What are the 10 technology trends for 2022?

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* Original article published on the blog of IKUSI, a technology company specialising in cybersecurity and digitalisation

In a world where digital acceleration and transformation are the order of the day for businesses, understanding and implementing the top technology trends could prove crucial.

Therefore, in this article we’ll run through the 10 digital solutions you should consider in order to take your organisation to the next level of productivity and efficiency in 2022.

The importance of understanding technology trends in business

Technology trends show how companies and organisations will connect with their partners and consumers in order to build scalable and resilient bases of communication and trust for the future.

The context created by the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing meant and still means that businesses have to make an extra effort to survive in an increasingly changing world.

Moreover, with a view to mitigating future economic risks, technological trends are the key to adopting efficient processes that ensure profit margins and cash flow.

But what exactly are they? Let’s take a look!

10 technology trends for 2022

As usual, Gartner have prepared a report compiling a set of solutions that will carry the digital baton for businesses in 2022. We describe them in detail below.

1. Cloud based platforms

Cloud computing is now at a point where it has gone well beyond being a more document repository or flash drive extension. In fact, cloud native platforms now enable a wide range of organisations to build new app architectures that are much more resilient, flexible and agile, especially those designed to respond rapidly to digital change.

They are a step beyond traditional platforms, eliminating the lift and shift approach of the cloud and harnessing the potential it is capable of providing, and doing away with complex and costly maintenance tasks.

2. Sustainability

Without a doubt, sustainability is and will continue to be a technological trend for years and even decades to come.

And both the market and businesses are keeping their eyes open for changes, so much so that we expect to see more electric cars, LED lights, solar panels and lithium batteries, among other resources.

3. Data fabric

Data fabric is a technology that provides flexible and resilient integration of data sources across platforms and towards users, making information accessible whenever it is needed and no matter where it is located.

Given that valuable data and information is widely scattered across organisations, it can get stuck in silos. Therefore, data fabrics can provide interconnectivity between multiple databases and unlock the scope of resources.

4. 3D printing

3D printing is changing the way organisations and individuals design, model and source their products.

This technology will gradually become a necessity in all industries thanks to the simplification, ease of use and versatility it offers for creating objects from designs, opening doors to self-manufacturing at home and producing articles and tools in hard-to-reach places.

5. Confidential computing

Confidential computing allows the secure processing of personal data in untrustworthy environments. This makes it a substantially important solution, considering developments and changes in privacy and data protection laws, as well as customer concerns.

In addition, it draws on a variety of privacy protection techniques that allow value to be extracted from the data, while fully adapting to compliance guidelines.

6. Quantum computing

Quantum computing is one of those technology trends that seem to be a long way off but are actually already here.

This solution will extend Moore’s Law –which explains the pattern of transistor growth in microprocessors– and take seconds to solve problems that would take years with a traditional computer.

Its use will focus on aspects such as:

  • Reducing the number of steps for computer calculations, speeding up processing.
  • Breaking cryptographic codes.
  • Developing super-secure fraud detection systems.
  • Processing genetic data.
  • Using quantum algorithms to optimise devices.

7. MOOCs

COVID-19 changed the way in which people get their education and extended the benefits of online learning. This shift highlighted the potential of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) to transform the future of higher education.

In 2022 and beyond, the power of MOOCs will become increasingly evident, paving the way for many institutions to bring their information and learning programs to students all over the world.

8. Nanotechnology

Nanoparticles and their multiple uses have been part of the conversation for some time now. However, advances in quantum computing science, microprocessors and medical technology point to wider and exponential use in the near future.

9. Autonomous systems

Autonomous physical devices and software capable of learning from their surroundings to modify their own algorithm in real time and optimise their behaviour according to the complexity of ecosystems will create a technological skill-set for dealing with new requirements and situations, improving their performance and preventing attacks without the need for human intervention.

10. Internet of Things

From wearables that track new movements to smart homes, the Internet of Things is one of the technology trends that will pave the way towards new devices, processes, and social and business dynamics.

It is a resource that will change the way we relate to our environment, as well as interconnect aspects of day-to-day living in order to makes our lives safer and simpler.

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