2021 technology trend review, part one: Blockchain, cloud, open source
Blockchain’s DeFi-ning moment. Cloud, Kubernetes, and GraphQL. Open source is winning, open source creators are losing. A reality check on key technological drivers for the new decade.
It’s this time of year, when writers and audience alike feel obliged to look back into the year that just ended, and forecast the one that’s just starting. We figured the best way to chip in our fair share would be to revisit what we identified as 5 key technology trends for the roaring 20s last year, see where things stand, and try and offer some educated guesses as to where things may be headed.
To reiterate the context from last year, the original roaring 20s were 100 years ago, but we may be about to see a new version of this. And if it’s going to be “a period of economic prosperity with a distinctive cultural edge,” then both the economic and the cultural aspects will be all about data.
Data is shaping a new culture, bringing about a new way of doing business, a new way of decision making, new applications and infrastructure, and is an enabler for the transition to AI. Data is the focal point of our coverage on Big on Data, so following up on fellow columnists Andrew Brust and Tony Baer’s predictions, here’s our own round of things to keep an eye on in the 2020s.