2021: Top Trends to Watch Out For

Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing, and Cloud-native technologies drive some of the biggest technology trends for 2021

From remote working to new rules about how people interact in public spaces, tech trends have become the driving force in managing the change. Organizations across the globe are accelerating their digital transformation initiatives at breakneck speeds in a bid to reset and survive.

As businesses hurry to develop new digital capabilities to build resilience and retool for the post-pandemic world, keeping up with fast-moving technology trends is crucial.

Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

AI is undoubtedly one of the top technology trends at the moment. It has continued to improve operations for many companies and businesses. AI, machine learning has played an unmatched role during this coronavirus period.

In 2021, AI will be widely used by businesses to analyze interactions to determine underlying connections and insights, to detect the changing patterns of customer behavior by analyzing data in real-time. This will enable them to make strategic decisions about resource utilization, drive revenues and enhance personalized experiences.

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Machine Learning is also being used in increasing number of enterprises, resulting in massive demand for skilled professionals. Forrester predicts automation, AI, and machine learning will create 9 percent of new US jobs by 2025, including data scientists, robot monitoring professionals, content curators, and automation specialists and making it another new technology trend businesses must look out for.

Quantum Computing

With the rise of digitalization, there will be a need for Quantum computing to protect IT security and Banking systems from cybercrime. With database processing as a key strength of quantum computing, technologies such as AI will be one application that will get massive benefits from the superior processing of Quantum computers.

There will be significant competition among the big IT giants to provide services in cybersecurity, climatic condition prediction, drug development, and more, with quantum computing.

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Tom DeSot, EVP & CIO, Digital Defense,

Tom DeSot, EVP & CIO, Digital Defense, “In 2021, we are likely to see advances in quantum computing that will have a strong impact on security, especially when it comes to encryption. Given that quantum computers can conduct operations in the 0 and 1 state at the same time, they will far outstrip any existing password or encryption cracking tools that exist today.”

“Additionally, we are likely to see advances in penetration testing tools that will use artificial intelligence to automate tasks that were normally reserved for human operators. These advances could greatly enhance the efficiency and speed at which penetration tests are done and lower costs for the consumer since fewer full-time employees will be required to conduct a full-blown penetration test”, he adds.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Another promising technology trend for 2021 is IoT. Businesses have much to gain from IoT, as it enables efficiency, better safety, and decision making for businesses as data is collected and analyzed. It can facilitate predictive maintenance, improve customer service, speed up medical care, and offer benefits that may have seemed impossible in the past.

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Cyber Security       

Cyber security may not seem like emerging technology, considering it has been around for a while, but it is continually evolving just as other technologies are. Cyber criminals trying to illegally access data will not stop any time soon, and they will continue to find new and innovative ways to get through even the toughest security measures. As long there are hackers, cyber security will remain a key technology trend and continuously evolve to defend against those hackers.

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John Ayers, Chief Strategy Product Officer, Nuspire

John Ayers, Chief Strategy Product Officer, Nuspire points out, “Multiple research reports say that cyber-attack traffic has increased three-fold, rising to 2.9 billion events, which will get more serious over the years. We should expect more of hardcoded passwords, non-encrypted personal data, updates of software and firmware from unverified sources, issues related to wireless communication security, and more. All of these are actual threats connected with IoT devices placed at home, public place, or enterprise.”

Cloud-Native Technologies

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the cloud had already established its value for many businesses by providing improved scalability, agility, and cost efficiencies across industries.

In 2021, however, the technology will help add a layer of resilience to many businesses by making the shift in working habits less disruptive. This has sealed the cloud’s place as an indispensable piece of enterprise tech.

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Paul Colwell, CTO at OGL Computer and CyberGuard Technologies

Paul Colwell, CTO at OGL Computer and CyberGuard Technologies, “By 2021, digital transformation will have accelerated further. We believe that cloud-based solutions will continue to replace on-premise solutions in most instances, being more suited to remote working trends. Platforms like Microsoft Azure will no longer seem reserved for the enterprise; instead, these are tools for almost any sized company.”

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Vishal Muktewar is a Senior Correspondent at On Dot Media. He reports news that focuses on the latest trends and innovations happening in the B2B industry. An IT engineer by profession, Vishal has worked at Insights Success before joining Ondot. His love for stories has driven him to take up a career in enterprise journalism. He effectively uses his knowledge of technology and flair for writing, for crafting features, articles and interactions for technology enterprise media platforms.