Here are a selection of insights from various CircuIT consultants for the month of January:
With CircuIT partnering with a number of sporting organisations and entities, Dinh discusses insights from his conversations with those driving sports technology in the Melbourne IT community – in particular with respect to data and analytics. Firstly, many sporting organisations have confused the rush for data acquisition versus actionable insights. The low ROI with data analytics in years gone by, particularly in the sports industry sector, have been centred around teams and governing bodies purely collating and dealing with unstructured, unconnected and/or unusable data. The push moving forward however, will be towards the identification of metrics that are actually useful, and connecting these metrics to draw upon quality data driven outcomes. Secondly, traditionally, the sports technology hardware industry has been quite elementary in terms of its data collection and insights capabilities. This year, the firms that will thrive, will be those that adopt hardware that will actually record previously unattainable data that is genuinely accurate and useful in terms of the metrics recorded. Thirdly, the eSports market is booming, and sporting entities and clubs must seriously look into professional gaming as a major revenue source to compete into the next decade. Even Dinh’s beloved Tottenham Spurs, has recently announced that it will seek to host live eSports matches at their new stadium. A final insight is that sporting content will continue to fragment, both with respect to live games and content produced by clubs themselves. Moving forward, consumers should expect to see digitally advanced sporting entities and clubs distribute their live sport across multiple different mediums, aside from TV (eg Facebook, Twitter and other prominent social media platforms), with the aim of attracting new audiences and revenue streams.
Straight from her meeting with one of Australia’s leading Analytics leaders, Louise can pass on the following insights (excuse the pun)! Louise’s client advised that this year will see maximum synergy between cloud analytics and cloud data. Tech firms will start to operate in a hybrid mode encompassing analytics and data, with on-premise and multi-cloud environments. Moreover, cloud-based analytics platforms will start to leverage common data logic, with analytical software requirements across the organisation to better address ownership costs versus fragmented solutions. In addition, Insight-as-a-service will become more common place, as companies start to tap into rich data insights from data that are not owned or controlled by the company itself. So to summarise, given the true advent of analytics these days, companies that do not embrace a true ‘insights culture’ will be rapidly left behind.
Recruiting heaving in the DevOps space, Aoife sees many shifts and changes in technologies being implemented. As we all know, Amazon’s AWS has been the front runner in Cloud technology, however, a large portion of her clients are shifting towards Microsoft’s Azure. According to her clients, this shift is occurring due to the fact that Azure has a more comprehensive compliance coverage with more than 70 compliance offerings. According to Microsoft, they were the first major cloud provider to contractually commit to the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation. They also claim to embed security, privacy and compliance into their development methodology. This secure practice is lifting restrictions in companies who steered away from cloud technology due to risk of data leakage.
This month, Dylan notes the increasing importance put on AI in order to build “smarter” systems to detect and act on security risks, before or early after highly confident information has been compromised. AI has the potential to increase productivity for all organisations, but with this comes the threat from hackers who will look to AI to find weaknesses in software. Due to this there will be importance placed on the work of Developers and Security personnel to build systems that are intelligent and free of potential cyberattacks. 2018 looks set to be a massive year for AI and security!
As of March 2017, there were a reported 2.2 million apps to choose from on the iTunes App Store and 2.8 million available for Android users. With the app market showing no signs of slowing down, that number is only set to grow. Brad and anyone else looking for these resources, will tell you the demand for Mobile Developers and Technical Leaders is high. The technology surrounding mobile apps is developing fast, 2018 is likely to see an increase in in location based service offerings and advertisements already being offered in the market by Groupon and Scoopon, a number of smaller players within Brad’s client base are discussing how they this will be integrated into their mobile strategies. Historically Mobile Apps where an afterthought of web based initiatives, but now many companies are taking a mobile first approach, following the success of the E Commerce sector. One of Brad’s clients in the Banking and Insurance industry, are looking to replicate the Spotify platform model and apply it to Banking and Insurance products. With the increased traffic towards mobile apps, this is impacting what content and its formatting is effective for mobile devices versus traditional websites. Seek for example have provided advice to recruitment agencies on how best to reach their audience as the majority of Job Seekers search on their Mobile device. Brad, and other CircuIT consultants have adjusted the formatting of adverts to take this advice on board. Augmented Reality, Smart Apps for Smart Homes and increased uptake of Mobile wallets are all worthy mentioned in this dynamic and exciting time within Mobile development space. Exciting times ahead.
Over the last 6 months, Iain has noticed an increase in the use of the technology Kotlin amongst his clients and the Agile community. The general purpose, open source, statically typed “pragmatic” programming language is used for JVM and Android that combines object-oriented and functional programming features. It is focused on interoperability, safety, clarity, and tooling support.
Companies including Pinterest, Basecamp, and Square have already been using it, but now that it has the official support of Google, you can expect to find Kotlin in more and more places.
This month, Aden notes the importance of job-seekers attending professional IT networking nights. With an ever-growing pool of people moving into the IT sector – taking advantage of the booming industry – it becomes critical to allow yourself to ‘stand out from the crowd’. With prominent companies such as Zendesk hosting a Ruby event on the last Wednesday each month, Aconex hosting a Java event on the first Wednesday every month, and ThoughtWorks often hosting emerging trends in technology pan discussions, these are a chance to expand your network & meet people working in the industry. Furthermore, the topics discussed at aforementioned events are often voted by the attendees, showing they are contentious issues within the IT industry at present, allowing attendees to stay-on-top of the direction their field is moving. Lastly, attending these meet-ups shows you’re passionate about the field in which you work in, and understand the importance of continuous learning development.
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