For CIOs to survive in today’s ever-evolving IT landscape, they should always try to keep up with the latest trends, especially the emerging tech ones.
Keeping up with the latest trends has always been crucial for IT leaders. However, the uncertainty in the enterprise industry, along with the acceleration of digital transformation initiatives, has raised the stakes, making it imperative to keep the latest technology trends. Yet, even with all the advanced technologies and research happening, IT leaders admit that they are finding it difficult to predict technologies for the post-pandemic future.
In fact, as per a study conducted by IEEE, titled, “The Impact of Technology in 2022 and Beyond: an IEEE Global Study” over two-thirds of IT leaders stated that identifying what technologies are required for their organizations in the post-pandemic environment will be challenging.
In the midst of this, there are multiple emerging technologies that are competing for CIOs’ attention who are focused on enabling their businesses for the future. For these to become a priority of CIOs, emerging technologies should allow CIOs to address a problem to improve effectiveness and efficiency while providing a competitive advantage.
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Here are five technology trends that CIOs should focus on to drive successful transformation:
Tools for a hybrid setup
The impact of COVID-19 still persists, leaving organizations with no choice but to continue operating in remote or hybrid environments. As such, 2022 will witness the emergence of new and better tools for such a mixed working model.
As per the IEEE survey, around 97% of the respondents stated that their team is collaborating more closely with human resources to implement workplace technologies and apps for office check-in, space usage data and analytics, employee productivity, mental health, and much more.
Streamline cloud technologies
As organizations shift their workloads to the cloud platforms, technologies that enable portability, such as container orchestration and cloud workload management, will be on CIOs’ radar.
Moving ahead, IT leaders will seek cloud-native technologies as well as platforms to capitalize on the core capabilities of the cloud for greater innovation at speed and scale.
Cloud control planes
Accelerated cloud adoption, along with the distributed workforce and business, left many vulnerabilities for organizations to deal with. This has forced CIOs to rethink how they protect their organizations in today’s new normal.
In 2022 and beyond, CIOs will have to embrace the concept of “internet as a network”. They should try to put a control plane in the infrastructure that allows IT to provide role-based access to applications. This will drastically reduce the traditional enterprise network as well as the threats associated with providing access to the network. Acting as an air traffic control for application, a control plane provides management and orchestration across the cloud deployment of an organization.
Adoption of smart space technologies
With the evolution of private 5G, CIOs will increasingly adopt it to revamp their industrial operations. This will need investment in the latest infrastructure as well as engineering solutions. This will be augmented by smart space technologies that will help to create intelligent physical environments.
In fact, IEEE found that over 82% of the respondents admit that implementing smart building technology that will provide benefits such as sustainability, decarbonization, and energy has become a top priority for them.