Here are my predictions in no particular order…
Security continues to be a hot topic especially since the hack of the Ashley Madison site. Prior to that it seemed that security was only really taken seriously by the high volume websites and large organizations. In 2016, it is highly likely that organizations across the board will pay more attention to security. All it takes is a single hack to put a company out of business.
With that said, security certifications are likely to be in demand. Here’s a link for more information:
The popularity of Docker is on the rise and it should be. Containerization makes sense for so many reasons. The problem today is that it only really supports Linux.
Although Microsoft is behind in this game, it may not be that far behind. Currently, the Azure Container Service does allow you to create and manage clusters of hosts pre-configured with Docker and others. If Microsoft can build on that and include support for Windows Server containers, this area is sure to explode.
Having volumes of data doesn’t mean a lot if you don’t know what to do with it. Employing the right analytics can give your organization that competitive edge. The current toolset (e.g. Hadoop/Spark/etc.) is somewhat mature and continues to get better.
Big Data has many touch points but the ones that stand out the most are IoT (Internet of Things) and Cloud. For this reason, I believe the presence of Big Data will continue to evolve.