How to stay informed about the latest IT trends?

Artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, Blockchain, ... these are just a few of the many terms in the world of information technology that have evolved in recent years. The world of IT is changing at lightning speed. In an age where technological evolution has become increasingly important, it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear picture of what technology does what. Everything has to be faster, everything has to be better and, preferably, all done as simply as possible. We want the world at our fingertips in just a few clicks

Whether you are a fan of it or not, technology is increasingly gaining the upper hand. But how do you keep your head above water? How do you maintain an overview of all those technological innovations? Below are some simple tips & tricks to help you stay informed of the latest developments within the IT sector!

Let the news come to you!

The first and easiest way to stay up-to-date with the latest developments is simply by registering for different kinds of IT newsletters. There are numerous online channels for you to consult, such as Datanews or Fastbyte. There are countless online platforms that will keep you abreast of the latest trends on a daily or weekly basis.  Reading pleasure guaranteed!

Listen to podcasts

Podcasts are just radio programs in the form of audio files. Although the concept has been around for quite some time, today podcasts are hipper than ever. Podcasts are the perfect way to gather information in a light-hearted manner and the advantage is that you can listen to it any time and anywhere. Some examples of interesting podcasts are Tech Snacks or Nu-Tech, but there are dozens of others that can deliver you a mountain of useful information.

Read books

Although requiring slightly more effort than the other options - after all, not everyone is a fan of reading - ICT books are an excellent source of information. Ranging from the more light-hearted books that are easy-reading for anyone with a basic interest in IT, to more specialized  literature about a niché technology. By doing some research, you will soon realize just how much IT literature is out there. Below, is a short list of books that are recommended for anyone with a general interest in IT:

  • Big data for dummies - Fern Halper 
  • Waarom IT- projecten mislukken - Hans Mulder & Theo Mulder
  • Entreprise architecture as strategy - Peter Weill, David Robertson & Jean W. Ross
  • ICT- infrastructuur en datacommunicatie - Frits Gubbels, Rob Braam
  • Financial business intelligence: trends, technology, software selection and implementation - Nils Rasmussen & Paul S Goldy

Simply… ask

If you are not a fan of any of the previous options, then there is a much more straight-forward one and that is simply to ask. IT people are people who do their job with a passion, and are always happy to share their knowledge. Everyone likes to talk about their interests so pick your moment, grab a coffee and ask away. You may be surprised at what’s new in the world of IT.