In 2022 the covid-19 pandemic will continue to impact our lives in many ways. This means that we will continue to see an accelerated rate of digitization and virtualization of business and society. However, as we move into a new year, the need for sustainability, ever-increasing data volumes, and increasing compute and network speeds will begin to regain their status as the most important drivers of digital transformation.
For many individuals and organizations, the most important lesson of the last two years or so has been that truly transformative change isn’t as difficult to implement as might have once been thought, if the motivation is there! As a society, we will undoubtedly continue to harness this newfound openness to flexibility, agility, and innovative thinking, as the focus shifts from merely attempting to survive in a changing world to thriving in it.
With that in mind, here are my predictions for the specific trends that are likely to have the biggest impact in 2022. You won’t find musings on quantum computing, neural interfaces, or nanotechnology – while they are certainly on the cards, their impact will be felt further down the line. Instead, the most important trends in 2022 are likely to focus around the convergence of technology trends, as tools emerge that let us combine them in new and amazing ways.
Technology Trends in 2022 and Beyond That You Should Prepare For
1. Locationless Organizations
As the pandemic limits physical contact, the demand for remote activities, such as work, increases. Interestingly, statistics show that 77% of workers say they’re more productive when working from home. As more businesses adopt remote working, the connection between enterprise and location weakens. In the future, that link will eventually wane, and organizations will become highly dependent on digital solutions, reducing the need for a ‘facility.’
2. Distributed Cloud
Latency is among the most significant barriers to moving some workloads to the cloud. Many real-time IoT monitoring applications produce masses of data, most of which are redundant. Utilizing processing power at the edge to filter this data is much more efficient than transferring it to a distant remote cloud service.
3. Internet of Behaviors
Among the technology trends in 2022 businesses should prepare for is the Internet of Behavior, a new branch of the Internet of Things. It involves gathering information about people’s behavior using technology and then using technology to influence their behavior. Businesses will look to capitalize on this technology as more and more consumers purchase slot online.
Currently, more and more employees are accessing resources from remote locations using their devices. Without the necessary tools nor skills to secure their devices, cyberattacks become highly possible.
It is projected that many organizations will take a bottom-up approach to cyber-awareness and cyber-resilience training. Businesses are seen to mandate this for all employees as part of overall health and safety training, rather than just the IT teams.
5. Increase in Demand for Certifications
Now that remote work is mainstream, certifications have become more imperative. Many IT professionals are currently accessing cloud infrastructure remotely.
As a result, organizations seek out employees with qualifications in the relevant AWS, Azure, or GCP cloud service. Robert Half’s 2022 IT Salary Report reveals that certified IT professionals can earn 5% to 10% more than their peers.
6. No Code / Low Code
Low-code, a visual approach to software development, requires little to no coding in building applications and processes. A low-code development platform utilizes visual interfaces with simple logic and drag-and-drop features instead of extensive coding languages.
Low code applications accelerate digital transformation by minimizing the need for specialized technical skills and significantly reducing the time in building applications. Gartner predicts that 65% of application development activity will be low code by 2024.
7. Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now starting to see implementation on a larger scale. Several AI vendors are expanding their reach and exploring opportunities in the Asia Pacific region due to the rapid digital transformation of its member countries.
AI will only grow more over the years along with the rise of automation and increase in businesses’ digital adoption. To date, top AI use cases include customer experience, fraud detection, predictive analytics, and customer insights.
8. AR / VR
Augmented Reality (AR) is another entry point to artificial experiences that individuals now have access to. According to Grand View Research, the global AR market size was estimated at USD 17.67 billion in 2020 and is seen to grow to USD 340.16 billion in 2028.
AR is expected to have more applicability beyond gaming and can be implemented more than virtual reality. AR use cases include product visualization in retail and remote mentoring in manufacturing.
The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the digital transformation drive in many areas, especially via blockchain or distributed ledger technology. Businesses across all industries have shown a growing interest in adopting blockchain technology for enhancing their business processes.
Worldwide spending on blockchain solutions is seen to reach USD 11.7 billion by 2022. One of the areas where blockchain penetration is fastest is payments in banking, which offer several benefits, including high-level security, real-time processing, and quicker cross-border transactions.
Organizations are transitioning from a process-based set of automation technologies to a more connected and holistic automation strategy. Thus, vendors develop integrated offerings that combine technologies like RPA, LCAP, and business process management into one complete packaged tool.
Gartner forecasts that the worldwide market for hyper-automation enabling technologies will reach USD 596.6 billion by 2022. It also predicts that hyperautomation will cut IT operational costs by 30 percent by 2024 while also reducing complexities in modern IT environments.