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7 Emerging Technologies IT Should Study Now

Staying on top of current technologies means anticipating future ones. Here, we look at seven technologies IT should be studying right now. One (or more) of these may well be the next big trend in the industry.
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Homomorphic Encryption
The concern that data is insecure is one of the factors keeping the cloud computing movement from exploding even further than it already has done. Our current encryption technologies leave us either to trust our cloud service provider fully, or to encrypt our data before moving it to the cloud. While more secure, the problem with the latter option is that encrypted documents can't be searched until they're decrypted. This is where homomorphic encryption comes into play. Homomorphic encryption is a method whereby encrypted files could be categorized, and mined, while still remaining in an encrypted state. The concept has been around for years, but real strides have been made over the last few years which may soon make homomorphic encryption a reality.

(Image: OpenClips via Pixabay)

Homomorphic Encryption

The concern that data is insecure is one of the factors keeping the cloud computing movement from exploding even further than it already has done. Our current encryption technologies leave us either to trust our cloud service provider fully, or to encrypt our data before moving it to the cloud. While more secure, the problem with the latter option is that encrypted documents can't be searched until they're decrypted. This is where homomorphic encryption comes into play. Homomorphic encryption is a method whereby encrypted files could be categorized, and mined, while still remaining in an encrypted state. The concept has been around for years, but real strides have been made over the last few years which may soon make homomorphic encryption a reality.

(Image: OpenClips via Pixabay)

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PedroGonzales
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2/28/2015 | 9:01:32 PM
Re: Biometrics seems to make the most sense to me...
@ SachinEE.  I'm aware of this.  But as an emergent technology is has a huge potential.  It has bugs and flaws. But, imagine one day going to work and using your fingerprint to check to the building, login to the computer, logging to the various websites we need for work without having to create a crazy password every 75 days. It is something I hope we aspire to participate someday.
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2/28/2015 | 5:03:45 PM
Re: Fog Computing?
@shamika,

Forgot to mention the frustration factor. I worked in a place where certain people needed fingerprint scanners to get work done. I can't tell you the amount of cursing & screaming I heard b/c the scanners either took 3-4 swipes to work or just flat out didn't work at all. I know biometric scanners have improved since then but it's still a possibility.
David Wagner
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2/28/2015 | 12:15:09 AM
Biometrics
Seems like just a few months ago biometrics were getitng discarded as a not a very useful security measure. If your retina file gets compromised, for instance, you have no replacement. What's changed that we're back on biometrics?
David Wagner
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2/28/2015 | 12:14:05 AM
3-D Displays
So in the all the discussion of Fog computing, some of the other interesting technologies are getting lost here. I have a simple quesiton about 3-D displays. How much does the IT department really need to learn about that? Will implementing them be mostly about installing them and just letting them go? What kind of new skill sets will they need?
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2/28/2015 | 12:11:13 AM
Re: 7 Emerging Technologies IT Should Study Now
@zerox203- I have to say, I hate fog computing, too. But you're right. It is funny how the wording matters to people. If we called it mesh computing or point to point computing would it really change our attitude, or are we just unhappy to have to learn something new?
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2/27/2015 | 7:39:39 AM
Re: 7 Emerging Technologies IT Should Study Now
I'm definitely getting a laugh out of all the hatred for 'fog computing' here in the comments. Now, it's no secret that our industry is bloated with unnecessary buzzwords and impenetrable jargon, but it's often surprising and hilarious which straws break the camels back and which ones we're willing to tolerate. I think I get the idea here; We're talking about environments where access to a traditional cloud would either be unavailable, prohibitively slow, or just not well-suited to the task at hand. This could be someone's home, or also in all kinds of field-operations type environments - think on a boat. Instead, an ad-hoc network is created between local devices to process most of the data and communications between themselves and, if possible, only send what's absolutely necessary back to the/a data center.

This has big implications for IoT and the standards coming up there, Like Charlie is saying, and we had a similar interesting discussion in the comments of Curt Franklin's article about IoT building blocks from the other day, which also ties it back to lots of the other technologies on this list. That data needs to be encrypted in transit without the need for human intervention, especially for, say, a biometrics scanner. The battery life also plays a big role when all the devices are relying on one another to get the job done. All of this can help ease the burden on wireless broadband networks - because, no matter what innovations we come up with, we're talking about a limited amount of spectrum. Robots in the workplace (as described here) are obviously still a little more hypothetical at this point, but there's nothing wrong with having a little fun with a list like this.
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2/27/2015 | 4:25:35 AM
Re: Fog Computing?
@pcharles09 I agree with you. But it will much easy to use. However as you said there will be huge cost.
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2/26/2015 | 8:06:09 AM
Re: Fog Computing?
@shamika,

The risks are less but there's still a huge expenditure. So only the most sensitive of environments will invest in them.
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2/25/2015 | 6:44:57 PM
Robi
Apart from the first two (that I didn't know to be honest) I don't think all the other is emerging technology, more as "old" can one characterize those.
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2/25/2015 | 11:18:48 AM
Re: Fog Computing?
Ah the fog of war - what a wonderful term for adding value to people's lives. Halo computing would be more appropriate. Fog surrounds everything in its environment - it is common around many "things". But many edge things in any specific environment may have different intents / purposes, inputs, connections, controls, optimizations, ... at the edge level without and with need for cloud interaction. IoT Halos are defined as the combination of environment + intent + things + connections + smarts. For instance #SmartHome #SmartHealth #SmartCar #SmartOffice #SmartFactory #SmartPlay. .. Within each you can have sub-halos such as within #SmartHome there is smart-Security, smart-Energy, smart-Entertainment. .. And within some of these there are additional indentured combinations for instance under smart-Energy is smart-heatingandair and smart-lighting
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