Back to the Future Predictions for 2015 that came true3 min read

The end days of the year makes us realize what technology developments and breakthroughs we have seen, adopted and implemented in the course. 2015 has been a remarkable year if we talk about technology advancements. Making predictions is not a cakewalk, it is rather tricky since technology is transitional, what you can’t imagine turns to reality. However, some prognosis by Experts and Technologists this year came true and earned great recognition from large audiences, organizations and business groups.

The vision of the future has vowed many technical individuals and common users. We have compiled a list of few phenomenal evolutions and expansions that were expected to spill in 2015, and they did.

Mobile Payments

Debit cards, then Credit Cards then Online transactions and now it is paying through mobile phones- a tremendous progress to make payments more convenient and secure. Mobile technology has outdone its own features and applications. We have watched this mobile transfers and payments in movies, and see the things have now  turned up in the real words from that of the fictional.

Apple Pay, Micromax, Samsung- almost every smartphone giant has got their hands on mobile payments offering all financial transactions like sending and requesting money, paying bills and making payments to contacts in the device’s address book. In simple terms, your mobile devices will serve as your Cheque book, bank account, debit/credit card. Apple Pay is running- you can start to pay in stores and apps in an easy and secure manner with your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Pro, iPad mini 3, iPad Air 2.

Self-service Data preparation and visualization

Forrester’s 2015 predictions Report on mobile analytics adoption predicted it to go mainstream among several business groups. And the leading BI tools have certainly strengthened a fundamental change in the approach of BI.  The year saw a drastic transformation  with the introduction of self-service data preparation on the modern platform. The leading data organizations – Datawatch and DFOCUS have made it possible for BI professionals and Data Analysts to assign and develop their reports and perform analysis without much support from IT.

Availability of tools from Qlik, Tableau and Spotfire has extended the capabilities of data visualization, when users do not have to find the best way to integrate disparate data sources and potential data values to be applied. The BI tools will do the tasks for you.

Enhanced SQL Capabilities

Gartner predicted the merging of NoSQL and SQL technologies in relational databases and said, “By 2017, the “NoSQL” label will cease to distinguish DBMSs, which will reduce its value and result in it falling out of use. By 2017, all leading operational DBMSs will offer multiple data models, relational and NoSQL, in a single platform.” 

It is interesting to know that we have reached some great enhancements between the two database technologies. We saw introduction of N1QL (an addition to NoSQL products) by Couchbase, which provides a database management system (RDBMS) that can robustly support SQL dialects for querying data. It adds support to SQL CRUD (Create, Read, Update and Delete) operations within the N1QL implementation, covering it for indexes and prepared statements. This feature will allow developers to create an index on combined columns in a database table, which matches the sort order or filter criteria used in SQL queries. Thus, latency of complex queries is reduced to a greater extent.

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