January is a time of looking back upon the last year and looking ahead to the year in front of us. To prepare you for the year ahead, we’ve reviewed the 2022 predictions from Forbes, Gartner, TechRepublic, and more to give you a condensed list of the top 5 technology trends you can expect to see in 2022.
Trend #1: The Next Level of Digital Transformation
To start off, we will see successful organizations start to think beyond just digital transformation. Forbes shares that we can expect organizations to shift to a more DevOps focussed approach in 2022. This will increase the efficiency of a development-to-operations model. As virtualization advances, we will continue to see increasing amounts of previously physical hardware switching over to virtual infrastructure. Data storage vendors will have to keep up with pre-existing cloud initiatives that their customers have in 2022 and provide ease, scalability, and flexibility. Forbes says “The reality is that the cagey storage providers are “there” already. The truth is, we’re software companies now.”
Trend #2: Data and AI Everywhere You Look
People are becoming increasingly aware that data and AI are omnipresent in today’s society, and this will only continue in the new year, no matter where you are. AI and machine learning are CIOs’ best bets for achieving goals and are the smartest investment to make as time goes on. TechRepublic shares that “Going forward, the top three things for CIOs to prioritize are strategy, data literacy and AI.” Utilizing responsible AI, which is something we will cover in Trend #4, is also crucial as organizations go forward. Creative algorithms, language modelling, and more, are all a part of the top 5 technology trends for 2022.
Trend #3: Shifts in the Workplace
We’ve seen many changes to the traditional workplace since the beginning of the pandemic, and these shifts will continue in the new year. As the great resignation progresses and masses of people leave their jobs, organizations are looking for new ways to evaluate and retain talent. The hiring shortage has hit many industries, and the technology sector is no different. Remote work options will increase, with many organizations seeing the benefit in expanding to allow for more flexibility. We will see a reduced focus on degrees, and more on what an individual has accomplished on their own means as well as the value they add as a person. The last few years have seen a rapid increase in a call for diversity and inclusion, and 2022 will be no different. We can expect to see a deeper focus on the representation of all groups within the workplace, and the different points of view that exist.
Trend #4: Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Methods
As many companies are growing past their first push into the cloud, we’ll see an increase in cloud hybridization and multi-cloud technology, to avoid cloud lock-ins. Cloud lock-ins are when customers become more dependent on a single cloud storage solution or platform. This is due to the difficulty and high costs associated with transitioning to a different vendor. Today, we are also seeing the biggest cloud providers like Microsoft, Amazon, and IBM expanding their rollout of “hybrid” models. These models adopt a best-of-both private and public cloud approach. For example, data that needs to be accessed quickly and frequently can be kept on public servers. Data that is more sensitive can be kept on private servers where access can be monitored.
Trend #5: Transparency, Governance, and Accountability
In the new year, we will see an increase in transparency, governance and accountability as it is crucial that customers are provided with transparent and explainable AI. AI solutions providers need to gain the trust of their customers while finding a balance. An example of regulation is the artificial intelligence act proposed by the European Commission; its purpose is to create a common framework for all AI. Regulation within this act is based on risk-levels of the AI, determined by the European Commission. This balance is between ensuring that innovation isn’t paused, while also making sure that people aren’t being exploited in the process.
2022 will be a turning point for a lot of organizations, the majority of which will follow these new trends. Digital transformation progression, data and AI, workplace changes, hybrid and multi-cloud methods, and transparency are only the top 5 technology trends for 2022.
How will they fit into your organization? Are there any other trends that you see on the horizon for this new year? Let us know your thoughts on these trends.