What’s up in IT – technology tidbits from December 2020

Agnieszka Bujak | What's up in IT | 20.01.2021

What’s up in IT - 2020

We are leaving 2020 behind us, a year which, apart from the pandemic, also brought with it technological innovations that allow us to look to the future optimistically. DevOps and RPA solutions have been hot topics on technology portals for many months now. But first of all, 2020 meant the faster adoption of digital solutions in medicine and industries that have been waiting for their moment in the sun. I encourage you to read the article in which we sum up the most important trends in IT and present forecasts for 2021.

Polish companies bet on RPA technology

Gartner predicts that by September 2022, 90 percent of large companies around the world will have implemented RPA solutions. According to forecasts, in 2025 savings from the use of RPA will reach 5-7 billion dollars. In Poland, such companies as ING, Impel, EY, Tauron, Bank Millennium, PZU and Warta have already chosen automated solutions. Why do companies choose robotics solutions? The ITPro Today portal published a report on RPA technology in 2020, according to which the 3 main reasons why organizations implement RPA solutions are as follows:

  • shortening the time needed for the implementation of processes
  • eliminating the risk of human errors
  • reducing the amount of laborious work

It is certain that in 2020 the pandemic accelerated the adoption of RPA and those companies that decide on automation will gain a competitive advantage while recovering from the crisis. Przemysław Włodarczyk, RPA developer at JCommerce, spoke about the possibilities of RPA technology.

DevOps in 2021

DevOps is undoubtedly one of the key elements shaping the current IT market and Digital Transformation processes in companies around the world. In 2021 DevOps will have an increasing impact on organizational culture and management.

In DevOps processes, the key factor for an organization is data security and minimizing the risk of security incidents, which is a growing challenge. Flexible project implementation models, such as DevOps, help to minimize risk, and DevSecOps competences are among the top 10 best-paid. It is worth having them in your company’s portfolio. The role of such solutions as Kubernetes, Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and GitOps, used by DevOps, is also growing.

Who is a DevOps specialist and why are his competences so desirable in IT projects? We explain it in our article from the JPro series.

HealthTech: a breakthrough in medicine?

In 2020 all eyes were on the medical sector. Last year brought about the search for innovative solutions in this area, one of which is Virti, a virtual patient created thanks to AI, AR and VR technologies, allowing young doctors to develop their soft skills. Before the pandemic, actors playing the role of patients used to be involved in this type of training, but in the new reality, interactions were necessarily limited. The project has been recognized as the biggest innovation of 2020, according to TIME magazine.

Scientists from Melbourne also came up with an interesting solution – they created artificial skin that reacts to pain stimuli. Research is still in progress, but it is already being discussed as a breakthrough in medicine – because, thanks to electronics that imitates the human brain, it will be possible to create prostheses that react in a more natural way – and robotics – because a robot covered with this type of material will feel pain stimuli.

In 2020, due to the difficulties in accessing many services, the development of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) gathered pace. Telemedicine, remote monitoring of patients’ health and diabetes management are the three main areas of development in this sector.

Data democratization

In 2020, we observed an increased interest in Business Intelligence solutions at JCommerce, and the end of the year was dominated by a heated discussion on access to data and its role in our everyday life. The example of 19-year-old Michał Rogalski, who built a publicly accessible database as part of a civic project, showed that everyone can collect and analyze data. Nowadays, it is also easier for business users willing to explore the secrets of data analysis to get started, and self-service BI tools such as Microsoft Power BI or Qlik Sense come in handy here.

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The beautiful face of Digital Transformation

Digitization is picking up speed in every industry, including in the hair & beauty industry. The largest platform in Poland for the beauty industry has over 13 million users after the merger of Versum and Booksy. Booksy’s owner, Stefan Batory, is an ultramarathon runner who is professionally involved in the IT industry. He could not manage to make an appointment with a physiotherapist and so came up with the idea of developing a platform as a result.

At the end of 2020, Digital Transformation was as eagerly commented upon as the pandemic itself. According to research, 71% of companies that have succeeded in Digital Transformation have used the services of external providers. For vendor managers, the time of the pandemic is a period of increased interest of companies in digital services, but also of difficult decisions when it comes to choosing the best IT providers. Effective risk management and paying watchful attention to potential partners’ involvement, communication and remote work procedures developed in 2020 are the key element of the strategy.

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More software testers, or fewer?

At the end of 2020, the impact of the pandemic on the IT industry was also widely discussed. Will Machine Learning replace software testers? Should IT professionals be concerned about their jobs? The information is ambiguous. On the one hand, Intel has released a tool that uses Machine Learning to test code; on the other hand, the opinion that software testers are increasingly in demand continues to be strongly supported. The reason? The pandemic contributed to faster development in such industries as e-commerce, finance and medicine, and generated a demand for previously unknown e-services, thereby translating to greater demand for software testers.

The summary

The year 2020 will not be quickly forgotten. Certainly, it left a mark on technology and digital solutions that are used every day. We are all wondering: will 2021 be marked by RPA and DevOps solutions? What technological innovations in the Health Tech industry can we expect in the coming months? We shall see shortly.

The author of the post is:

Business Development Manager with ten years of sales experience on international markets. At JCommerce, she is responsible for the development of the company's services in the Benelux countries and in France. In her private life, she loves reading (Scandinavian crime novels and professional literature about sales and negotiations), travelling and cooking.

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