CompTIA’s scan of the technology
landscape points to another year of innovation, growth, and a few surprises.
Recent advances have made the leap from what is typically characterized as
interesting or cool to what can only be described as mind-blowing. What was
once considered futuristic technology is all around us. The future is now.
By just about every measure,
technology continues to shape the world around us in ever more interesting and
sometimes unsettling ways. With the groundwork of cloud, mobility, data and
connectivity laid, the year ahead will see evolutionary advances on many
fronts. Digital business transformation remains a driving force for small and
large enterprises alike. Companies will have the opportunity to explore
advances in areas such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, advanced
analytics, the internet of things, and inevitably, a few unexpected
COMPTIA has forecast four major technology
trends for 2017:
Tools of the Cloud Era Emerge
Gets Worse Before It Gets Better
Teams Bridge the Gap Between IT and Business
Transforms Physical Environments and Social
These trends also mean that
professionals with skills in these technologies will be in high demand. We take
a deeper look at IoT.
What is Internet of Things (IoT?)
IoT Transforms Physical Environments and Social
the buzz and the backlash, the Internet of Things is primed to be a massive
disruptor. It will impact the
way all governments, businesses, and consumers interact with the physical
world. According to Gartner, there will be 26
billion connected devices by 2020. This is an indication of the enormous demand
for IT pros with skills in IoT.
The Internet of things is the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles,
buildings, and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect
and exchange data.
As physical objects gain intelligence
and connectivity, new opportunities will rise across all industries. The
transition will take time, though. The pace of technology has accelerated, but
the complexity of IoT and the regulations and protocols required for
integration will drive a long adoption cycle.
The breadth of potential applications
has allowed many companies to get their feet wet in this space, and the lessons
learned from cloud initiatives will help businesses consider security
implications and hidden costs as they continue discovering the benefits of
Beyond individual business
applications, one of the prime drivers for IoT will change everyday life. Smart
City initiatives will bring about societal change as they also pave the way for
large-scale technology efforts.
Skills are required to succeed in IoT
Considering the vast breadth of
potential applications that will impact the everyday life of consumers,
software engineers will be expected to bridge the gap between the physical and
digital worlds. To be successful programmers will be required to keep abreast
of evolving hardware platforms, programming languages, tools and methodologies while
understanding the importance of design and usability aspects.
IoT requires a combination of skills -
those who can both engineer new products and process the data they collect.
Here are skills that are important to
succeed in IoT:
Skills required include: Micro-electromechanical
systems (MEMS) engineering, Sensor technology, Computer-aided design (CAD),
Embedded software, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other connectivity solutions, Wireless
In the IoT world,
mobile will not be restricted to smartphones, it could also be a car or any
other connected device and mobile devices will control most connected objects. Software
developers including Apple iOS and Android developers.
Skills required include: iOS development,
Android developer skills, testing devices on new platforms, experience
Security and Data Analytics
will be critical to protect the huge amount of data that will be collected and
also to prevent disasters due to hacking of these connected devices. Skilled
engineers, architects and analysts will be needed to gather and process the
Cybersecurity analysis, Ethical hacking, Public key infrastructure (PKI)
security Wireless network security and ability to analyze and process
information among others.
will have to be turned into actionable intelligence for companies. Professionals
with a strong knowledge in Big Data applications, data analysis, and business
acumen will be in high demand.
Skills required include: Hadoop, NoSQL, Sensor data analysis, and predictive
analytics, among others
set to impact everyday lives of consumers with numerous connected devices hence
creating easy to use interfaces will be critical.
Skills required include: service design,
Responsive Web Design, visualization among others.
large number of ways to send and collect data are created with all of the
embedded sensors utilized in IoT objects that communicate to one another. A
reliable and secure avenue of traffic is vital, therefore electrical and
network engineering skills will be essentials for the IoT. Existing, open and
standard networking technologies imbedded in IoT devices/infrastructures is the
goal and will drive the skills requirements.
include: network engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, Deploying and
troubleshooting modern networks, Knowledge of current networking standards and
technologies, RFID, Wireless protocols like Bluetooth Low Energy, knowledge of
wireless connections, etc.