9 Biggest Trends in The Tech Industry Today 0 284

9 Biggest Trends in The Tech Industry Today

So what’s happening in the tech industry lately? IT, like fashion and the auto industry, moves in certain trends. If you want to keep up with your competitors and continue to engage meaningfully with consumers, you need to be aware of these trends. Here’s a list of the more significant ones:

  1. Data Streaming & Analytics

    For many consumers, data streaming is all about watching a TV show while you’re downloading it. You don’t have to download the whole thing first before you can watch it.

Now for Netflix fans, this is certainly convenient, but in the world of IT, people now expect real-time analytics. No longer can people tolerate waiting for data to be gathered and then read at the end of the day. Now they want the data in real time.

With real-time analytics, you can then make improvements and changes more quickly, while you also identify problems so they don’t get worse. You can monitor demand so you can match product availability precisely. With these improvements in performance and scalability, it’s likely that this trend will continue in the future.

  1. China is More Open to Open Source

    In the old days, Chinese companies regarded source code as their intellectual property. But in the last few years, there has been a shift from this point of view. Now prominent Chinese brands Alibaba and Baidu are releasing their code as open source. It’s likely that they’ve realized the impact of open source from examples like OpenStack, Kubernetes, and Docker.

Insisting on intellectual property is all about trying to lock in their own special knowledge. But open source does offer its own sets of rewards. By releasing the source code as open source for other developers to use, they can instead build their own ecosystem.

Chinese companies are also sharing the open source with each other. This can result in a uniquely Chinese ecosystem that can best respond to singularly Chinese problems. In fact, Chinese open source is often written for China first. It can achieve success even without moving outside their country’s borders. So the documentation is generally in Chinese as well. So for those in the rest of the world, we have to understand that if we’re not Chinese, we aren’t the primary audience.

  1. Feature Parity

    Let’s say that there’s a developer who creates an app, and it does extremely well on a particular platform. Now they want to expand it to another platform, but they want to make sure that the app in the new platform has the same features as the app on the old platform. This is called feature parity.

This can be a good thing since you don’t want the users of one platform complaining that they don’t have the features available on the other platform. So if you have a video game, you want to have basically the same features whether it’s on the PlayStation or Xbox.

But it can be difficult to achieve feature parity, and that can lead to delays. Also, sometimes a feature can be excluded when it’s not really that good anyway for the app.

  1. Virtual Machines

    A virtual machine is an emulation of your computer system. It has the same functions and architecture as a physical computer. It’s an isolated environment with its own OS and applications. They’re now everywhere, as numerous companies have realized the advantages they offer. It’s because of VMs that we now have popular cloud services as well.

With these VMs, you can try out new programs and a new Windows OS without crewing up your company’s day to day operations. You can see how well a new program works, when you’re testing it with a particular OS or when it’s supposed to work with other programs. VMs can also support even outdated software such as Windows XP, unlike physical computers that no longer fully support that OS.

  1. Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial intelligence is now everywhere, though luckily we’re not yet at Skynet-level. The names in AI include Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Facebook. They’re in numerous major industries, including the automotive industry and healthcare.

A robot named Sophia became a Saudi citizen. Other AI machines have beaten a world-class poker player and learned to fly drones. These machines and programs have been able to compose original music, write novels, and even bake cookies. They’ve developed so fast and spread so widely that Stephen Hawking thinks AI may eventually replace humans.

  1. Smart Home

With so many devices and appliances these days, consumers are looking for greater levels of centralization. They want to control as many appliances as possible with the fewest controls. This explains the rising popularity of smart home automation when lots of smart gadgets can be controlled by a single smartphone. This single smartphone can have lots of apps to control every smart gadget at home.

  1. Preparing for 5G

    By the end of 2019, there can be a 5G network in place, and 5G phones may be available. This can make your Internet speed 10 times faster than 4G, and lots of homes and businesses can make use of those speeds. This will make streaming even more mainstream. Right now, a large number of developers and engineers are preparing for this huge leap in the IT industry.

9 Biggest Trends in The Tech Industry Today
Voice Search
  1. Voice Search

    It was only a few years ago when voice search was somewhat unreliable. You say one thing, and your smartphone Google searches for another thing. Nowadays the error rate has plummeted. In fact, many voice recognition programs can recognize speech better than actual human transcribers. This can make it possible to communicate with devices more seamlessly.

  2. Automation

Now that ATMs are common, automation is once again poised to change the modern tech landscape. In some parts of the UK, automation will end up taking over 1 in 3 jobs.

