#eWEEKchat Dec. 8: ‘Predixions,’ Wild Guesses for IT in 2021

Join us for what always proves to be an enlightening and entertaining discussion on what we might expect to see in the IT world in 2021.


On Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKNews will host its monthly #eWEEKChat. The topic will be "Predixions, Sure Things, Wild Guesses for IT in 2021." It will be moderated by Chris Preimesberger, eWEEK's editor in chief.

Some quick facts:

Topic: "Predictions, Sure Things and Wild Guesses for IT in 2021"

Date/time: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 @11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST / 7 p.m. GMT

Hosted by: @eWEEKNews, #eWEEKchat

Moderator: Chris Preimesberger: @editingwhiz

Tweetchat handle: You can use #eWEEKChat to follow/participate via Twitter itself, but it's easier and more efficient to use the real-time chat room link at CrowdChat. Instructions are on that page; log in at the top right, use your Twitter handle to register, and the chat begins promptly at 11 a.m. PT. The page will come alive at that time with the live discussion. You can join in or simply watch the discussion as it is created. Special thanks to John Furrier of SiliconAngle.com for developing the CrowdChat app.

Our in-chat experts: Alex Sakaguchi, senior director of Global Cloud Solutions at Veritas Technologies; Hal Lonas, Webroot CTO; Michael Litt, Vidyard CEO; Dave Padmos, EY Americas TMT; Rob Woollen, founder and CTO of Sigma ComputingPieter Danhieux, co-founder and CEO of SecCodeWarriorRotem Iram, founder and CEO of At-Bay Cyber Insurance; Suhail Ansari, SVP of Engineering and Operations at McAfee; Bruce Kornfeld, chief marketing & product officer at StorMagic; Ken Englund, EY Americas Technology Leader; Matias Madou, CTO/co-founder, SecCodeWarrior.

Attendees also can offer their own perspectives at any time.

'Predixions, Sure Things and Wild Guesses for IT in 2021'

Yeah, we’re using the alternate spelling “predixions” here at eWEEK. Why not? Makes it easier to search!

Everybody wants to hear about what's likely to happen in the future—not that anybody knows exactly what's going to take place, that is. Guesses—educated and wild alike—can spark interesting discussions. But it's fun and entertaining to discuss the great things that are likely to happen, especially in the world of IT, where there's never a dull news moment.

It's also appropriate to look back and see what we accomplished in 2020 and how it may impact what we do in 2021. We may check back on some of the #eWEEKchat topics we discussed in 2020, which was another year marked by the fast ascendance of artificial intelligence everywhere, the rise of the edge computing and IoT markets, drones, AR and VR, smart cars and chatbots telling us what to do through our personal devices.

5G started to make some real inroads in 2020, thanks mainly to T-Mobile and AT&T; 2021 will be even bigger in 5G as it spreads to all our devices.

We saw the continued rise of RISC-V processing, AI and machine learning-based apps, blockchain databases, citizen development software projects and other items. Don't get us started on containers, Kubernetes and microservices—we could go on all day!

We also saw the usual high number of major security breakdowns, data privacy debates, another new iPhone, and the continued development of big data analytics, business intelligence, cognitive computing and robotics.

Concluding Year 8 of #eWEEKchat!

With this in mind, eWEEK is ending its eighth year of eWEEKchats. We started in January 2013—this one will be No. 93—we took the summer off in 2019 and had a special off-the-grid #eWEEKchat or two during the last two years. Here we will look ahead to 2021 at the new and different things we may expect to encounter. We will have some special guests online with us to offer their takes on all of this.

Everybody is invited: users, non-users, analysts, vendors, other journalists, seers, non-seers—everybody.

Need some ideas? eWEEK is currently running a series of “Predixions for 2021” articles. Read them over before you join our chat next Tuesday.

Here comes a prediction right now: We will pose questions such as:

  • What new devices, software and services might we expect to see in 2021?
  • Will we ever be able to get a handle on keeping data secure? Will we ever be able to completely screen out the bad human elements?
  • Will Facebook and Google continue to make improvements in their data privacy processes in 2021?
  • Could the fast development of cognitive computing turn into a serious problem? Elon Musk and the late Stephen Hawking are among the most prominent worriers about this.
  • Can we expect any type of improvement in online personal data privacy in 2021?

Plan to join us for what promises to be a fun and illuminating hour on Dec. 8. Get your predictions ready and share them with us!

#eWEEKchat Tentative Schedule for 2021*

Jan. 12: What's Up in Next-Gen Data Security
Feb. 9: Why Data Orchestration Is Fast Replacing Batch Processing
March 9: New Trends & Services in Health-Care IT
April 13: Trends in Project Management & Collaboration Tools
May 11: Trends in Data Management
June 8: Trends in Data Storage, Protection and Privacy
July 13: Next-Gen Networking Products & Services
Aug. 10: DevSecOps: Open Source Security and Risk Assessment
Sept. 14: Confidential Computing and Next-Gen Security
Oct. 12: DataOps: The Data Management Platform of the Future?
Nov. 9: New Tech to Expect for 2022
Dec. 14: Predixions and Wild Guesses for IT in 2022

*all topics subject to change

Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger is Editor-in-Chief of eWEEK and responsible for all the publication's coverage. In his 15 years and more than 4,000 articles at eWEEK, he has distinguished himself in reporting...