The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed the world of business by speeding up the adoption of digital technologies. After nearly two years of rapid digitalization, now is a good time for companies to take stock and think about how emerging technologies can meet new demands and support better business outcomes in the coming year.
Here are six big technology trends for 2022 that you might want to pay close attention to.
1. Locationless working
As the pandemic continues to limit physical contact, the need for remote activities, especially work, increases. It is predicted that, by 2025, more than two-thirds of the workforce will be working remotely at least five days a month. So, as businesses become accustomed to flexible or locationless working, they are also expected to make significant technological investments to successfully facilitate this transition.
Cyberthreats will continue to plague 2022 as the world becomes more digital and technology progresses. To make matters worse, attacks are bound to become more severe as cybercriminals learn from this year’s successful tactics and evolve them into next year’s campaigns.
But since the vast majority of cyberattacks still rely on human deception and manipulation, many businesses are now looking to invest more in the human aspect of cybersecurity. Security awareness programs and cyber resilience training, in particular, will help their employees identify threats, understand effective countermeasures, and deploy those countermeasures properly to keep themselves and the company safe.
Related reading: Regularly evaluate your cybersecurity
3. Internet of Behaviors
Businesses have their work cut out getting their message and brand noticed by consumers who are bombarded with massive amounts of information at all times. They must constantly create content that captures their audience’s attention and turns prospects into customers, making personalization more important than ever.
Enter, the Internet of Behaviors (IoB). This technology analyzes consumer behaviors, interests, and preferences based on the data collected from their online activity. It aims to understand such consumer data in order to create and market new products and services that cater to their audience. Businesses are expected to capitalize on this technology in the coming year, and it is predicted that the activities of up to 40% of the global population will be traced digitally to influence human behavior by 2023.
4. Low-code development
Low-code development is a modular approach to software development in which developers simply drag and drop components rather than use complex programming languages to create mobile or web applications. By utilizing visual interfaces, low-code development platforms minimize the need for specialized technical skills. These platforms will make it easy for small-business owners, office administrators, and others who are not professional software developers to build and test their own apps.
Businesses across industries are showing an increasing interest in blockchain technology to improve existing processes. This is because blockchain has the ability to share data quickly and securely, without the need to actively safeguard the data or facilitate the transactions.
Blockchain is gaining traction in the areas of banking and payments, offering several benefits including high-level security and real-time processing. Global spending on blockchain solutions is estimated to reach $11.7 billion by next year.
With the help of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies, more businesses will automate processes that involve large volumes of information and data. From 2022 onwards, the rate of automation will increase as various industries utilize robotic process automation and intelligent business process management software. By relying on AI and ML, businesses can depend less on a human workforce when it comes to repetitive, tedious tasks, thereby minimizing human error and improving process accuracy, speed, and reliability.
Utilizing current and emerging technologies is an excellent way to stay competitive in the new business and economic environment. We at outsourceIT can help with this and all your other IT-related concerns. Contact us today to learn more.