3 Tech Trends for 2023


3 Tech Trends for 2023

1. Where’s the data and what’s being done with it?


In 2023, expect businesses and individuals to start ramping up their questioning of a) where is the data? and b) what’s being done with it?  


Gartner revealed that in 2023, 65% of the world’s population will have its personal data covered under modern privacy regulations, up from 10% in 2020.

“With more countries introducing modern privacy laws in the same vein as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the world has reached a threshold where the European baseline for handling personal information now the de facto global standard,” said Nader Henein, research vice president at Gartner.

This applies pressure on businesses to gain a more thorough understanding of the dark data they hold. Dark data is defined as stored data that a business has zero visibility into. Gartner predicts that dark data could range from 55% to over 80% of the data that a business stores. There’s unknown risks and untapped value in all this data so expect businesses to start chipping away at it. 


Mass data breaches and attacks on individual devices are rampant. With increased scrutiny on what’s actually being done with all the data that exists on individuals within businesses; increased pressure is being applied to cyber security teams.


Implementing a cybersafe culture, both internally and externally is paramount for all businesses. Earlier this year Gartner predicted that 30% of large organisations will publicly share cyber security focussed ESG goals by 2026, up from less than 2% in 2021.


2. AI - Here to Stay and Here to Disrupt?


AI has the potential to be used in ways that benefit society and improve people's lives, such as in healthcare, education, and transportation. At the same time, there are also concerns about the potential negative impacts of AI, such as job displacement and the misuse of AI for harmful purposes.


It is important for developers and users of AI to be aware of the potential risks and benefits of the technology, and to ensure that it is used in a responsible and ethical manner.


Richie Bavasso, CEO of nQ Medical said “Most of what people refer to as AI is, in fact, not AI – it is machine learning (ML). I realise AI is sexier than ML, however, there is a significant difference. ML is based on the idea that machines are enabled to learn and adapt through experience (sic data). AI refers to a broader idea, and it applies ML, deep learning, and other techniques to solve actual problems. An “intelligent” computer uses AI to think like a human and perform tasks on its own. ML is how a computer system develops its intelligence. AI, by its true definition, does not yet exist.”


A recent Forbes article discussing AI trends for 2023 put forward the argument that it’s time companies stopped AI washing; the marketing gimmick of labelling products with AI just to make them sell.


It was also mentioned that humans ought to hold back on the doomsday predictions regarding ML and AI. Every new technological innovation has stirred up this fear. It hasn’t been completely true just yet…


According to ChatGPT, it is likely that AI will continue to make significant progress and have a significant impact in a variety of fields in the coming years. AI has the potential to revolutionise many industries and it is an exciting time to be involved in the field.


3. Wanted: Full Stack Developers 


As all businesses become digital, the high demand for developers isn’t going anywhere. But full stack developers might just be in even higher demand. 


Forbes Advisor previously projected a 13% growth in the full stack developer job market between 2020-2030. And also put forward that proficiency in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Python and Ruby will be paramount. 


Full stack developers are extremely valuable to businesses as these professionals work on both design and functionality, and they often oversee entire projects from start to finish.


The Knowledge Hut recently published a blog in which they laid out exactly why full stack developers are in such high demand.

First, the ever-changing landscape of technology means that there’s always something new to learn. Full stack developers are well poised to adopt these new ways of working. 

Second, the rise of mobile devices has put even more pressure on companies to create amazing user experiences. Full stack developers are uniquely positioned to meet this demand since they have expertise in both front-end & back-end development.  

Lastly, with the rise of the Internet of Things, there is an increasing demand for applications connecting devices and collecting data. Again, full stack developers have the skills necessary to meet this demand. 

Forbes put forward the idea that enterprises today need a revolution - one that empowers employees with full-stack capabilities to future-proof careers. Business leaders and management teams must drive rapid re-skilling initiatives to address the widening skills gap that has been catalysed by shifts in technologies.