One of the ways to track trends is to see what kind of people industries are hiring. From Networks World: Five cool future IT positions:
1. Information steward
2. Service delivery manager
3. Technology-business relationship manager
4. Outsourcing relationship manager
5. Mobile-application developer
Jobs in Information definitely seems like a trend. This makes me happy since we are in the business of selling Information Discovery Tools.
The last one “Mobile Application Developer” makes me think. A friend has been telling me (even though I was not willing to listen) that mobile application development is the thing to watch. It has very different challenges that Web Application Development (which is our current focus). But look at all the recent announcements of JavaFX Mobile.