Words and Trends in IT

BY Danica Pinto |

Have you ever eavesdropped on a cafe conversation involving work mates from an industry you’re unfamiliar with? If you’re looking for a job or an internship, knowing your industry’s buzzwords and new trends will make you look smart, and knowing what those words actually mean will make you look even smarter. If you’re entering the IT industry, you probably already have a passion for new tech trends. If you don’t, you should at least fake it by learning the basics.

Here are three concepts that barely existed 20 years ago but could grow to dominate the IT industry over the next decade and beyond. They may not be relevant to your current desired position, but knowledge of them could boost your integrity in an interview.

Augmented reality
AR and its friend virtual reality are worth getting excited about. AR technology has been around for a while, but look into companies that are creating platforms that bring it to the masses, and allow you to create and play your own AR experiences. Check out what Onirix are doing, for example.

Hyper Automation
Take existing task-oriented automation and mix it with a little AI and machine - learning. Things that weren’t automated before will become automated, and things that are will become a little more… well…scary.

Edge Computing
Computing that’s done at or near the source of the data. We no longer need Amazon, Microsoft, and Google to store all our data in one central place, it’s now distributed globally, and often kept somewhere close by. Why? To improve security, response times and save bandwidth. Your phone recognises your face – it doesn’t need to contact a server on the other side of the world to log you in.

Talk the talk and walk the walk. In an ever-changing IT industry, keeping up with the latest language and trends could be your ticket to a rewarding career.


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