The IT industry is vast and the variety of technologies are staggering. If you're pursuing a job in IT, or perhaps you're already there and you're looking for a change, you might look into Data Fabric. Distributed computing, Edge computing, etc. are creating problems for companies to manage their data and the inherit security issues involved. Gartner has recently published their Technology Trends for 2022 and has identified Data Fabric as a growing need, https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2021-10-18-gartner-identifies-the-top-strategic-technology-trends-for-2022. They state:
The number of data and application silos has surged in the last decade, while the number of skilled personnel in data and analytics (D&A) teams has either stayed constant or even dropped. Data fabrics – a flexible, resilient integration of data across platforms and business users – have emerged to simplify an organization’s data integration infrastructure and create a scalable architecture that reduces the technical debt seen in most D&A teams due to the rising integration challenges.
Solutions Review lists their 6 Best Data Fabric Tools and Software for 2021: https://solutionsreview.com/data-management/the-best-data-fabric-tools-and-software/
Tech Target lists their top 6 use cases for Data Fabric: https://searchdatamanagement.techtarget.com/feature/The-top-6-use-cases-for-a-data-fabric-architecture
While many think of IT as primarily coding jobs, Functional and Data Analysts are becoming more critical in helping companies understand their data and the impacts across the enterprise.