It’s pretty well-known that the “butterfly effect” is the term used to describe the theory that a single, tiny occurrence, no matter how minuscule, can change the course of whatever was to come thereafter. Because these almost invisible shifts make it virtually impossible to predict the future or control the outcome of events, one asks whether it’s possible to make any predictions at all.
2018 started with a bang!
All European businesses (and in fact all companies that do business with Europe) have at least one thing in common until May 25, 2018. They are all busting their balls to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when it comes into force at that time. The reason? The consequence of non-compliance can result in a hefty fine worth 4% of the company’s annual revenue. For most businesses, getting such a fine is not a risk worth taking.
Closing out the days of 2017, I asked some of my colleagues for their predictions heading into 2018 - where is technology going? Which current trends will continue toward the mainstream, and which will fizzle out as unsustainable? Are some buzz terms, such as edge computing, figuring into the future, or are they mere building blocks to bigger and better things?