Tech Trends for 2021

Published On: January 25, 2021

2020 was a big year for technology even amidst a global pandemic. The shift to remote working placed a greater emphasis on the digital workplace and with that came an increased reliance and focus on the technology industry as a whole. 2021 promises to deliver on that focus and become another exciting year for the industry.

We are going to show you some of the tech trends you should be on the lookout for in 2021 and how you can become a part of them.

Cloud computing has become the norm for businesses of any size. The ability for users to access computer system resources on-demand, without having to directly manage those resources has vastly expanded what many organizations are capable of.

The three biggest companies in cloud computing (Amazon, Microsoft, and Google) will remain in tight competition this year. You can expect to see exciting new cloud computing developments from each company as the demand for cloud computing services continues to grow.

The best way to transition into a career in the cloud computing sector is by earning certifications in either Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure. 91% of employers look for IT certifications when hiring and they believe certifications to be an indication of a successful employee.

Both companies offer a range of different cloud computing certifications from general, entry-level certifications to highly-specific, advanced certifications. Choosing what certifications you pursue can help you shape your career in this exciting area of IT.

At Ashton College, we offer basic and advanced courses for both AWS and Azure. Each course is designed to help you work towards your cloud computing certifications. If you are curious about cloud computing, but you are not an IT professional, or you need a primer on the subject, we also offer an Introduction to Cloud Computing course.


Cybersecurity played a large role in 2020 and it will continue to in 2021. 2020 saw an increase in digital work as well as digital crimes. The year also saw cybercriminals targeting small and medium-sized businesses more than ever before. The increase in online criminal activity means that IT and cybersecurity professionals are needed now more than ever to maintain and protect digital systems and infrastructures. For anyone who is new to the industry or is looking to make a change, certification training is the place to start. For a foundational introduction, consider CompTIA A+ certification training. For more advanced education, look into CySA+ certificationSecurity+ certification, or even Network+ certification.

The number of jobs in cybersecurity has been consistently increasing in Canada by 7% every year. Worldwide, there is expected to be 3.5 million vacant cybersecurity positions by the end of 2021. The demand for cybersecurity crosses over with the cloud computing market as well. AWS and Azure both have robust security offerings, and you can earn a security certification for both cloud computing services.


With human interaction being restricted in the current world, automation is going to be focused on addressing areas of life that generally require human-to-human interaction. There is automation work to be done in both the physical space and the digital with remote working being an area that many automation experts will be particularly focused on. The move to predominantly digital workplaces was a quick one and there are many parts of the experience that can be improved on and automated.

With automation improvements happening in both the physical and digital space, there will be a need for robotics and machine learning experts. Ashton College offers continuing education courses in both these topics, which will provide you with practical knowledge and skills that you can use immediately in your work.

Staying on Top of Tech Trends

One of the best ways to stay relevant in the tech industry is to stay educated. Ashton College offers a wide selection of technology continuing education courses online that can help you stay at the forefront of the industry. Register now for one of our upcoming courses and take your career to the next level.


The information contained in this post is considered to be true and accurate as of the date of publication. However, the accuracy of this information may be impacted by changes in circumstances that occur after the time of publication. Ashton College assumes no liability for any error or omissions in the information contained in this post or any other post in our blog.


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