In the modern business world, technology is always evolving. And for businesses looking to get a leg up on the competition, this never-ending evolution offers an opportunity — for those who act quickly — to get ahead of the curve.
As we move into 2022, here are four trends in business technology that appear likely to make waves in the new year and beyond:
- Remote videoconferencing remains relevant: As the pandemic forced enterprises everywhere to rethink the way they conduct business, the popularity of telecommuting and videoconferencing And moving forward, this new normal does not appear to be going anywhere. In an array of industries and for companies large and small, videoconferencing will continue to be a common way to collaborate with colleagues, no matter where they get the job done. Forward-thinking businesses will be prepared for this evolution by having the infrastructure needed to support it in place, including high-speed internet connections, the latest videoconferencing software solutions and leading-edge audio and video equipment for increased clarity and comprehension during group meetings.
- Cloud-native platforms’ popularity continues to rise: As more workplaces go hybrid and workforces become less centralized as a result, the popularity of cloud-native platforms will continue to rise. These “in the cloud” applications and services allow employees to access needed files and get work done from wherever they might be. And for businesses, they offer easy scalability and reduced costs, each because of a greatly reduced need to invest in hardware and software when cloud computing and its many benefits are leveraged.
- Cybersecurity continues evolving: As the number of cyberattacks continue to increase each year and growing numbers of businesses are targeted, cybersecurity measures are always evolving to counter these often-malicious attempts to gain sensitive information. And as the remote work trend sees more employees accessing company infrastructure from outside the traditional office with many even using personal devices rather than company-issued ones, the cybersecurity mesh is gaining steam. This new approach to network protection offers businesses more digital-security scalability by independently securing each network-connected device with its own perimeter rather than attempting to place a single perimeter around an entire IT environment.
- Supply chain issues linger: Largely the result of disruptions caused by the pandemic paired with an uptick in consumer demand as economies recover, global supply chain issues are likely to linger well into 2022. For many businesses, this could create significant challenges in securing the technological tools such as computers and other tech devices needed to get their work done efficiently and effectively. Especially for growing businesses likely to be impacted, it will be important to anticipate these needs as far in advance as possible, order early and find a supplier that can help source any essential devices as quickly as possible.
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