As we start a new year, consider how the lessons acquired will assist us in 2022. If the past 2 years have shown anything, it is how vital rapid adaptability is in uncertain times. Businesses should accelerate their digital transformations and concentrate on key technology trends in order to prepare for the unexpected and adjust to whatever 2022 delivers. In 2021, CIOs will emphasize operational agility more than ever before. To continue negotiating this amount of change, CIOs understand they must first prioritize personnel retention and partnerships.
"Given the labor problems we experienced in 2021, the key to establishing the finest team is maintaining your personnel," says Rich Theil, CEO of The Noble Foundry. "You should create an environment in which people like working. Improve your working methods, include more enjoyment, and be much more attentive about your connections, and you will flourish in the coming year."
What else are digital leaders targeting for the next year? Let's look at ten forecasts for 2022 made by CIOs and IT executives.
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1. Adoption of hybrid cloud computing continues to expand in the age of hybrid work.
"As businesses embrace hybrid work environments, executives must reconsider their goals and strike a balance between scalability, speed, privacy, and security. Businesses and consumers want more flexibility than can be provided by traditional data center settings or purely public cloud solutions."
"This is why an increasing number of businesses are exploring large new expenditures in a hybrid cloud strategy. In 2022, we would see a surge in hybrid cloud use as it enables businesses to pivot as business needs develop and change in an unpredictable environment." -Jamshid Rezaei, Mitel's Chief Information Officer.
2. The emergence of new hybrid workforce tools
"Many collaboration systems enhanced their capabilities in 2021, allowing them to support both remote and in-office workers. As we transition to the hybrid workforce of the future, I believe that technologies will continue to grow to make communication and collaboration as seamless and efficient as possible. Workforce enablement encompasses much more than collaboration. Additionally, we must handle remote worker assistance."
"To that end, we are witnessing the emergence of a new generation of technologies powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. These technologies may detect, notify, and sometimes even resolve difficulties before the remote worker is aware of them. While the convergence of tools and platforms has occurred, I think that the hybrid approach to workforce enablement will continue to be the best way for the foreseeable future." -Jeff Ton, InterVision's Strategic IT Advisor.
3. Increased flexibility for multi-cloud installations
"Over the previous few years, the cloud has surpassed on-premise storage as the principal site for software providers to store their data. Numerous businesses have even migrated their apps to cloud-based platforms. The current trend, which I believe will continue through 2022, is software providers investing in multi-cloud installations. Due to restrictions such as GDPR and the need for localized data, enterprises will not want to be trapped into a single cloud provider." -Charles Caldwell, Logi Analytics' VP of Product Management.
4. Kubernetes and AI/ML collaborate on next-generation apps
"While we've seen a broad range of apps run in containers, we see more enterprises migrate their mission-critical, stateful applications to Kubernetes. Databases, event-driven messaging, and mission-critical applications are anticipated to migrate to Kubernetes to benefit from the scalability, security, and portability that Kubernetes provides for all applications. However, one sticks out among the several apps running on Kubernetes: AI/ML."
"As Data Science becomes a crucial function in almost every organization, the capacity to develop and enhance a wide variety of applications rises. AI/ML affects practically every element of contemporary business, from boosting customer interactions to making better data-driven choices to modeling driverless cars.
Moreover, Kubernetes provides the ideal platform features for AI/ML – scalability, GPU access, and workload mobility, to name a few. We have already seen enterprises do incredible things with AI/ML on Kubernetes, and we anticipate that the next generation of apps will fundamentally alter industries." -Brian Gracely, Red Hat OpenShift's Senior Director of Product Strategy.
5. Increased reliance on analytics in the digital transformation process
"A significant portion of 2022 will be spent establishing the framework for larger corporate transformation projects. If your business wants to achieve broad-scale digital transformation rather than fragmented projects focused on a specific use case, an integrated approach to data and analytics is required to optimize value. CIOs and their teams must be prepared to identify the most compelling business cases for using data and analytics. Spending time in Q1 strategizing about the roadmap of activities and discovering and exploiting synergies will be crucial for attaining meaningful achievements." -Rajan Sethuraman, Chief Executive Officer, LatentView Analytics.
6. Experimentation with open source software continues to rise
"As 5G is widely deployed, we can anticipate more video and higher transmission rates across all digital services. From cloud adoption to machine learning and artificial intelligence, the demand to upgrade and rethink your digital capabilities will continue to become stronger next year. As hyper-personalization enabled by AI becomes more prevalent, AI will begin to emerge as a differentiator for enterprises. Additionally, I anticipate that increasing experimentation will be conducted using open-source software. Savvy chief information officers should get acquainted with open source in their contexts and be ready to help." -Vikas Gupta, Senior Vice President of Sales Operations at Persistent Systems.
7. Diversification and inclusion initiatives across technology teams
"As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the lack of engineers in the United States will approach 1.2 million by 2026, while Gartner data suggests that 63 percent of senior executives continue to express grave worry about the scarcity of software engineers. In 2022, organizations will consider how to navigate this scarcity via diversity and inclusion. Investments in computer programming education and training for underrepresented groups and communities, combined with access to apprenticeships and internships, networking opportunities, and more, have the potential to fundamentally alter the look of engineering teams while also alleviating the engineering and technical talent shortage." -Christine Spang, Co-Founder, and Chief Technology Officer, Nylas.
8. Greater focus on technical abilities and less on degrees
"As the quality and accessibility of inexpensive online learning continues to improve, practically anybody may now obtain technological skills, which means that firms mired in yesterday's thinking of requiring high educational standards would lose out on hiring talent." -Josh Hamit, Altra Federal Credit Union's Vice President and Chief Information Officer, and also a member of ISACA's Emerging Trends Working Group.
9. Popularity of decentralized databases and edge computing
"Businesses are rethinking their strategies to make up for missed time and revenue during the epidemic. CIOs have their work cut out for them as they strive to build resilient and future-proof IT teams while still meeting business requirements. Businesses will modernize their outdated technology stacks to increase flexibility and use trustless, permissionless systems that do not need central control. As teams seek to reduce response times and conserve bandwidth, decentralized databases and edge computing will gain appeal." -Sachin Gupta, co-founder, and chief executive officer of HackerEarth.
10. The number of augmented reality rollouts continues to grow.
"Augmented reality will continue to find new applications. Expect to see it more incorporated into sales and training environments in the next year, as the reality of hybrid work as the new normal transforms how we cooperate and learn. As prospects for the advancement of augmented reality present themselves, decision-makers must clearly understand the issue they are attempting to address, rather than merely hoping fashionable technology will work for them. Implementation with care (including appropriate education and training) will be the difference between success and failure with AR." -Gary York, President, and CEO Help Lightning
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