As usual at the end of each year, we set our sights on the new one to spot the new technological trends that will star it. The forecasts point to a 2022 in which Artificial Intelligence, the promotion of 5G and IoT will take on special relevance. But there is much more.
What will 2022 bring to the world of technology? And what will technology bring to the world in 2022? Undoubtedly, all forecasts point to a new year in which technology will continue to play a very important role, following the trend we have seen since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new emerging needs at this time of great change are leading to the adoption of new technologies experiencing one of the best moments and, according to some experts, even coming years before it is ready to go to market.
Given this rapid adoption of innovations that are within the reach of organizations and consumers, we review the technological trends that will mark 2022.
Accelerating digital transformation
The new normal for most businesses is widespread adoption of technology that wasn’t as ubiquitous to everyone as it was before 2020. People—employees, users, and customers alike—are seeing the benefits that come with it, and business owners businesses are seeing such positive results for their companies.
But this approach to digital involves much more than connecting to the cloud or the Internet. It is about being part of an entire holistic digital ecosphere, with partners, suppliers and customers, all connected and conducting online transactions. Every part of the supply chain is becoming more digitally connected, and companies will adopt more intelligent ERP systems that everyone involved can connect to.
The rise of 5G
Internet connections will continue to evolve providing greater speed. Over time, they are the fastest internet speeds. With the increasing availability of 4K content and multiple streaming platforms, a faster and more reliable network is needed to stream content without constant buffering.
The number of global 5G connections will triple to 670 million in 2021 and reach a broader market in the next 12 months. In fact, next year, the United States could have full 5G coverage throughout its territory, something that we will see in more countries in the coming years.
Ubiquity of connectivity
The “always on”, or always connected, is important for many company managers when it comes to feeling the pulse of their businesses in real time. Improvements in network speed and latency will mean that more and more people will see the benefits of being able to work from any location.
In the coming months we will see how remote or hybrid work is here to stay, even after lockdowns and security measures are lifted.
Low-code and no-code software
Automation and application creation is becoming more important for everyone, from large organizations to small businesses, and even professionals and hobbyists.
But extensive knowledge in multiple programming languages has always been a barrier.
The proliferation of ‘low code’ and ‘no code’ , software development techniques that rely on visual elements to create software, especially by people without technical knowledge, is leading to the search for code alternatives to reduce the time necessary to develop an application or software.
This will make the technology more accessible to anyone who has an idea, making it possible to design applications, not only for teams of developers, but also for a wider range of professionals who can contribute a lot.
As more people expect websites and devices to meet all their new needs, more Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being brought on board, leading to an explosion of AI-powered devices, apps, websites, and tools by 2022.
Additionally, future content recommendations on social media and streaming websites are likely to come from an AI rather than traditional data analysis. This will evolve in such a way that, in 2026, 75% of the largest global companies will use AI for risk-based operational decision-making, according to a study by IDC and Liferay.
Virtual reality for everyone
With more affordable technology, smarter Artificial Intelligence and faster Internet with 5G, Virtual Reality (VR) will be more present than ever and can be seen in areas beyond entertainment.
For example, researchers, students, and medical professionals will use it to learn more about complex topics, and remote workers to participate in virtual meetings and engage in work culture. They are just examples of how much is to come in this field.
IoT and Edge Computing, generators of great changes
According to Forrester’s ‘Predictions 2022’ report, the evolution of these two trends will go hand in hand in the future and, together, will drive big changes in IT in 2022. The demand for services related to sustainability will drive these technologies.
For example, for the measurement of CO2 levels, pollution and air quality, they will be increasingly intensive, along with IoT systems that allow companies to manage their resources more efficiently.