What’s in store for 2015? You make your predictions

Happy New Year Everyone!

As a bit of fun we’ve collected a few predictions for 2015 and it will be interesting to see whose predictions come true! Feel free to let us know your predictions for 2015 in the comments section below!

"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future."

- Niels Bohr

1. Peter Egerton is a Microsoft System Center Consultant for Inframon Ltd.

"I think 2015 will be an exciting year in the Enterprise Client Management workspace with the recently announced general availability of Azure RemoteApp and the ever increasing feature updates of Microsoft Intune and the Enterprise Mobility Suite as a whole, I predict these tools in particular to be big in 2015. But let's not forget the impending release of Windows 10 which undoubtedly will spin off various revamps of other tools such as Configuration Manager, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit. I think 2015 is going to be the year to skill up on new technologies and get the certifications up to date with the new MCSE: Enterprise Devices and Apps perhaps. I predict lots of changes in this area over the next 12 months so stay tuned and try to keep up!"

 2. Ed Baker a Technical Evangelist for Infrastructure IT Pros and avid blogger. 

“For those of you who have taken any Microsoft examinations but not for a little while, the future is very bright indeed if you start taking them again in the New Year.

Why? Well for a start the Microsoft Certification programme has been undergoing many changes both in the exams and the provision of them to the public. The bookings can now be made direct from the Microsoft Learning home page, the results and schedules show on your personal page too. Most of all the advent of online proctoringis going to revolutionise the certification world. As of yesterday there are now more than 20 countries that can run these home or office based tests. There are some fairly strict criteria, including a decent webcam AND an environment free of other people, books, notes and posters on the walls.

I am sure there are many more huge advances to be made in the Azure platform and the impending releases of Windows 10 and server vNext. But for me this will save me many hours of travel, parking and other exam related stress.”

3Andrew Fryer a Technical Evangelist, specialising in the data center and all things data. 

My prediction for 2015 is that making predictions in Azure Machine Learning will really take off next year.  Pretty well any tech savvy data aware business can submit data develop a model product recommendation, brand sentiment, and maybe even the outcome of the 3:30 at Ascot!

There are three reasons for this :

1. Microsoft has put some really cool algorithms in there so you don’t need at PhD in statistics to use it. You do of course need to have some experience in working with data and just as importantly you need to understand the business that data relates to.

2. The service is cloud based and while this might seem ad the blocker to some, it means you can get started from a browser on any device by uploading your data and your hypothesis to ML studio.

3. When you have a working model you can share it as a web service either backing your own application or by opening it up for others to use. You even get sample code (C# , Python) to help you do this.

My prediction is not just based on my love of this tool, or it’s cool features, it’s how popular it is already becoming despite still only in preview. 

 4. Alex Guy, Social Media Community Manager.

Like it or not, 'The Cloud' has arrived.

No, this is not an excerpt from a weather report, although much like most meteorological predictions it is more a reflection of what's already happening than what's yet to arrive. In 2015 I predict Cloud Computing will rocket out of Gartner's trough of disillusionment and start to become very real for many IT departments, whether it's welcome or not.

For some shops, this will be a conscious decision, and is likely the result of meticulous planning over the past twelve or more months in conjunction with the wider business. But those who have been hoping the storm would just pass over stand to be caught off-guard by the ever more prominent threat of 'Shadow IT’, and the impending end of extended support for Windows Server 2003. Both these threats are also great opportunities to revolutionise the way you work, if approached in the correct way.

Irrespective of your personal situation, there is one key theme here - these are all things that you can begin to explore now. Set yourself up for success in 2015 and put aside some time for training, be it through the free Microsoft Virtual Academy, joining us at an event like TechDays Online or getting yourself certified. With that in mind, here's a final thought from philosopher Eric Hoffer: 

"In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists."

Here are some predictions for 2015. What are yours? Let us know in the comments section below as we’d love to here them.

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