The ongoing pandemic has accelerated the adoption of technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, and 5G which are now set to be the most important technologies in 2022.
According to a recent study led by IEEE, a technical professional organisation, surveying 350 chief technology officers, chief information officers and IT directors in India, the US, China, UK and Brazil, we discovered some of the most important technologies in 2022. That and the industries most impacted by technology in the year ahead, and technology trends through the next decade. You can find the survey under the title – ‘The Impact of Technology in 2022 and Beyond’.
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Among the total respondents from the survey, 21% said Al and machine learning, 20% said cloud computing and 17% said 5G will be the most important technologies next year. Owing to the pandemic’s affects, technology leaders in 2021 also said that it accelerated the adoption of cloud computing by nearly 60%! Similarly, AI and ML contributed 51% and 5G technology 46%, among other technologies. In fact 95% of people from the survey agreed that AI will drive the majority of innovations across nearly every industry sector in the upcoming 5 years.
Further, tech leaders added that 5G will most benefit telemedicine, including remote surgery and health record transmissions (24%), remote learning and education (20%), personal and professional day-to-day communications (15%), entertainment, sports and live event streaming (14%), among others. And as a result of the shift to hybrid work and the pandemic, more than half (51%) of technology leaders believed that the number of devices connected to their businesses that they need to track and manage such as smartphones, tablets, sensors, robots, vehicles, drones, etc, increased as much as 1.5 times, while for 42% of those surveyed the number of devices increased in excess of 1.5 times! That said, it is also clear now that cybersecurity concerns are issues related to the mobile and hybrid workforce which includes employees using their own devices (39%) and cloud vulnerabilities (35%).
Conclusion: On comparing to a year ago, the vast majority of those surveyed (precisely 92%) believe that their companies are now better prepared to respond to potentially catastrophic interruptions like data breach or natural disasters. Of that majority, 65% strongly agree that Covid-19 accelerated their preparedness.
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