Five future trends for the IT industry in 2022
- December 24, 2021
- Posted by: Jade Scammells
- Category: Technology
One of the most exciting things about working in IT is how quickly the industry evolves and changes.
Think back to 2018 – nearly four years ago. 4G was the dominant internet mobile technology, most people worked in offices rather than remoting in from home, and edge computing was still in its infancy. We’ve definitely come a long way since then!
With this in mind, what are the top IT trends for the year ahead? We’ve put together five emerging trends that we think will dominate 2022 and beyond.
What do you think will be the top trend in the IT industry next year?
Artificial intelligence (AI) is about creating software and machines that carry out automated tasks in the same way a human would.
We’ve all been using AI for several decades. The smart assistants on our phones and smart speakers in our homes are all powered by AI. As well as making our lives more convenient, businesses can also use AI to improve our standard of living. For example, it is used to diagnose diseases, power self-driving cars and identify health and safety issues in people’s homes.
As AI can be used to automate repetitive tasks, organisations can also save time and money that can be used to help grow their business in other ways.
According to TechJury, over three-quarters of the devices we use utilise at least one form of AI, and this number is set to grow in 2022.
Cloud computing has been around for a long time. However, the technology really came to prominence last year when many people started working from home because of the pandemic.
With cloud computing, businesses can access data on-demand over the internet, rather than relying on in-house servers. This makes information easier to access and helps companies provide a better service to customers.
According to Gartner, there is currently such a demand for cloud computing that organisations don’t have the in-house skills to keep up. This means that making a move into cloud computing could be of great benefit for online learners.
Edge computing (also known as ‘edge cloud’) uses a similar technology to cloud computing; however it processes data in a different location.
While cloud computing processes data away from the end-user, edge computing processes it as close to the end-user as possible.
Edge computing means organisations can handle data more quickly and efficiently. This makes it extremely useful in industries where fast response times are required, such as manufacturing, computer games and online streaming.
The rise of 5G and faster mobile internet means that edge computing will become even more critical to organisations in 2022.
As you may be aware, cryptocurrency is currently taking the world by storm. As a result, many online retailers now accept currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum as legal tender. However, some people are still concerned that cryptocurrency is not a secure form of money.
Blockchain is a type of technology used to ensure transactions made using cryptocurrency are safe. It acts as an online record of transactions, maintained by a network of computers in order to ensure accuracy and make sure records cannot be altered. This means the value of cryptocurrency cannot be changed or data stolen by hackers.
Businesses can use blockchain technology in other ways too. For example, companies can use blockchain to track how long food takes to get to its location. That way, if there is a food poisoning outbreak, businesses can see where the food may have potentially become contaminated and take action.
Virtual reality and augmented reality
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have really come to prominence over the past few years, but we have been using the technology in various shapes and forms since the 1960s.
The names of the two technologies are often used interchangeably but in reality, are two distinct types of tech. VR uses a headset display to immerse the user in a virtual experience. VR is commonly used for gaming, but can also be used in other ways. For example, it can help doctors practise surgery in a virtual environment or allow soldiers to learn how to handle high-stress situations.
Rather than using a headset, AR showcases an enhanced version of the world we live in, adding sound and graphics to show us a slightly different version of our environment. As well as being used in games (Pokémon Go is an excellent example of how AR can be utilised), it can be found in other apps too. For instance, many furniture retailers use AR to show people how products will look in their homes. Likewise, beauty companies use it to show how eyeshadow and lipstick will look on customers before they buy.
The use of VR and AR is growing all the time. There are currently eight hundred million users of AR worldwide, and this number is set to double over the next three years.
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