The boundaries around IT are falling – tech is becoming integral to all parts of a business’ operations, no matter its size or sector. It’s no surprise therefore that Australian technology spending will rise to $84.4 billion in 2018, according to Gartner.
All in all it’s a really exciting time to be working in tech – and candidates who stay abreast of current trends in the sector have the best chance of landing their dream job. So we thought it was high time we take a look at the key tech trends that will impact Australia in 2018. The value of Bitcoin is rising, with blockchain technology becoming more and more popular as a result.
1) Blockchain Blockchain is a ledger that records cryptocurrency transactions and then shares this information with anyone in that network. The records can’t be retroactively altered, so it gives users a way of keeping track of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The Australian government announced in 2017 that it was going to make concerted efforts to regulate Bitcoin (the value of which soared above US$10,000 in November and is continuing to rise). This means attention given to blockchain technology in Australia is only going to increase.
2) Dark analytics For a while now, a lot of attention has been given to data analytics, but the new trend is all about analysing unstructured data. This is information found in emails, file notes and other types of communications. It can give a range of valuable insights, but up until now companies have found it difficult to access and analyse. However new dark analytics technologies are now filtering into the Australian market, and businesses can expect to give much more weight to unstructured data (and the technicians who can help them analyse it) over the next couple of years. Our ability to analyse unstructured “dark” data will grow in 2018.
3) Cybersecurity Several high-profile data security and cyber breaches (most recently involving government agencies) have highlighted the significant weaknesses in Australian cybersecurity. Efforts to improve cybersecurity will only increase in 2018, with more emphasis placed on raising awareness among those who don’t work in tech. Gamification in particular will be high up on the agenda, as Talent’s very own Samuel Tucker told us back in September. These aren’t the only trends taking Australian tech by storm, and it’s going to be an exciting time for anyone looking for a career in tech in 2018.