Top Technology Trends to Look Out for in 2022

February 22, 2022 – Technology is a part of our daily lives and is ingrained in the way businesses operate. A new Harvey Nash report says we will watch as the pace of adoption of existing technology increases, and new technologies emerge that change daily business. The search firm outlines the top five technology trends that have the greatest impact on business:

1. Blockchain

Blockchain has been one of the hottest technology trends in 2021, and according to a Harvey Nash report, public interest will grow in 2022 and beyond. However, although most people are familiar with blockchain as a technology that supports cryptocurrencies, its potential is much greater. The blockchain is so versatile that it can include many tasks outside of financial transaction registration, such as storing medical records, controlling and distributing vaccines, tracking product flows, maintaining personal credit records, and more.

2. Cybersecurity

Everyone knows that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the development of technology, both for better and for worse. As a result, cyberattacks are becoming more and more common and successfully targeting large corporations such as Facebook, Microsoft and CNA. So now it is more important than ever to have cybersecurity strategies.

Harvey Nash said that “there are many cybersecurity trends to look out for in 2022, such as targeted phishing attacks, cybersecurity threats in higher education, security issues in IoT devices and more. Fortunately, artificial intelligence technology has made its round in the cybersecurity sector, making security protocols easier and cheaper. Last year, we saw significant investment in cybersecurity as it is a top priority for digital leaders. These investments seem to pay off; our research shows that protecting cybersecurity remains tight. ” For example, only 24 percent of respondents to the study reported having suffered a serious attack in the past two years against 27 percent in 2020 and 32 percent in 2019.

3. Limit calculations

The aggressive growth of smart devices has put a heavy strain on the Internet infrastructure, requiring cloud businesses to look for new ways to serve their customers. With such rapid growth, the demand for peripheral computing has reached a historically high level.

According to Gartner, 10 percent of corporate data is created and processed outside of centralized data centers, and by 2025, that figure is projected to grow to 75 percent. “For companies, peripheral computing can help reduce overall network traffic to improve applications and software,” the Harvey Nash report said. “In addition, it provides greater security for business networks and increases data privacy. Edge Computing is a reliable, efficient and scalable solution that takes your workplace to a whole new level. ”

4. Technology II

The popularity of AI continues to grow in companies of all industries. In almost every profession, AI technology helps workers do their jobs more efficiently. Fifty-four percent of executives say implementing AI in their workplace has increased productivity. For example, artificial intelligence is an absolute change in the healthcare game, improving virtually every aspect of the industry, from virtual assistants that save valuable time to nurses, to AI workflow technology that helps doctors free up 17 percent of their schedules. Although AI has existed for some time, it is constantly being adapted and improved to facilitate the daily lives of people and businesses.

5. All as a Service (XaaS)

XaaS established itself a few years ago thanks to a wide range of services and applications that people can access on demand via the Internet. In addition, large companies such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have begun to use cloud computing to purchase on-demand services because of their agility and flexibility. Thanks to XaaS, companies can now get technology much faster and less expensive. Before cloud services, businesses had to buy individual products such as software, security, infrastructure, etc., install them on site and connect them to build a network. Now businesses only have to buy what they need and pay as they go.

The most in demand is cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is considered the most sought-after skill in the United States, followed by DevOps and big data / analytics, according to the Digital Leadership Report published by Harvey Nash Group and CIO CIONET. In a survey of technology leaders in a report on the most in-demand skills over the past 12 months, cybersecurity was named the most in-demand: 43 per cent of respondents said that was the case. It is followed by DevOps, which is cited by 39 percent of respondents, and big data / analysts, who cite 38 percent. The world’s top three skills were cybersecurity, big data / analytics and technical architecture.

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The Harvey Nash report also addressed the shortage of IT talent. It was found that 69 percent of U.S. technical leaders say they are unable to keep up with change due to lack of talent. Harvey Nash Group CEO Bew White said the business is moving from just being “technology-focused” to having technology scattered all over the place. Lack of talent with the right skills is a stumbling block. “In fact, businesses are facing a triple blow,” she said. “They lack the necessary qualified resources; they have not yet developed a new and effective value proposition for the hybrid working world; and the skills themselves are changing as technology evolves at an accelerated pace. ”

Still, 30 percent of digital leaders in the U.S. plan to increase investment in technology and 36 percent plan to increase staff. In addition to bridging the skills gap, 51 percent of digital leaders not only in the U.S. but around the world planned to increase cross-training, while 45 percent planned to increase the use of niche consulting and 44 percent planned to increase permanent employees. The report also found that 35 percent of the world’s digital leaders planned to increase the use of contractors and 30 percent planned to increase the use of performance contracts.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlan, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupson, Editor-in-Chief; and Stephen Savitsky, editor-in-chief of Hunt Scanlon Media

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