In the US, rising minimum wage levels are causing fast-food joints to contemplate full automation for their restaurants. In fact, it’s been found that automated kiosks generated more money than their human counterparts.

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How To Work Hard Without Sacrificing Your Sanity 0 284

How To Work Hard Without Sacrificing Your Sanity

Companies idealize hard work and some even promise that you get compensated well without sacrificing your sanity.  But let’s be honest here, ok.  In the modern world, we know better. Most of us know that a lot of things are fake and that it’s hard to keep it real. In short, it’s hard to be authentic.

We eat more than we need. We buy overpriced coffee because of the brand. We buy cool looking t-shirts that we hardly ever use, and we waste our time watching mindless movies. Society dictates that we must keep a certain image.

Yes, you might be following the trends, but deep inside you feel empty. Deep inside, you feel you are a fraud.

The “more is more” lifestyle

You may be familiar with the “more is more” lifestyle. The more we have the better we are.  We often apply this lifestyle to our work as well. We clock in at the earliest possible time, then we work ourselves to death until we go crazy! In fact, people who sacrifice their lives are often branded as star employees!

I’m not telling you that this lifestyle is bad. In fact, if you keep working like this, you’ll eventually earn more money than your coworkers. However, your coworkers would probably be happier and healthier than you. Is that a good tradeoff?

Well if you don’t like to live like this, then I have good news for you. You can still be a hard worker and keep your sanity. You can work hard all day and do overtime without losing sight of who you are. You can even be successful and still be a nice guy (but that’s for another article).

So what’s your point?

What I’m trying to say here is that you can enjoy work even if you’re constantly on overtime. You don’t have to be fake, you can be who you are.

Of course, you still have to do your job well and impress your boss. Here are some tips and tricks to help maintain your sanity.

  1. Learn when to say “No”

Don’t be a Yes man/ Yes woman. Your friend might ask for help on their project. You really want to help them but you’re also burdened by projects as well. Some people would sacrifice their own time and work to help a friend out. Sure, you’ll be a good friend when you help them out but you’ll probably be reprimanded for not doing your job.

If you sacrifice yourself, then you’re going to miss deadlines and produce shoddy work. You may even lose your job for it!

Don’t be a martyr. Prioritize yourself before helping others. Remember that you can’t really help people out if you can’t even help yourself.

  1. Learn when to say “Yes”

After learning when to say “No”, you have to learn when to say “Yes”. To be more precise, you should know when you should help people out.

When you lend a helping hand, you are providing value to your colleagues. People will rely on you more, and your boss might see potential in you.  If you help people regularly, then you will most likely be put in a leadership role.

That means you’ll be spending more time managing people and less time doing menial labor.

  1. Take small breaks from time to time

Yes, this might seem pretty obvious but you’ll be surprised to see that most people don’t even take breaks when they’re stressed out. This is a recipe for disaster.

If you think that you’ve had enough, then STOP. Don’t think about the consequences, don’t think about your schedule, and don’t think about getting fired. Just STOP. Let go and take a break.

Once you’ve calmed down, then get back to work. You’ll find out that you’re more productive and more likely to get the job done.

  1. Focus

One of the reasons why you’re taking too long would be because you aren’t focused enough. I often waste my time replying to useless email and surfing on the internet. I know that it’s a bad habit but sometimes it helps me think that I’m being productive.

Well, to tell you the truth, I was only using it as an excuse to slack off and not do my job.

If you want to stay as sane as possible, then you have to do your job as quickly as possible.

  1. Be active during meetings

You miss a lot when you’re not paying attention. If you fail to ask questions or be passive during meetings, then things really won’t go your way.

You can express your concerns, your opinions, and even your feelings during meetings. You might not get what you want all the time but there’s a slight chance that you might have your way.

Get out there and be active.

  1. Keep contact with your boss from time to time

Most workers fear their employer. In fact, some employees do whatever they can to avoid talking to their boss.  And when they do meet their boss, they usually nod in affirmation and agree with everything that their boss says. If you’re doing this, then let me tell you one thing. You’re making a huge mistake.

Sure, you’ll feel less awkward and less pressured but you’re also sacrificing your productivity as well. You need to meet regularly with your boss and contact them from time to time. This is very important because you’ll be more informed to get the job done.

You will finish your work faster if you ask for your boss’s opinion and advice. And you will have good relations with your boss as well. Don’t let the fear of interacting with your boss get in the way of your productivity.

Conclusion

Well, those are some tips and tricks to help keep your sanity during work. Going crazy is a big no-no. Sure, it may be hard to keep your sanity if you’re missing tons of deadlines but if you know how to deal with it, then you can minimize the damage.

