Business technology is moving faster than ever, enabling current and emerging technology driven business applications and models. For businesses to remain secure against cybersecurity threats whilst operating as efficiently as possible, it’s crucial for them to adapt to this ever-changing landscape day-by-day, month-by-month. Andy Horn, IntraLAN CEO, provides some insight into what technology trends we could see over the next 12 months.

Cybersecurity AI

If the last 12 months have taught us anything, no business is invincible when it comes to security threats. Ransomware and malware have interrupted business on a global scale, and these threats will continue to cause disruption unless companies ramp up cyber security measures.

The pandemic continues to drive remote working and hybrid offices with a growing network of connected devices. IT teams will need to continue to both adapt and be proactive against rising security threats. The use of Cybersecurity AI provides teams with the ability to identify and respond faster than attackers whilst also constantly monitoring for threats, anticipating security breaches and identifying anomalies within the data structure. 

Vertical Cloud Models

The cloud has become integral in efficient business operations, seamlessly allowing users to access files and applications from anywhere on corporate networks. 

The cloud itself is evolving; with the growth of vertical cloud services, organisations have more scalability and access to resources on demand. SaaS providers who offer vertical cloud solutions may see an increase in demand throughout 2022 – especially those who tailor their service to users’ needs within specific vertical industries.

IT Automation

With the growth of the Internet of Things, remote working and complex security challenges, expect to see an increase in IT automation. Automation amongst IT teams can include automating repetitive or manual tasks and offering self-service options for employees. IT automation is a hidden gem that could provide IT resilience and improve customer experience by providing rapid response and availability.

Growth of the Internet of Things

Whilst IT teams have become adept at managing desktops, laptops, tablets and phones, over the next 12 months, we expect to see a demand increase within the physical tech stack.

What does this look like? With rapid increases in the number of smart devices available, helping businesses automate manual tasks, IT teams will need to adapt. Learning how to onboard, manage, secure and maintain emerging technologies may become commonplace in 2022.CIOs can help make this transition smoother by recruiting fresh talent and helping reskill existing team members to adapt to these changes quickly and easily.

IoT will also see further emerging technologies being brought to market, transforming traditional business models and enabling new approaches and markets to open up.

Collaboration and Communication Tools

Engaging distributed workforces has become a challenge with the continued push for remote and hybrid working. In 2022, we expect rolling changes to collaboration and communication software as Covid-19 restrictions likely yo-yo back and forth, including: 

  • Asynchronous collaboration – providing teams the ability to work on or offline in their own time. 

  • Cloud-based communication – grants the opportunity not only to engage workforces with software providing digital brainstorming and simplifies and centralises communication with on-site and remote staff.

  • Virtual and augmented reality – no longer just for sci-fi movies, VR and AR products are now on the marketing providing fully immersive experiences for teams. As this technology evolves, it could take team meetings to an entirely new level. 

  • Businesses will need to re evaluate the current security policies and align these with the hybrid working

How does your team use communication? IntraLAN is the ideal partner for enterprise-level IT and technology and critical network provision. Contact our team to find out more.