The world is moving towards a simpler, more beautiful and better functioning web. Have you noticed? I sure have. The latest website designs that have been coming out have clear and distinct calls to action, big and beautiful images, better-balanced color schemes, copy that relates to a user just the way we want it to and a chameleon-like ability to adapt to any device. So why is this happening and what took so long? Why is the web improving so quickly and why is the rate of acceleration so rapid?
Over the last 10 years the Internet has been in its infant stages. Websites began as clunky squares that sat in the middle of page, often rendering incorrectly in each browser. But the level of importance of Internet technologies, and our abilities, have grown.
Are you familiar with Moore’s law? Moore’s law is the observation that, over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years. But Moore’s law is more of a concept than an absolute. As we improve in online abilities, we also accelerate the pace of our advances. So what does this mean for people in the field? Well, for one, people need to recognize that the Internet can solve a lot of problems and that in turn means it is pretty valuable and as a result will grow in value.
Oxford researchers say that 45 percent of America’s occupations will be automated within the next 20 years. That is a startling claim. But how does this apply to online and the IT profession? Well, think about it. If America jobs are going to be automated consider how will this occur. Certainly, it will be the result of improvements in technology. And who will maintain that technology? Those who work in the IT field.
In a recently blog post UCLA stated, “With an explosion of social media, new devices (i.e. tablets, smart phones) and increased Internet use (i.e. “cloud computing”), companies are increasing their IT staff, newer companies seek more programmers and designers, as concerns for security grow. This field covers a wide range: Database management, web development, computer system analysts, information security, and more. Job growth is estimated at 53 percent by 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.”
That is pretty amazing. Along with the growth in jobs in this sector there also has to be pay raises too right? You better believe it. Salaries in many IT jobs are expected to climb by 4 to 6 percent.
When you read statistics like this what does it make you think? Does it make you consider where to invest your money, as far as your businesses future is concerned? If it doesn’t, it should.
We’re heading into a whole new world. A world where technology rules and old manual processes are out the door. A world where a beautiful, functioning website and seamless online based internal management systems mean everything to a business. A world where integration is key and the old manual grunt work that used to be handled by the backbone of the American work force is now longer needed, because we can find a better way to accomplish those tasks through technological developments.
I hope you are excited about the future of the web as I am. As we get smarter, so will the online experience. Investing in the web is not a bad move, by an means.