Cloud computing infrastructure is the backbone of the delivery pipeline of just about every digital service, from social media and streaming entertainment to connected cars and autonomous internet of things (IoT) infrastructures. New or upcoming ultra-fast networks like 5G and Wi-Fi 6E don’t just mean more data will be streamed from the cloud; they mean new types of data can be streamed. We see this with the explosion in the availability of cloud gaming platforms such as Google’s Stadia and Amazon Luna, which will see increasing levels of investment over the course of 2022. We will also see the arrival of cloud virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) which should lead to smaller and cheaper headsets. Cloud technology essentially makes every other technology lighter, faster, and more accessible from a customer point of view, and this fact will be a key driver in the migration of more services to cloud platforms (Forbes, 2021).
When it comes to the future, no one can say with 100% certainty what path the future of tech will take, but IT experts in the field offer useful insights and predictions into some of the most influential possibilities. I have summarized some of these insights and predictions for you in this blog.
First there is the cloud business edge computing field. This field is one aspect to keep an eye on. For instance, As the quantity of data organizations is dealing with continues to increase, they have realized the shortcomings of cloud computing in some situations. Edge computing is designed to help solve some of those problems to bypass the latency caused by cloud computing and getting data to a data center for processing.
Secondly, there is the field of quantum computing. Quantum computing uses the properties of quantum physics to perform calculations and simulations that would not be possible on a traditional machine. Quantum computing is not just a research experiment anymore and instead now a tool that’s changing the face of several industries including medicine biology and climate change. Big names like Microsoft, Google, IBM, and Intel are in their race to build quantum computing tools.
The next technology trend that follows the IoT is 5G. Where 3G and 4G technologies have enabled us to browse the internet, use data driven services, increased bandwidths for streaming on Spotify or YouTube and so much more, 5G services are expected to revolutionize our lives.
Thirdly there is cybersecurity. Even though cyber security might not seem like an emerging technology, given that it has been around for a while, it is continuously evolving just as other technologies are. That’s in part because there are constantly new threats coming up. For instance, hackers who are trying to illegally access data are not going to give up any time soon, and they will continue to find ways to get through even the toughest security measures. It’s also in part because new technology is being adapted to enhance security. As long as we have hackers, cybersecurity will remain a trending technology because it will constantly evolve to defend against those hackers.
As proof of the strong need for cybersecurity professionals, the number of cybersecurity jobs is growing three times faster than other tech jobs. According to Gartner, by 2025, 60% of organizations will use cybersecurity risk as a primary determinant in conducting third-party transactions and business engagements (Duggal, 2021).
These are only a few examples. However, I am excited to hear your thoughts on the matter. What do you think will develop, grow or become popular in 2022? Let us know in the comments or if you prefer to discuss it privately, send me a message.