According to the US Department of Labor IT jobs are expected to be among the fastest growing trough 2024. And, frankly, why wouldn’t they be in a world as dependent on existing as well as upcoming technologies as ours.
It’s not the demand for IT professionals that can surprise you in 2018, but rather the lack of experts.
Why? Because the market isn’t hungry for web designers and mobile app developers any more. It has grown to be more diversified. It desires niche specialists like cybersecurity experts, data analysts, IoT and AI development leads, etc. Those guys and girls are too far and too few in between.
This trend is visible outside HR surveys as well. Our guys at TrendLine, for example, have worked on Big Data, IoT and AR projects more throughout this year than in 2015 and 2016 combined.
We’ve even started additional training of staff for the most demanded positions in-house across all 3 offices despite the fact that we have access to a network of 50,000 developers. This step has allowed us to mitigate the largest challenge of software development – hiring talent – for us and our clients.
Additionally, the recent rise in demand for complex projects gave us the data we needed to write this post. So what are the hottest technologies of 2018 so far that demand for exclusive skillsets outstaffing companies such as ourselves can offer?
#1. Data Science
The rising demand in AI and machine learning applications capable of gathering and analyzing data is one of the hottest directions for our engineers right now. This field is particularly interesting because of the vast array of skills developers need to master. Sure, there are the standard coding languages like Python and Java, but there is also a need in understanding of mathematics as well as physics. We do need to know how the machines think before we can teach them to think like us, don’t we?
#2. Cloud tech
It’s not a secret that the lion’s share of solutions today – box existing and under development – are based in the cloud. Cloud is simpler, less expensive in terms of both licensing and hardware investments and it is also more efficient in 9 cases out of 10.
This is why a lot of our team’s focus is dedicated into training of skilled DevOps engineers and experts in such technologies as Microsoft Hyper-V, Azure, VMware and Amazon Web Services.
One more curious thing worth noticing is the rise of blockchain technologies and distributed computing. They are not as high in demand today, but with the opportunities they offer as a new breath for fog computing and distributed networks, we feel like their time will come sooner than later. We, for once, are already training engineers in this domain today.
IoT or the Internet of Things has been bathing in the spotlights for the past several years, yet the demand for solutions from this niche only rises.
Humanity is paving it’s way into interconnectivity across a multitude of devices and platforms from vehicles to backpacks. Specialists from TrendLine stand guard while mastering development practices as well as ways of mitigating potential security risks the industry brings along.
Smarter, data-driven sales and the vast improvements in the AI industry are bringing upon a new wave of automation with chatbots headlining it all the way through.
Not only do we predict that some of the major brands will drop their websites entirely in favor of conversation-driven chatbots that can help users with picking the perfect product, but we are also gaining experience in development of them on 7 projects at this very moment.
Why are chatbots the future?
Think about it: would you prefer to browse through dosens of pages on a website when looking for a new pair of shoes, or would you rather say something like, “hey robot-assistant-man, I need a pair of black nikes under $200”?
#5. Apache Kafka
The engine behind Airbnb and Twitter, Apache Kafka provides businesses with more advanced intelligence sources.
In simple words, this tech gathers a lot of data like likes, shares, page views, etc. and pours all of it into a predictive analysis engine in order to analyze customer behavior.
Yes, the technology may not be all the rage right now, but the volumes of search engine enquiries and topics on forums as well as Github are spiking right now, which is a clear signal of an emerging trend and we are happy to headline it.
Who could say no to more business intelligence after all?
Java is big, it really is. Some may consider its dominance as a sing of strength but we won’t. At least not in the domain of software development.
Why? Because everything that’s as big as Java is also terribly slow. It simply doesn’t adapt to change and market demand soon enough, unlike the newly emerging technologies still fighting fior their place under the spotlights.
Kotlin is one of these new kids on a block. It is a programming language that helps streamline Android application development. It was built upon a solid foundation in 2016 and is getting traction right now among mobile application developers.
We’ve introduced you to a list of technologies we are focusing on right now aside the “business as usual” workflow. Do you believe that they are the future or, perhaps, you have other groundbreaking tech on your mind?
Feel free to share your ideas with us directly, or you can also leave a comment with your opinion under this post.