What Will Be The Biggest Tech Trends in 2022?
Technology powers pretty much everything we do in our working and everyday lives. Every year it continues to advance, helping enhance our lives further. It can also cause issues on occasion! Certainly, modern business would be nothing without technology. Every year, the biggest tech trends in business change or shift in their level of importance. So, let’s take a look at what 2022 has in store for us.
Big data, where apps and software unlock, analyse and utilize the vast tracts of digital information that exist has been a buzzword across industry for the last few years. It is clear that data will be at the heart of technology going forward. But it is also clear that data lives in all sorts of places, and can be hard to get hold of! “Unstructured” data that doesn’t conform to any data models comprises at least 80% of all data out there. It’s very difficult to get hold of and keep on normal databases. This means that only 0.5% of all that information is currently actually being used.
Making that data more accessible is a top priority across industry. Data fabric, tech that provides a single environment to access, collate and manage data across millions of sources, is at the forefront of tech company efforts to make possible this flow of information. So, expect to hear more and more about data fabric in 2022.
We all know about Netflix of course. But have you ever wondered how it managed to go from a mail-order company to the biggest on-demand online streaming service on the planet? Cloud-native systems are a huge part of the answer. Netflix went worldwide in 2016, opening up in 130 countries. They knew that if they relied on in-house serves and data centres, they wouldn’t have been able to keep up with demand. Their expansion plan would have been simply impossible.
So, they decided to migrate their servers entirely to Amazon Web Services. Overnight, they could leverage thousands of virtual servers and vast amounts of storage, all with automated and secure processes. It has fuelled their massive growth.
Cloud-Native platforms are a great way to harness the power of automation to allow for fast and cost-effective scalability. Next year will see many more companies moving their data systems entirely to cloud-native platforms. Without question – a big tech trend for 2022.
Companies and individuals are always at risk of ransomware and other cyber threats. They can infect computers with the intention to steal or hold sensitive information. Online threats continue to rise and there isn’t any evidence suggesting they’re going away anytime soon. Despite the rise, many companies are persisting with applying the “castle-and-moat” network security model. In this model, no-one outside the network can access data, but everyone inside can.
This may sound safe. However, a key 2019 study revealed that 69% of organisations suffering data breaches did so due to the actions of insiders. For many companies, their own employees pose the greatest threat to their cyber security.
Cybersecurity mesh will be one of the most important tech trends in 2022. It’s a solution that can help combat many online security threats. It works differently from other methods by applying multiple small ‘perimeters’ to I.T. networks rather than a single one. The strategy works on a “zero-trust” basis – all devices are by default not trusted to access the network. Access is solely granted via a series of security protocols. With remote working becoming the norm through Covid-19, the move to cybersecurity mesh systems will grow through the year.
Remote Working Advancements
OK – no prizes for this prediction! But remote working has exploded across a huge range of industries. So, this has created high demand for technology that better suits this new way of working. As a result, many companies are now being referred to as distributed enterprises.
The tech sector is working faster than ever to deliver the necessary programs to meet this massive shift in working style. They’re working tirelessly to improve existing software and create more efficient alternatives. Although this has been one of the biggest tech trends for a couple of years now, it will grow even more in 2022.
We’ve all heard of cryptocurrency. But the blockchain “virtual ledger” technology that powers its transactions is not so well known. For the uninitiated, a blockchain is a list of records – a virtual ledger, if you will. Every blockchain transaction is recorded and timestamped securely and immutably. They cannot be amended retrospectively. Invented to allow Bitcoin transactions to be made without a trusted third-party authority or central server, the deeply encrypted security, speed and convenience it offers has huge potential uses in virtually any industry you can think of.
Crypto is always in the news – but 2022 will see blockchain become one of the biggest tech trends in its own right.
The way a business makes decisions about certain things can be the difference between being successful or falling short. To help point owners and managers in the right direction, the use of “decision intelligence” is growing. Decision intelligence is the commercial use of artificial intelligence to make better business decisions. As access to big data grows via data fabric, information will increasingly be processed via AI machine learning models. They will then be used to instruct decision makers as to the best courses of action in any situation.
It’s relatively early days, but this tech trend will be one of the largest over the next few years. Expect to hear much more about it in 2022.
Wrapping Up The Biggest Tech Trends
And there you have it; these are the biggest tech trends to look out for in 2022. What other innovations will help enhance business processes as well as our daily lives? It will be fascinating to see how each of them plays out.
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