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Lovleen Bhatia

Lovleen Bhatia is CEO and Co-founder of Edureka – Indian edu-tech brand based in Bangalore.

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Top 10 Technologies to Master in 2018

Big Data has been around for a while but promises to linger around in 2018 as well.

As the year draws to a close and 2018 knocks on your doors with the promise of better careers and happier jobs, we have put together a ready reckoner of skills for you to master, just in case you wish to make it big in 2018. 

10) RPA (Robotic Process Automation):

RPA is best understood by breaking down its abbreviation. Process automation, as we all know means automating a mechanical, repetitive process. Get a robot to do this automation and you get a whole new tech called RPA. In 2018, the trend of bots and machine learning is only going to skyrocket, which means RPA will become an invaluable skill to have.

9) Big Data:

This is the big daddy of data! Big Data has been around for a while but promises to linger around in 2018 as well. Most companies today, rely on big data analytics to gain huge insight about their customer, product research, marketing initiatives and many more. As a wisecrack once said, "once you get your basics right, everything else is a cakewalk". Big Data is the basics that will pave the way for you to learn many technologies on top of it. If you already have some knowledge of Big Data, splendid! If not, now is the time to start. 

8) Intelligent Apps (I - Apps):

I-Apps are pieces of software written for mobile devices based on artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, aimed at  making everyday tasks easier. This involves

tasks like organizing and prioritizing emails, scheduling meetings, logging interactions, content, etc. Some familiar examples of I-Apps are Chatbots and virtual assistants. As these applications become more popular, they will come with promise of jobs and fat paychecks. 

7) Internet of Things (IoT)

Another buzzword that no longer remains a buzzword but has become a full-fledged technology ecosystem in itself. IoT essentially is connecting many devices and creating a virtual network every everything works seamlessly via a single monitoring center of sorts. IoT is a giant network of connected devices – all of which gather and share data about how they are used and the environments in which they are operated. The larger the network, more data it generates, and more data means more people to manage it. Get the hint!

6)  DevOps:

This is the odd one out in the list. It is not a technology, but a methodology, a way of getting things done. Every IT project goes through various stages before it reaches its logical conclusion. DevOps is a method by which it can be done faster and more accurately. It is a set of tools, software and applications, all of which work in unison to provide better business results. 

5) Angular and React

OK, now we are getting into core tech. These two are JavaScript based Frameworks for creating modern web applications. In simpler words, there are stuff you can use to create mobile applications faster and cheaper. It doesn't take rocket science to guess that as mobile applications grow in number, you need these skills to stay a notch ahead!

4) Cloud Computing

This one is a veteran. Most other technologies on this list are alive only because of the proliferation of cloud computing. By allowing companies to save money, and users to simplify their computing needs, Cloud Computing is one of the most trending technologies that will stay popular 2018, without a doubt. 

3) Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

Virtual is real! VR and AR, the twin technologies that let you experience things in virtual, that are extremely close to real, are today being used by businesses of all sizes and shapes. But the underlying technology can be quite complex. Medical students use AR technology to practice surgery in a controlled environment. VR on the other hand, opens up newer avenues for gaming and interactive marketing. Whatever your interest might be, AR and VR are must-have skills if you want to ride the virtual wave!

2) Blockchain

This is the tech that powers bitcoins, the whole new parallel currency that has taken over the world. Interestingly, blockchain as a technology has far reaching potential in everything from healthcare to elections to real estate to law enforcement. Understand how blockchain works and your career is as sorted as the secure ledger this tech is based on!

1) Artificial Intelligence

The numero uno technology is this list is a paradox of sorts. AI existed even before the internet was born, but it is now that the data processing and compute power backbone became strong enough to sustain an entire technology by itself. AI is everywhere today, from your smartphones to your cars to your home to your banking establishment. It is the new normal, something the world cannot do without. Get your hands dirty with AI and have a crystal clear career ahead of you!

Choose one or choose all, either ways have a happy career this 2018!

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