Technology is fast evolving. Moreso this past few years compared to the past hundred years. In the past year, however, the pandemic further accelerated advancements in technology.
What does this mean for you?
Because of the rapid advancements, it’s now important for both businesses and IT professionals to arm themselves with the knowledge of the latest in the tech industry. This means you should stay current with the latest and emerging technologies. It also means looking out for trends that can affect your business or profession.
A Quick Review
In the past year, many of the biggest advancements in technology focused on providing companies, governments, and communities with help to battle the ongoing pandemic. There were blockchain technology, digitization of supply chain, and rollout of new mRNA vaccines.
The previous year also brought data privacy overhauls, internet access expansion, and the controversial relaunch of Facebook, which has since been named Meta. Meta is short for metaverse, which is a fictional world where people “live” and connect with each other through the internet but is using virtual and augmented reality technologies.
What about the new year? There’s a lot to expect from the tech industry in 2022.
In fact, both Gartner and Deloitte have already released their tech trend reports for the coming year, and both of them are extensive. From the two experts in their respective fields, you can expect a wave of innovations from their lists.
For the new year, Gartner identified tech trends critical to businesses, which will enable CEOs, CIOs, and other IT executives to improve their efficiency and digitalization efforts. Deloitte’s report, on the other hand, examines how business processes are outsourced and automated using powerful tech tools.
With these overviews, here are some highlights of their tech trends for 2022.
Technologies for Defense
According to Deloitte, 2022 will bring in cyber AI (artificial intelligence). This will allow companies to fight the increasing threat of cyber attacks. This also improves cybersecurity for all kinds of organizations. In fact, experts believe, along with predictive analytics and machine learning, cyber AI will be used by civil and government security agencies.
IT experts predicted that for 2022, these technologies will push new investments and policy initiatives that will advance their development, which is just the start.
Beyond 2022, it is expected that more government funding will be allocated for these technologies. For now, though, you’ll see more development in AI-driven robotic process automation and facial recognition technology when the new year comes in.
Internet Access For People from Rural and Developing Areas
While cybersecurity is a priority for IT security professionals and federal security agencies, the government and private organizations aim to provide better internet connections for Americans.
From the government side, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which was signed into law in November 2021, have established the creation of the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth. It will spearhead the implementation of the current administration’s goal of digital equity and universal broadband access. This means affordable internet for everybody, especially from communities that had no access.
From the side of private companies, internet providers, through the IIJA, can offer basic discounted laptops and computers to their customers. You can build your own high-performance desktop gaming PC though. But, using your own resources.
On the other hand, private communications satellite technology is expected to be launched or developed in 2022. This technology aims to provide a speedy internet connection for everyone, no matter where you are in the world.
Space-based internet has already attracted huge investments and development from SpaceX, OneWeb, and Amazon.
New Technological Terms to Watch Out For
Because of the emerging technologies, you should also expect new technical terms that come with them. They include the following:
1. Data Fabric. It is the is the combination of different sources of data from various business users and platforms. It makes data accessible everywhere, reducing tasks in data management by up to 70%.
2. Composable Applications. These are programs or software that were developed as modular components for businesses. They use and reuse code to create new software solutions.
3. Cybersecurity Mesh. It is a technological architecture that combines disparate and distributed security services. It makes stand-alone security solutions stronger when combined with others.
4. Decision Intelligence. It is a tool for improving decision-making in businesses. It uses analytics and intelligence to provide information that drives business decisions.
5. Hyperautomation. It is a business-driven, disciplined approach to rapidly automating business processes. It encourages remote operation and scalability.
How Technology Trends Will Drive Digital Business
Both Gartner and Deloitte stated in their reports that these trends will accelerate many organizations’ digital capabilities and transformation efforts. These trends will also help solve business challenges.
If you want your business to grow, or to advance your career, keep yourself updated with the latest trends in technology for 2022.