Top Tech Trends to Watch Out For in 2018

The tech­nolo­gies that will dom­i­nate the tech world in the new year are based on open source soft­ware.

OpenSource For You - - For U & Me - By: Di­nesh Ku­mar The au­thor is the CEO of Sedin Tech­nolo­gies and the co-founder of Rail­sFac­tory. He is a pas­sion­ate pro­po­nent of open source and keenly ob­serves the trends in this space. In this new col­umn, he digs into his ex­pe­ri­ence of ser­vic­ing over 20

At the start of a brand new year, I looked into the crys­tal ball to fig­ure out the ar­eas that no tech­nol­o­gist can af­ford to ig­nore. Here is my run­down on some of the top trends that will de­fine 2018.

Au­to­ma­tion and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence

Two of the most talked about trends are in­creas­ingly util­is­ing open source. Com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Google, Ama­zon and Mi­crosoft have re­leased the code for Open Net­work Au­to­ma­tion Platform (ONAP) soft­ware frame­works that are de­signed to help de­vel­op­ers build pow­er­ful AI ap­pli­ca­tions.

In fact, Gart­ner says that ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence is go­ing to widen its net to in­clude data prepa­ra­tion, in­te­gra­tion, al­go­rithm se­lec­tion, train­ing method­ol­ogy se­lec­tion, and model creation. I can point out so many ex­am­ples right now such as chat­bots, au­tonomous ve­hi­cles and drones, video games as well as other real-life sce­nar­ios such as de­sign, train­ing and vi­su­al­i­sa­tion pro­cesses.

Open source con­tain­ers are no longer or­phans now

DevOps ecosys­tems are now see­ing the wide­spread adop­tion of con­tain­ers like Docker for open source e-com­merce de­vel­op­ment.

Con­tain­ers are one of the hottest tick­ets in open source tech­nol­ogy. You can imag­ine them as a light­weight pack­ing of ap­pli­ca­tion soft­ware that has all its de­pen­den­cies bun­dled for easy porta­bil­ity. This re­moves a lot of has­sles for en­ter­prises as they cut down on costs and time.

Ac­cord­ing to 451 Re­search, the mar­ket is ex­pected to grow by more than 250 per cent be­tween 2016 and 2020. Mi­crosoft re­cently con­trib­uted to the mix by launch­ing its Virtual Kubelet con­nec­tor for Azure, stream­lin­ing the whole con­tainer man­age­ment process.

Blockchain finds its foot­ing

As Bit­coin is likely to hit the US$ 20,000 mark, we’re all in awe of the blockchain tech­nol­ogy be­hind all the crypto cur­ren­cies. Other in­dus­tries are ex­pected to fol­low suit, such as sup­ply chain, health­care, gov­ern­ment ser­vices, etc.

The fact that it’s not controlled by any sin­gle author­ity and has no sin­gle point of fail­ure makes it a very ro­bust, trans­par­ent, and in­cor­rupt­ible tech­nol­ogy. Rus­sia has also be­come one of the first coun­tries to em­brace the tech­nol­ogy by pi­lot­ing its bank­ing in­dus­try’s first ever pay­ment trans­ac­tion. Sber­bank, Rus­sia’s big­gest bank by assets, has ex­e­cuted a re­al­time money trans­fer over an IBM-built blockchain based on the Hyper­ledger open source col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­ject.

One more case in point is a con­sor­tium com­pris­ing more than a dozen food com­pa­nies and re­tail­ers — in­clud­ing Wal­mart, Nes­tle and Tyson Foods—ded­i­cated to us­ing blockchain tech­nol­ogy to gather bet­ter in­for­ma­tion on the ori­gin and state of food.

IoT-re­lated open source tools/li­braries

IoT has al­ready made its pres­ence felt. Var­i­ous open source tools are avail­able now that are a per­fect match to fur­ther the IoT chal­lenges such as Ar­duino, Home As­sis­tant, Zetta, De­vice Hive, and ThingS­peak. Open source has al­ready served as the foun­da­tion for IoT’s growth till now and will con­tinue to do so.

OpenS­tack to gain more ac­cep­tance

OpenS­tack has en­joyed tremen­dous suc­cess since the be­gin­ning, with its ex­cit­ing and cre­ative ways to utilise the cloud. But it lags be­hind when it comes to adop­tion, partly due to its com­plex struc­ture and de­pen­dence on vir­tu­al­i­sa­tion, servers and extensive net­work­ing re­sources.

But new fixes are in the works as sev­eral big soft­ware de­vel­op­ment and host­ing com­pa­nies work over­time to re­solve the un­der­ly­ing chal­lenges. In fact, OpenS­tack has now ex­panded its scope to in­clude con­tain­ers with the re­cent launch of the Kata con­tain­ers pro­ject.

Open source is evolv­ing at a great pace, which presents tremen­dous op­por­tu­ni­ties for en­ter­prises to grow big­ger and bet­ter. To­day, the cloud also shares a close bond with the open source apps, with the ser­vices of var­i­ous big cloud com­pa­nies like AWS, Google Cloud, and Mi­crosoft Azure be­ing quite open source-friendly.

I can think of no bet­ter way to say this, but it is poised to be the driver be­hind var­i­ous in­no­va­tions. I’d love to hear your thoughts on other trends that will dom­i­nate 2018. Do drop me a line (di­nesh@rail­sfac­tory.com).

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