How data is changing the IT industry

By James Daniels, freelance writer.

Data comes in many different forms and is something we encounter every day, even though we might not be aware of it. Most of us are also generating tremendous volumes of data without ever realising it.

From our social media interactions to the texts, calls, and e-mails we make, we are constantly providing observers with more data about us and our lives. As communications technologies become increasingly ubiquitous, it is of little surprise that the amount of data we are now generating every day is so big as to be incomprehensible, and data is rapidly becoming the most valuable commodity in the world.

As well as its value as a commodity, data is also an incredibly powerful tool for businesses and when deployed appropriately it can make a significant difference to a business's conversion rates and abilities to predict and understand the behavior of their customers. As such, data continues to be the driving force in shaping the broader IT industry. Below are some of the key areas that are evolving and maturing thanks to the rise of data collection.

Cloud Services

Cloud services range in their functions from acting as remote storage servers to allowing users to remotely access applications. Cloud services have succeeded in achieving something that many technology sectors can only dream of; they have become ubiquitous to both consumers and businesses without having to push the technology hard. Instead, cloud service providers have organically achieved this by positioning themselves ahead of the curve and offering a service which is useful to both consumers and professionals. The versatility of cloud services has been key in driving the recent data revolution.

Data Management

Managing data within specific environments requires training that is tailored to that environment. As such, there is now a wide range of potential areas of study that, at their core, are focused on collecting and storing information. For example, within a healthcare setting, the master's in health informatics is the preferred degree for those wanting to understand how data within such organisations should be handled to both deliver excellent healthcare and to meet all the legal obligations.

The masters in health informatics is a great degree choice for those who want to make a real difference in the field of medicine and whose skill set is geared towards IT. The rise of online degrees, such as the online MSHI degree, has been a driving force behind the broadening demographics now seeking careers within any one of the various IT related disciplines.

Artificial Intelligence

Many workers within the manufacturing industries are wary of the creeping automation that some feel is needlessly destroying jobs, while others argue it is heralding a new age in which our everyday work and life dynamics will be shaken up. IT workers are facing their own unique form of automation: artificial intelligence. While AI underpins all automation to a degree, many of the most prominent and specialist tech jobs could soon transfer to entirely automated systems.

One of the major differences between the impact automation is having on the manufacturing industry compared to the IT industry is that the IT industry is largely welcoming these developments, regardless of their impact on jobs.

Data is a word that will appear more and more frequently in our lives as time goes on. Collecting and analysing data is a big business and when done correctly it can give individuals and groups a tremendous amount of power.

About the author

James Daniels is a freelance writer, and describes himself as a business enthusiast, "a bit of a tech buff, and an overall geek". He is also an avid reader, who can while away hours reading and knowing about the latest gadgets and tech, whilst offering views and opinions on these topics.

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