If you’ve chosen the IT field as your career path, you have a tough job. You’re in charge of keeping your company’s systems and applications running smoothly, supporting business users, finding new ways to improve your company with technology, and more. To top it all off, you also must find a way to stay up to date with the ever changing tech trends and news while keeping your own skills current. Whew! There’s just not enough time in the day for everything.
Starting in 2012, I want to help you with that in a couple of ways. First, I realize that it’s incredibly difficult to learn new skills when you’re already strapped for time. So, I plan on including many more helpful tutorials in this blog that you can use to easily improve your business applications.
Secondly, I realize there’s a large amount of tech news and articles published on a weekly basis. While much of it is actually quite helpful, the problem is, most of it isn’t. So, starting with this post, I’d like to write up a weekly recap of the most interesting tech articles and news stories that I’ve run across over the past week. Hopefully, this should leave you with at least a few helpful articles that you may have otherwise missed.
10 tech trends for 2012 (cnn.com)
Summary: In 2012, we’ll rely on mobile devices more than ever. Voice control will take off, and mobile payments will become mainstream. Also, the iPad will face some very real competition, which means that app developers will have more platforms to push their apps. This also means that businesses who plan on building mobile apps will have even more platforms to build for, which will drive more businesses towards the cross-platform benefits of mobile web apps.
Significant Software Developments of 2011 (dzone.com)
Summary: Over the last year, we’ve seen many changes in software development that will affect your company in 2012. This article provides a great recap, highlighting important areas such as the growth of mobile app development, Java’s rising popularity, HTML5 advancements, and much more.
2012: Year of fast change for IT Professionals (cio.com)
Summary: The pace of IT change is speeding up, driven largely by consumer devices and cloud computing. IT departments must find ways to quickly adapt to new changes, and become more productive and efficient than ever.
12 enterprise IT resolutions for 2012 (informationweek.com)
Summary: What can IT departments do to become more progressive in 2012? According to this list, they can get ready for HTML5, take advantage of mobile, upgrade their old hardware/software, and much more. Also, business data has exploded over the last few years, which puts more pressure on IT departments. They must not only get control of the massive flow of data, but also set up analytics to help the business use that data to their advantage.