Remember that these are just tips and tricks. The best way to keep your sanity while working is to prioritize your well-being first. Eat healthily, sleep as much as you can, and exercise regularly.

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Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace 0 325

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

Honesty is the best policy is an old but well-known proverb. It certainly is and a lot of people believe it. People will always appreciate the honesty of another.

However, the truth is uncomfortable to talk about, especially when you’re in an office set up. Business relationships are always built in a way where you need to put on a false persona. You need to save face and most of the time you have to hide who you really are.

Many professionals have to put up with this because authenticity in the workplace is something that can’t be easily achieved. No matter what your background is, the cold and honest (ironic huh?) truth remains that you have to hide your real persona.

Being authentic at work might trigger other people. You will be the target of envy, of scorn, and you will be an outcast.

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace
Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

What now?

So what does freedom in work actually mean? Does it mean having a pantry filled with things that you can eat at your own leisure? Does it mean having a dress code that allows you to come into the office while your favorite hoodie and sweatpants?

This is true for some people but to many others, it means being able to bring out who they truly are without having to fear to be an outcast. It means that’s they can simply be themselves. The question now presents itself, how do we achieve this for everyone?

We are all made up of layers

In this age, if you don’t act like other people or do what other people do, then you are already a target for scorn. Your unique perspective and actions aren’t really accepted by corporations and businesses.

People who come from the LGBTQ+ community or married individuals who choose not to have children may find that even the simplest of questions could open up a hazardous path leading to awkward office conversations. These people may be forced to answer a question that they don’t want to answer.

Questions like “when do you plan on having kids?” or “are you really gay?” are inquiries that people who fall under the spectrum of being ‘different’ have to deal with every day.  And honestly, it can get very tiring after a while.

Even if you aren’t technically hiding your sexual orientation, people will always still want you to magically conform to the norms of society. They may be thinking that asking questions like this might magically make you change your mind on whatever you’ve already set your heart on. To be honest, this never works.

The Global Head of Culture & Inclusion at Twilio, LaFawn Davis says that “We are all intersectional, meaning all have layers with which we identify. There can also be negative and long-term impact on intersectional technologists from expending the energy to determine whether or not all their layers will be welcomed or excluded”

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace
Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

The Pressure to Cover

In day to day office conversations, a non-conforming person may find themselves straining their minds. They are always burdened because they are always trying to think of ways to communicate with other co-workers without offending any of them.

An example of this would be, someone who does not have any interest in the importance of marriage or relationships in general. This person would have to find a way to explain that they are not interested in other people without offending the inquirer. In some cases, the non-conformist will have to evade the question altogether.

In tow with evading a conversation, individuals who find themselves in this type of situation commonly resort to talking about another co-worker. Not from ill intent, but from the perspective that this would be the only way to change the topic.

Of course, this is easier said than done. For the non-conformist, it would be hardly able to shake off the innate feeling of wanting to be different. One could not simply toss aside the feeling of being authentic. But, to talk about taboo things in the office would only lead to more complications.

Research shows that the act of ‘covering’, or the act of someone downplaying their differences from the norm actually affects the workforce badly. 3000 employees in over 20 large US firms had a turnout of 61% of employees that had faced implicit pressure to cover up their true selves in some way. While 50% of employees said that the pressure had disappeared because of their commitment to the company.

However, this practice still has a negative effect on people. This practice hinders the performance of the workers, and it could drain the individual in the process. Covering is also seen as a leading cause of attrition, with over 1000 casualties in companies.

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace
Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

Lead with Empathy

The best solution to this persistent problem is to develop safer and friendlier environments for people who fall under the spectrum of ‘non-conforming’. Leading with empathy includes implementing inclusive values, such as respecting an individual’s preferred pronouns.

To an employee, the people with the most influence are their supervisors. Once their team managers make them feel like their needs are acknowledged and that they’ve established that they are in a safe zone, then these individuals will feel less of an outcast and less likely to leave the company. Authentic concern for employees always produces good results, whether or not they are classified into the minority.

Supervisors must also strive to lead by example. Once someone from a higher position starts setting a new norm, their subordinates will start picking up on the habit. If everyone in the company starts being their true to themselves without having to hide behind a mask, then the company can slowly become a safe and conducive environment.

Being ‘authentic’ in this world is a hard feat to accomplish, but staying open and humble in a conversation helps in trying to make authenticity become the new norm. There is no single answer to the existing problem but if leaders lead with bravery and trust, they are sure to herd the industry into the right path.

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