Forecast 2016: 5 fast-track trends to tackle now (and one to ignore)

IT will drive business change in 2016 thanks to these key tech developments. 

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Of all the burning questions that keep tech execs awake at night, perhaps none is more urgent than, "Are we keeping up?" The breakneck pace of change in IT and in business at large means that CIOs and other senior technologists can't afford to lose focus as they head into 2016.

Where should you center your efforts as you build your to-do list for the year ahead? Computerworld's Forecast 2016 survey of IT professionals points to five key areas -- cloud computing, security, the Internet of Things, analytics, and the emergence of IT as a change agent -- as well as one area where you don't need to devote resources (or not yet, anyway).

Read on for a rundown of survey findings related to each of those topics and input from CIOs on how to prep for the year ahead. Once you're up to speed, strap in and hold on tight -- here comes 2016.

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