It is a classic that at the end of one year and the beginning of another the technological milestones that will mark the next steps in business modernization are reviewed. Sometimes they are not taken very seriously, as they are considered too futuristic, but recent years have shown us the speed with which a priori very innovative solutions become a daily reality and necessary to continue in the gap. These are some of the ICT trends in 2022 to increase the competitiveness of companies.
The media echo these forecasts based on reports and opinions from analysts and technology providers. In this post, we comment on some of the ones that we consider to be the most important to take into account to invest in the right direction. They are IT solutions available to SMEs.
Considering how 2021 has developed and the demands of society and the digital market in which we currently live, investment in technology is once again a priority in business budgets. Given the unstoppable advance of data production, the proven benefits of remote work and the discouraging increase in cyber-attacks, the three axes on which ICT efforts should be focused are the deployment of resilient IT infrastructures, automation, artificial intelligence, and digital security.
The enormous variety of IT infrastructure solutions, both in the on-premise model and in the cloud, and their quality, recommend deploying hybrid and multi-cloud architectures that allow each resource to be adapted to the needs of the different workloads. In 2022, hybrid and multi-cloud environments will continue to be consolidated to improve execution, efficiency, and collaboration needs.
More and more companies are already moving to migrate more complex and mission-critical workloads to cloud offerings. An in-depth audit will help determine which ones are more pertinent to locate on-premises, in the cloud, and communicating both areas.
Issues such as the demands of teleworking and distributed business structures will be decisive in prioritizing network and access security through centralized management, advancing SD-WAN technologies towards SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) solutions, a cloud-based architecture that offers network and security services aimed at protecting users, applications and data.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) proposals, including those focused on the network (NaaS, Networking as a Service) will continue to be a growing option within the already more than accepted consumption of IT as a service.
In the wake of the successful experiences of implementing BI & Analytics solutions, artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning projects will continue to be deployed both to make decisions based on data and to automate processes. In parallel, 5G and WiFi 6 technologies will spread in companies and this will accelerate the speed of communications and the performance of IoT devices.
The IA, Machine Learning, IoT compendium is a successful alliance to offer customers personalized experiences that boost their consumption, their satisfaction, and their loyalty regarding the products and services offered by companies. The advantages of these technologies are easily applicable to improving processes related, for example, to the supply chain, in terms of order tracking, real-time status checking.
The protection of the corporate IT infrastructure will continue to be one of the main challenges for companies, mainly to secure teleworking environments, so it is essential to invest in Zero Trust security strategies, with special attention to the deployment of reliable VPNs and authentications multifactor.
Unfortunately, ransomware cyber-attacks are expected to continue not only to increase but also to increase in sophistication. More destructive ransomware is expected to live longer on its victim’s network and combine with other threats such as DDoS attacks.
In addition, the supply chain is expected to be the target of many more attacks as Linux, the platform on which many of the devices used in it run, hitherto remote from their interests, has become the target of the desire of cybercriminals. Botnet malware has already been detected for it.
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