The world of technology changes quickly. It is necessary to keep looking forward, anticipating the changes. Experts from throughout Sungard AS recently joined in conversation to share their perspective on technology trends that will impact the way we use technology in 2017. From the growing use of voice technology, to cyber security, to the Internet of Things (IoT), to the ongoing impact of cloud-based services, here are our top ten predictions.

1. Voice will emerge as the primary interface for enterprise applications

Amazon Alexa and Google Home are the tip of the iceberg. Currently, our primary way of interfacing with computers is through touch – keyboard, mouse, and touchscreen. Yet, much of our day is spent interacting with people through voice. Voice technology is evolving to the point where enterprises will begin implementing “voice-first” strategies for many new applications.

— Abay Radhakrishnan, CTO Architect

2. People will recognize the risk presented by the Internet of Things (IoT)

Every Internet of Things (IoT) device and sensor becomes another potential backdoor into the network or a vector for a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. Companies will need to take a more holistic approach around security of their technology infrastructure and IoT management must be brought into the fold. Most IoT vendors have no experience in securing their devices; they are going to have to grow up, fast.

— Oren Hamami, VP Global Security Strategy

2017 tech predictions3. Because of the IoT, cyber security will depend on modeling network traffic flows

Historically, network security was all about packet inspection and data encryption. While those have served us well, the explosion of devices and sensors coming with the IoT means that such approaches are no longer enough. Houses are likely to incorporate hundreds if not thousands of IP-enabled devices, to say nothing of our work environments. Instead, network end point modeling will help us understand when a device is not behaving normally. Such modeling will understand that the robot vacuum cleaner does not normally interact with the electronic lock on the front door and shut down the behavior proactively.

— Todd Loeppke, Lead CTO Architect

4. Edge compute will be the next big thing in IoT

Data overload is a big issue with IoT, with thousands of devices collecting thousands of data points every second. One way to reduce the amount of data being sent over the network is to have a measure of native intelligence built into the IoT device to do some pre-processing of the data before it is forwarded on to the servers.

— Abay Radhakrishnan, CTO Architect

5. Ransomware will become an integral part of disaster recovery planning

When a ransomware attack occurs, it’s easy to end up making a backup of the already corrupted data before you discover the attack, so even your backups end up ruined. Companies are implementing secondary backups, time-delayed and physically disconnected from their primary network, so that if something does happen to both their production data and their primary backup, some data are still available and unaffected.

— Oren Hamami, VP Global Security Strategy

6. Disaster recovery becomes global availability

Companies are moving to application architectures that allow them to use all available infrastructure at all times, building applications to be more resilient across regions. Applications can suffer an outage in a particular region or location yet be able to continue servicing end users. While this offers tremendous benefits in cost savings and increased flexibility, it also introduces new risks that companies need to plan for.

— Josh Crowe, CTO

7. Data sovereignty returns as a big issue.

The most obvious concern is centered around Brexit, but the larger issue is being fueled by the rise of the nativist movements in countries across the world. At the same time, both the U.S. and the U.K. have just passed sweeping expansions of government surveillance power. Knowing the exact location of your data is becoming paramount.

— Oren Hamami, VP Global Security Strategy

8. Enterprises will embrace “Service-Full” architectures

This takes “server-less” architectures a step further. Cloud means companies no longer need to buy servers and build data centers. Server-less architectures mean that they also no longer need to buy virtual servers. Instead, they can buy the application services without worrying about the underlying technology. They can get the authentication, logging or analytic services they need from what is coming to be called a Service-Full architecture. Companies will shift from installing such applications on-premises on their own hardware, or even within their own VPC on AWS environments, and they will purchase these higher-level services so they can focus on their business instead of on the maintenance of the apps.

— Kevin McGrath, Senior CTO Architect

9. Containers go mainstream

Once an experimental technology, the benefits of using containers are driving the technology into broader adoption. Applications are being shipped as containers. SaaS providers are leveraging containers on the back end to deploy their applications or to deploy incremental customers. Containers have therefore started to find their way into production environments, which will lead enterprise IT organizations to embrace the technology.

— Josh Crowe, CTO

10. “Cloud First” is turning the channel on its head

The U.K. government has adopted a cloud first policy, where any new application will be targeted for the cloud unless a compelling case can be made for implementing it on-premises, the first step in what will probably become a worldwide movement. The traditional channel, focused on selling dedicated on-prem solutions, needs to evolve its business model to deliver hybrid solutions that meet the needs of their customers’ bimodal environments.

— Carmen Sorice, SVP, Global Channel Sales & Programs