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The new year is just around the corner and now’s the perfect time to create your IT plan and budget for 2018. But before you get started, you’ll want to take a look at the top 4 IT trends in 2018.
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Here’s the top 4 IT trends you can expect to see in 2018:

#1: Expansion in IoT.

With the recent boom of wireless technology, the Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding at a fast rate. According to Gartner, there are more than 8.4 billion things on the Internet today which is 30% more than last year. However, Forbes put it best when they said, “It isn’t so much about the things, but rather what we do with the things once they are connected and supplying us data.” These include analytics, edge computing and 5G.

Security should be of utmost importance when it comes to securing I0T devices. In fact, only 20% of organizations have security solutions in place to protect them. This is a major cause for concern going into 2018. It will require a multi-layer security approach and deep learning technologies to identify threats and protect against devastating security breaches.

#2: Enhanced business intelligence and analytics.

The information being collected from IoT is revolutionary! As cliche as this sounds, it will change the world thanks to greater transparency from the analytics gathered.  In 2018, businesses will see an increase in efficiency and profitability as they will be able to make more educated decisions that directly affect the organization’s success.

Plus, it no longer takes a developer or someone technical to dream up custom analytics dashboards tailored. Now, the average person can be apart of the process and even manage the dashboards with a user friendly tools like Microsoft’s Power Bi.

#3: Adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by more organizations.

AI is no longer just in the movies. With Alexa and Siri, more and more people are using AI in their homes and businesses like Amazon and Microsoft. In the coming year, there will be an increase in AI adoption within small and mid-size organizations due to the affordability of it. Companies can use AI to assist in customer communication and office automation.

#4: Increased security to prevent against Ransomware and other cyber threats.

Expect to see security and cyber threat intelligence as an IT trend until the end of time. With advancements in IoT and AI, there also comes growth and improvements with malware. Hackers are constantly becoming more sophisticated in their attacks as seen with WannaCry and the Equifax data breach. In 2016, 49% of organizations fell victim to Ransomware which makes it understandable that 59% of people have security as their top priority.

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