Blog / Six IT Trends to Watch in 2022
Now that 2021 has wrapped and we’re all done reflecting on the past year, it’s time to start looking ahead again! After all, with the rapid progress of computer technology, IT is a rapidly evolving field, so it’s important to keep on top of things lest you be left behind. We’re not saying every or even any technology on this list is right for your business (so don’t go jumping on the blockchain bandwagon right away, for example), but these are six IT trends you might want to keep an eye on throughout 2022 and beyond.
- Cyber security
- Composable applications
- Artificial Intelligence
- Internet of Things (IoT)
- Blockchain technology
- The Metaverse
If you’re not already keeping track of trends in cyber security already, 2022 is the year to start. We’re not going dwell on this subject too long though. We already have a weekly cyber security newsletter you can subscribe too dedicated to exactly this topic, so we’ll just gently remind you to keep an eye on security trends and move on to the rest.
This intriguing new trend in application development has the potential to significantly enhance productivity and improve efficiency. That’s because composable applications are built from modular code components, allowing code to be easily and repeatedly repurposed for easily customizable applications.
Despite often still being relegated to the realm of science fiction, artificial intelligence has already proven itself to be a boon for many businesses, and it’s impact along with machine learning on the IT landscape continues to grow. Going forward, SMBs should get comfortable with the technology now as it’s likely to become ubiquitous in business and strategy decisions soon.
Internet of Things (IoT)
No, we’re not talking about smart flipflops or Bluetooth toasters, but many don’t realize the IoT doesn’t end with needlessly online trinkets. The energy and manufacturing industries already use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth enabled gadgets to assist with maintenance and reporting tasks to great success. It’s just a matter of time for more business-friendly, truly useful IoT gadgets to start coming online.
Although it’s understandable why many might believe that blockchain technology is only useful for cryptocurrencies, the fact is that this clever distributed ledger technology has plenty of applications. In fact, Walmart has successfully implemented a supply-chain management application built around blockchain technology that tracks individual products all the way back to their source. With new applications for blockchains being devised and investment in the technology continuing to grow, there’s plenty of reason to keep an eye on this particular IT trend.
Another concept once mistaken for being fanciful sci-fi and now popularized by social media czar Mark Zuckerberg, the Metaverse is likely going to gain more momentum going forward. In face, early metaverses have already sprouted up around the internet. Cryptovoxels, for example, uses a cryptocurrency known as Ethereum as the backbone of a digital landscape where uses can buy up parcels of virtual “land.” They may still have a ways to go to be truly useful for general business operations, but with retailers and other consumer-facing SMBs joining the bandwagon, you might be closer to meeting with coworkers in a metaoffice sooner than you think.
Information technology is a deep and broad subject, so it’s impossible to create a truly exhaustive list of IT trends. Doubtless there are new trends developing even as you read this. Nevertheless, keeping on top of the latest IT innovations is a great way to help ensure you’re leveraging available technologies to their maximum potential. If you’d like to discuss how any of these 2022 trends are likely to impact your business, reach out to a TRINUS account manager today.