligence, or AI, branches into all areas of life, including on the job. Beyond just map and rideshare apps, AI is used in the professional world to assess risks, do maintenance, improve efficiency, and even schedule trains. While AI will keep eliminating jobs because of what it can accomplish, the need for those who understand it will rise, creating more jobs specifically in the AI field.

Machine Learning

This is a branch of AI where computers can learn to do things they were not originally programmed to do. This means they can analyze data and patterns and learn something completely new.  In the workplace, it helps with data mining, analytics and pattern recognition.

Robotic Process Automation

Similar to both AI and machine learning, Robotic Process Automation, or RPA, is a software that automates business processes. Essentially it automates the repetitive tasks people do at work every day. It’s not limited to workers lower in a company – almost 50 percent of all activities done at work can be automated at any level.

Edge Computing

Cloud-based systems are becoming more and more popular among businesses, but a new problem is arising from the large quantity of data that’s constantly increasing. Trying to access data can take time because there’s so much to process, which is where Edge Computing comes in. The data is stored ‘on the edge,’ meaning it’s easier to access when needed.

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things, or IoT, refers to the general connectivity of everything to the internet and how they can connect to each other. In a word, this is the future. While it’s mostly known for its uses around the home, like remotely locking doors and starting ovens, its usefulness in business is starting to emerge in areas like improving process speeds and the safety of data collection.


This certainly isn’t a new trend, but one that will continue to grow and evolve as the threats do. Hackers are unlikely to stop their efforts, which means cybersecurity can’t take a break or rest on ‘good enough’ either. This is one of the fastest-growing areas for tech jobs, with rates three times faster, but many jobs are left unfilled without the talent to hire.

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