Despite a complex general environment, IT investments continue to grow around the world. What are the 5 technological trends to follow for the next decade?
Global IT investment is expected to grow 5% this year to $ 4.5 trillion. Driven by years of health crisis, the technology sector is currently experiencing a real historic turning point, with companies at the center of these upheavals that have to make the right choices. Now, in fact, it is necessary to take into account and prioritize the technological trends of the future in order to invest intelligently. In 2022, five major technology trends will prevail for the next few years. By themselves, they will redefine many parts of our daily life and beyond the simple professional sphere.
1. IT green
The technology represents one of the largest energy consumers in the world, given the high computing and storage power required for their correct functioning. This will greatly increase over time. The technology industry must strive to reach zero in terms of consumption as soon as possible and to set ecological footprint targets for all levels of its organizations, be it physical infrastructures such as data centers.
In this context, companies need to integrate sustainability and energy efficiency into the software, hardware and hybrid solutions they develop. Because from now on every company works its own mutation to become, in its own right, a technology company. By the end of the decade, technology will be a major factor affecting a company’s green credentials. It will also have a key role to play in adopting an ecological sustainability policy within companies.
2. The distributed cloud
More and more companies have turned to the cloud. And many of them are wondering how to make full use of its capabilities. In fact, it is not just a question of thinking about the technology itself, with the question, for example, of which supplier might be more suitable, but also of the use that will be made of it to obtain good commercial results.
To answer these questions, companies are increasingly turning to a distributed cloud model that overcomes latency issues. With this model, the use of the enterprise cloud is moving in a direction similar to energy supply, where suppliers produce energy from a distributed ecosystem on the grid.
3. 5G-edge hyper connectivity
Distributed cloud pushes cloud services to the edge of the network, where companies can process distributed data. However, this is only possible through highly efficient, high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity that revolves around 5G.
The promises of the network edge will only materialize when 5G is deployed on a large scale, as data must be processed at very low latency in a distributed capacity. In this scenario, network capacity is critical, which is why there is a strong push towards fiber-optic broadband in both corporate and personal environments.
4. Immersive reality with the metaverse
In a hyperconnected world, almost everything we see or own in the “real” physical world has its digital counterpart, a kind of twin or coexisting version.
The metaverse, the latest development of this new immersive reality, is used in both B2C and B2B environments. This includes virtual reality, augmented reality and extended reality (XR).
There are three significant use cases in the Metaverse. The first is related to consumption and influences the way people engage, interact and collaborate in a virtual space (for example, in the commerce sector). The next use case is education, which provides the ability to learn in an interactive spatial environment. Finally, it can also be used for commercial or talent acquisition purposes, creating a work environment that reflects the next generation of employees and their future expectations.
Every company that exists in the “physical” world will have some sort of imprint and its own identity in the metaverse. Digital assets will be a very important part of this ecosystem and new (even existing) digital currencies that match real world currencies will be needed to transact in this new virtual reality.
5. Quantum computing
Quantum uses the physics and quantum states of subatomic particles to create incredibly powerful computers that store data and perform computational tasks on a gigantic scale. These quantum computers can solve problems at almost unimaginable speeds, while consuming far less power than traditional computers.
There are already so many applications, such as optimization, machine learning, cryptography and simulation, and this is still just the beginning as new use cases appear every day. The power of quantum computing could help solve and support transportation problems, route optimization, traffic congestion, and even conduct important medical research to help treat diseases such as cancer. In doing so, quantum computing will fundamentally shape the future of human existence, creating entirely new possibilities that will change the way we live and understand the world.
Delivering on the promise of technology
The level of investment in these five technology trends has already reached around half a trillion dollars so far. The work, however, is not finished: companies must now deliver on the promise of these technologies, solving the world’s most pressing problems and driving human progress.
Private and public sector companies also have a responsibility to ensure this digital revolution is inclusive. As we lay the groundwork for Web 3.0, the next version of the internet that relies on blockchain and decentralization, the technology must remain open. Right now, the industry must come together, bottom-up, to shape technology adoption and ensure that we leverage trust, transparency and agility as we build the next generation of platforms and solutions.