In most year-end predictions about technology, we usually discuss how market forces have created the need for a specific innovation. Yet for the second year in a row, the global pandemic is a key influencer on which technologies will be most in demand.
Here’s our perspective on the technical tools that enterprises will turn to most in 2022:
Sustainable is growing
Among the few bright spots around the pandemic is that renewable energy usage grew. It was actually the only energy source to increase during that time, as consumption dropped with all of the closed offices. That’s why experts predict an increased investment in renewable resources in the years to come from wind, tidal, and solar.
Cloud-Native Platforms on the rise
In a world of hybrid and remote employees, data infrastructure must adjust to the distributed nature of the workplace. As such, distributed services will become a necessity, which is yet another reason to use the power of the cloud. The cloud allows enterprises to implement flexible IT-related services at a reduced cost. That’s crucial, as by 2023, 75% of distributed companies will outperform non-distributed competitors by 25%.
Companies are turning to Decision Intelligence
Decision Intelligence (DI) is a technology that allows leaders to assess the potential results of specific decisions before taking action. DI differs from AI, in that it allows AI to achieve better outcomes. Since DI is driven by data, it helps companies to realize the full value of their data, which ultimately fosters more prudent business decisions.
Welcomes to Hyperautomation
Hyperautomation is a key strategic tool for companies who need to accommodate future market forces. Hyperautomation combines intelligent automation with AI, connecting processes, people, and products. As such, it quickly analyzes and automates as many processes as necessary to make the supply chain as efficient as possible.
Remote technologies can’t be stopped
The pandemic proved that organizations could innovate with a largely remote-work model. In fact, companies have not only adapted successfully, they have gained new levels of efficiency. Remote work technologies will only become even more critical, and tools such as Zoom, Trello, Slack, and Microsoft Teams will see increased competition.
The shift to Anywhere Operations
While many leaders are currently focusing on return-work policies, others recognize the need to implement an “Anywhere Operations” model. This new paradigm includes a people-first perspective, best-in-class collaboration, and all the components of digital transformation. Doing so cuts operation costs, provides access to an unlimited, global employee base, and sets the company up for future growth.
5G will finally arrive
For years we’ve been hearing how 5G will go from nascent idea to full-blown implementation. Now that 5G is realizing its promise, this technology will surely impact the quantity and quality of transmitted data. We will see the limitations of prior technologies go away, and instead experience new speed with autonomous technologies, drones, IoT and virtual reality.
Edge Computing drives industry growth
While data processed between connected devices currently occurs in the cloud, there can often be a lag of a few seconds during this ongoing transfer of data, which may affect overall efficiency. And while 5G provides a decent solution to this problem, a better way is to enable Edge Computing. The approach will be a key technological tool for transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, and other industries where mere seconds can make the difference between profit and loss.