6 BIG technology changes in 2017

January 5, 2017

New year, new you technology. To kick off 2017 right, we’re here to enlighten you on all the technology trends, disruptors and themes this next trip around the sun will bring. (Check out what happened in 2016 here.) Each week this January, we’ll share a new blog post from our experts about what to expect in 2017 and how you and your business can prepare. Happy New Year! 

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Keeping ahead of the curve can be a challenge in any industry, but it’s undoubtedly one that never ends for technology professionals. Not a day passes in which something new suddenly beckons, whether it’s the latest release of an already notable software platform or the announcement of a brand new update that promises to make your employees even more employable. Simply staying informed about the constant influx of changes can be a task in itself. So, we thought we’d help create a little extra time in your already jam-packed schedule by rounding up six technologies for developers and IT pros that are changing in 2017 and what to know.

Some, if not all, of these updates will require changes to your own organization including new training for employees and perhaps upgrading technology stacks. Here’s what’s changing:

2017 technology changes: Software development

1. ASP.NET Core 1.0: Released in June 2016, Microsoft calls this one of its most significant architectural updates to ASP.NET. The update includes long anticipated changes like MVC and Web API, a shift from DNX to CLI, big changes in security (token-based authentication and resource-based authorization), webhooks and much more. (Speaking of security, devs should be sure to keep tabs on the 2017 OWASP list of security flaws.) Anyone already familiar with ASP.NET should feel right at home but will want to take a little time getting acquainted with the latest tweaks and additions. Microsoft has also assured existing ASP.NET 4.x developers that there’s no need to feel rushed to make an immediate jump to ASP.NET Core, but we’ll leave that one up to you. 

2. Java 9: Originally slated for release in early 2017 (now delayed until later 2017), Java 9 will bring new language features and improved APIs. You can look forward to new features including jshell (a command line tool that adds native support for REPL; read-evaluate-print-loop), a standardized benchmarking solution, full support of HTTP/2 and web sockets. Learn why Java 9 matters to your team and keep an eye on its release. 

3. Angular 2: Angular 2 is more than just a list of fixes and updates, it’s actually a rewrite of the entire framework. The latest version includes mobile, modules and ES6—but as with most good things, there’s a hitch: no support for versions 1.3 or 1.4. With that in mind, if you’re planning to migrate your organization to the newest version (and why wouldn’t you?), you’ll need a plan for reworking any applications built on custom code from previous versions. 

2017 technology changes: IT Ops

4. VMware product updates: Keeping an eye on the latest VMware product updates is just good practice for organizations in tech. Recent changes to this space include 2016’s VSAN 6.2 update, last year’s update to ESXi 6.0 (version 1a was released at the end of 2015), and Workstation 12, released last year adding support for Windows 10, OpenGL 3.3 and IPv6 NAT.  

5. Windows Server 2016: Microsoft’s recently released Windows Server 2016 touts support for containers, improved security and greater approachability. This latter comes in with support of cloud deployment, whether public or private purposes. While the changes can reap great benefits for large organizations, smaller business may not want to jump for joy just yet, as running your own private cloud can quickly become a complex and costly venture. Of course, the first step is making sure you’ve got the skills needed to master Windows Server technology and understand how to build your local and cloud-optimized infrastructure. 

6. AWS and Azure: Speaking of cloud computing, let’s talk about AWS and Azure. We’re in the middle of the growth phase for these technologies. And currently, AWS is the clear leader, but alternate vendors may start gaining traction and offerings like Azure (Microsoft may start throwing big money behind it) and others may become more popular. Why? Because practically no one wants to take on the cost and complexity of managing their own data center. Moving your technology from traditional data centers to the cloud increases your org’s ability to quickly deploy, scale and change your environment. The most important thing to remember is this: Stop treating the cloud like it’s mid 2016. What the cloud offers, and its applicability to YOUR business, changes on an almost continual basis. Therefore, you constantly need to re-evaluate and decide what’s right for your org at the time—into 2017 and beyond.

Be sure to keep tabs on these six technologies as they will undoubtedly have a significant impact on your team(s) and business in 2017. Yet, rest assured that when updates occur, we’ll be right there with you—delivering the latest courses, paths and skill measurement tests to help you and your team maintain your edge. In the meantime, learn more about how you can start implementing these tech changes with our guide. 

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