Due to the emergence of new technologies and strategies, the IT industry is constantly evolving. It is essential that CIOs stay in front of these trends in order to to properly prepare their companies. Kirill Bensonoff, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Computer Support, has a decade of experience running an IT services company and is in the unique position to predict the future. I sat down with him to discuss what will change in the IT industry in the next three years.

The Cloud Is Going to Get Bigger

According to Bensonoff, cloud computing will continue to grow. Within three years, 75 percent of the services small and medium-sized business use will be delivered from the cloud.

Cloud computing emerged as a major player after the economic downturn. Companies utilized the cloud to provide an affordable way to reduce costs while increasing their profits.

Now, cloud computing offers more than cost incentives. Amazon Web Services recently acquired NICE, an Italian software and services company. This acquisition is the most recent in a series of events that suggests cloud computing is becoming more feature-based. People are not simply looking for price cuts. They also want a wealth of features, which means more cloud companies will likely team up with software and service giants like NICE.

Mobile Devices Will Outnumber Non-Mobile Devices 3 to 1

It is no secret that mobile devices continue to take a bigger market share, but that growth will explode in the next three years, with the potential to outnumber other internet-connected devices 3 to 1. This is due in part to the power of the cloud. People do not need powerful computers to run programs; their smartphones can connect to cloud-based services that do the heavy lifting for them.

Small gadgets that seem gimmicky today will be powerful tools tomorrow. Apple's iWatch and Google Glass will be able to leverage cloud services and perform at a much higher level. This will continue to drive the trend away from desktop computers.

DevOps Will Be More Important Than Ever Before

More and more companies are creating their own software instead of purchasing it from third-party vendors. Because of that, businesses of all sizes need to have DevOps teams onsite.

When companies have DevOps teams onsite, they avoid some of the serious problems that plague businesses, like massive technical debt and broken promises. These issues slow down deployments, which hurt companies from the ground all the way up to their shareholders.

DevOps lets companies avoid these problems by providing a fast flow of features, minus the disruption that is caused by outsourcing the tasks. One simply needs to look at the success of companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Netflix to see the power of having a DevOps team onsite. These companies create thousands of code deploys per day and do so while providing functional, reliable, and secure websites. Businesses of all sizes can enjoy the same success by having their DevOps teams onsite.

It's Going to Be Harder to Hire Talent

There has been a talent shortage in the IT industry for a long time and that shortage will continue to get worse over the next three years. This is partially due to the ever-changing nature of the technology industry. As the industry evolves, the skills needed for specific jobs change as well. Fewer and fewer people have those skills, so jobs either go unfilled or companies have to train employees in-house.

There is also a growing demand for IT professionals, and absent an influx of talent, it is likely that the shortage will continue to grow.

The Internet of Things Expands

While many people are already in awe of the Internet of Things, it's just getting started. Bensonoff predicts that it will continue to expand and become the new normal for interconnected devices.

Technology companies are currently addressing some of the issues that are holding the Internet of Things back; issues like the need to use the same software for different devices. But once these issues are fixed, the door will be open for the Internet of Things to take over.

Once it does, expect the money to start rolling into tech companies. Analysts expect the Internet of Things to generate between $3.9 trillion and $11.1 trillion per year by 2025. While it won't hit those figures within the next three years, tech companies can still expect to rake in sizable amounts of money if they become a part of this growing trend.

This is an exciting time to be a part of the IT industry. To keep pace with its advance, it is important that you are educated on the emerging trends and changes. That is the best way to satisfy your customer base and shareholders.

Published on: Feb 18, 2016