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Well, 2012 starts in just a few days and as I sit here in my study looking at a wooden Mayan calendar I can't help but notice that it ends on December 21, 2012 - exactly one year from today. All the end of the world prophecies from the Mayans lead people to do some really crazy things, but the majority of us just think that the dude that chiseled out the rock for the calendar just ran out of space. In any case, it behooves us to pause at the end of this year and ponder the next as to what we think will happen. Just a few short years ago we were all still watching TV on huge boxes - and now LCDs less than an inch thin are adorning our walls. Face it - technology moves fast and waits for no man; and its a great thing to watch as humanity screams into the next year at full steam.
As a professional in the technology sector, it has been an exciting career for the most part. This past year we have really started to see the dream of affordable computing for the masses continue to gain steam all over the world (think one laptop per child). I primarily work with larger "Enterprise" types of companies and massive changes have occurred there as well. Economic stress, pricing pressures, competitive advantages of the cloud, and problems with enormous amounts of data all create a really interesting mix of differing challenges that will make any company think strategically about the year ahead. Below are the top 5 things I think we'll see in the coming months - all of which would leave the Mayans thinking that we commanded nothing short of magic....
All 'predictions' aside, 2012 will prove to be another great year for all aspects of technology, engineering, and science and I for one am looking forward to that journey.
Merry Christmas to all.....and to all a good night!
As Senior Director of Research & Development, Jesse is responsible for the daily operations, product development initiatives and forward looking research for Progress DataDirect. Jesse has spent nearly 20 years creating enterprise data products and has served as an expert on several industry standards including JDBC, J2EE, DRDA and OData. Jesse holds a bachelor of science degree in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State university.
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