Monday, November 21, 2016

November 2016 Issue
The 2017 Predictions Are Out!  

It's November and the IT predictions for 2017 are rolling in! True, some are over the top, but there are others well worth noting.

After checking out several sources, here are some of the predictions that stood out to us:
  1. The Internet of Things: What list would be complete without a "take" on what will happen in 2017 with IoT. What will happen? Growth, to put it mildly. Gartner predicted a 30% increase from 2015 to 4 billion connected devices in 2016. And it's expected to continue its climb up to 20.8 billion by 2020. There's no turning back on IoT. And who would want to?
  2. Digital Migration: This continues to be a high priority for about 80% of businesses, according to research sited by It will only continue to grow in importance as organizations realize the need to replace aging infrastructures to support the growing need for a digital framework.
  3. 5G Technology: Still years away from full deployment, but we will start to hear more about 5G from some of the big guys such as AT&T. They have already ironed out a plan for "Release-15", considered to be the first release that incorporates 5G specifications.
  4. Mobile Payment Technology: Right now, an estimated 20% of consumers are using mobile pay solutions. As security issues are addressed and trust grows, however, that number is expected to rise dramatically.
  5. Value Chain Partnerships: Strategic collaborations and partnerships are expected to rise to meet the escalating demands of a more sophisticated user base. Competition will increase and organizations will "team up" to provide best of breed solutions.
  6. Security: The issue that never grows old. Network security solutions will be on the rise to address the increased security risks that the growing number of connected devices bring with them. Hacking methods have become more sophisticated, such as DDoS, cyber extortion, etc. Security will remain one of the top issues for all organizations.
What did we miss here? Let us know what your top IT initiatives are for 2017.
The CDR-DATA team of IT/Telecom veterans loves the challenges associated with new technologies. We live and breathe what's "around the corner". Contact us to find out more about how we can help you address your IT/Telecom challenges, whatever they might be.


Kevin Young, Founder and CEO 
The Internet (Nightmare) of Things. 

It almost goes without saying that the more devices we connect to, the more potential for security headaches. Or nightmares, according a an article from ZDNet.

As the article starts off, "The baby monitors transmitting a live feed onto the internet for all to see -- and the smart teddy bear that could be hijacked. The car that allows hackers to take control of systems remotely. The power grid knocked offline by attackers accessing industrial control systems."

Scary stuff. For more "thrills" read the article here.   

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