It’s the end of the year, and along with the grocery lists for parties and the lengthy wish lists from the kids, all good research analysts are building their lists of predictions for 2017. CompTIA will present a full slate of predictions in our upcoming 2017 IT Industry Outlook (due in January), but one in particular sticks out for me as a bridge between trends of years past and trends of years to come.
It’s not exactly news to say that technology is a big deal for business these days. Even with a long history of companies using computing, there has recently been a tipping point in the world becoming digital and organizations following suit. Whether they are pursuing new customers, developing new products, or extending their brand, businesses are starting to directly drive their outcomes with new technology and new approaches. This has been true for some time for large enterprises, and now companies in the SMB space need to adopt a new mindset.
When you’re doing research, it’s great to see data that reinforces trends you’ve identified in the past. Especially with studies that are repeated on a regular basis, there’s hope and expectation that new findings will show steady progress in the themes from earlier years.
This wasn’t the case with CompTIA’s new cloud study.
One of CompTIA’s themes in 2016 has been the business relevance of IT. Companies are transforming into digital organizations, and the increased reliance on technology as a strategic tool is elevating IT’s role and driving a need for new skills. As this transformation occurs, traditional business objectives are being cast in a new light as they incorporate new tech trends.