Key Trends In IT For 2022
The way we communicate and perceive work has undergone massive changes in the last two years. Several new technological advancements surfaced purely because of necessity, and the pandemic has played a crucial role in accelerating the adoption of these digital technologies.
Nonetheless, the rapid development of remote technologies and IT infrastructures is just the beginning. Looking forward, we have highlighted the significant trends and technological developments that will happen in 2022.
#1 – Demand for 5G
In the upcoming year, 5G adoption is expected to surpass 4G, and this will further set the foundation for a more intelligent and connected environment. While 5G’s superior speed is definitely advantageous than 4G, perhaps its most vital benefits are reliability and low latency that will give rise to new applications and use cases.
Currently, there exist a lot of companies that have already put forward 5G compatible smartphones and devices. However, tapping into the potential of 5G completely demands new ways to engage customers.
Irrespective of whether businesses in the IT sector embrace the 5G wave or not, this new technology will definitely reshape the high-tech and mobility landscapes in recent years. So, it would be ideal to stay prepared for the increasing demand for 5G-enabled products starting 2022.
From remote Medicare to faster networks, the excitement surrounding 5G is massive. The possibilities that this technology offers will result in the entire value chain passing through an experimentation phase to discover how value can be added to benefit customers.
#2 – Hybrid Working Experiences
According to Gartner, the use of collaboration platforms increased by 44 percent between 2019 and 2021. Similarly, McKinsey reported that over 20 percent of the global workforce, primarily those in verticals like insurance, finance, and IT, could work remotely most of the time, being equally or more productive.
The pandemic made businesses realize the many benefits of remote work. Now, going into 2022, hybrid work will become the central model for most knowledge-worker companies. Meaning, companies will have to come up with ways to best manage in-person and remote work—balancing when people come in without wedging silos between teams.
Furthermore, automation will play an integral role in the hybrid and connected work environment. Businesses will have to leverage low-code techniques, which according to 42 percent of business users, are critical to creating better-connected employee experiences.
The key is to be intentional about how you set up your hybrid environment. You shouldn’t be the only one benefitting from the output and productivity of your employees. You should continue to put together a flexible culture that will help you retain your staff in the upcoming years.
#3 – Increased Security Practices
Targeted cyber-crime is increasing across the world, especially with remote work acting as a gateway to new forms of data theft. Cybercriminals are on the constant lookout to tap into corporate data and customer details. And people who work from home pose as potential weak links in corporate IT security systems, thereby becoming a threat to businesses today.
As more than 60 percent of organizations plan to use cybersecurity risk as a primary determining factor for transactions and business engagements, a great amount of focus is placed on privacy laws, ransomware attacks on individuals, corporate intellectual property, and cyber-physical systems. Additionally, cybersecurity technology, together with AI and ML tools, are currently being leveraged to deal with specific relevant issues, like contactless travel.
For instance, remote identity verification through digital passports, smartphones, electronic travel authentication with layers of AI security, thereby empowering unified touchless travel. Another variation of this trend is ‘zero-Trust,’ which refers to the rise of digital identity proofing to verify employee remote logins and devices—allowing the remote workforce less privileged access—the minimum permission they require to fulfill their function.