IT Changes to Anticipate in 2022

Undoubtedly 2021 was an uneventful year for the tech industry. The impact of the coronavirus introduced myriads of unexpected challenges into the IT environment. Specifically, the shift to the remote working model triggered an unprecedented demand for fast-evolving technologies. It also introduced several vulnerabilities into the IT environment, which hackers exploited with much enthusiasm. However, the organizations that were not wiped out by the past years’ challenges became stronger, thanks primarily to technological innovations.

As we enter into the New Year 2022, experts warn some of the challenges experienced in 2021 will still impact organizations several months into the New Year. However, it is not all gloom and doom in 2022; there will be several IT-related opportunities for organizations to exploit and improve their operations. This blog looks at the key factors that will shape the technology world in 2022.

Chip Shortage

Millions of IT products rely on computer chips, also known as semiconductors. Today, there is an acute shortage of chips. The shortage, which was triggered by the supply chain disruption caused by COVID-19, has forced many popular IT products to be in short supply. According to a study done by Forrester, the ongoing semiconductor shortage is likely to extend to 2023. This means businesses and consumers using IT products are likely to continue to see price instability and availability issues. This problem is more likely to affect the IoT market more since most IoT device manufacturing processes need a high supply of semiconductors to produce high-end CPUs and GPUs. In a nutshell, sensors and microcontrollers needed to make a range of IoT devices are likely to encounter increased supply chain issues in the New Year.

Increased Cyberattacks 

In 2021, cybercriminals leveraged vulnerabilities introduced by the pandemic to carry out some of the most sophisticated attacks the industry has ever seen. In 2022, experts warn cybercriminals will also find new opportunities to attack with the level of sophistication and scale of the attacks continuing to break records. Forrester predicts large-scale DDoS attacks thanks to a range of IoT vulnerabilities.

Specifically, Forrester warns of a massive DDoS attack powered by an IoT botnet that will impact several communications infrastructures. In the recent past, the scale of IoT botnet attacks has been growing, with reports revealing a 17 million requests-per-second attack was mitigated last summer. Experts expect IoT botnet will now reach the 30 million requests-per-second range in 2022. Organizations leveraging IoT devices need to implement better security measures into their IoT environment.

Adoption of the Satellite Over 5G

Forrester also predicts satellite links will likely supplant 5G’s dominance as the next generation connectivity of choice. The typical challenges that 5G presents, including protracted deployment and costly infrastructure, have left the door open for a better alternative such as WAN technologies. The report shows low orbiting internet services such as the Starlink offers better performance than 5G, especially in the rural areas. Additionally, more wired network providers have entered into the satellite internet market to offer backup services even in situations where they don’t offer wireless connectivity.

Cybersecurity Mesh

The increasing cyberattack incidents only confirm that the current standards of cybersecurity measures are prone to myriads of pitfalls and vulnerabilities. This situation is expected to get worse in the coming days as more and more people use their own devices to access critical company infrastructures. In 2022, we expect more organizations to integrate Cybersecurity Mesh as a holistic method to address myriads of security pitfalls associated with end-users and devices located outside the provided company network walls. Cybersecurity Mesh leverages a distributed network instead of defining a perimeter depending on a network’s reach. The new technique offers an effective solution for the many limitations of traditional security measures that organizations with a large-scale remote workforce often utilize.

More Smart Work from Home Technologies

Before the COVID-19, it was hard to imagine how organizations could innovate in a dispersed work environment. However, 2020 proved many naysayers wrong as businesses quickly looked for viable means to adjust. Many Tech companies developed sustainable and large-scale technologies that support work from home environments. Some of the excellent examples of such work from home solutions include ProofHub, ClickUp, Zoom, Trello, Microsoft Teams, and Slack. In 2022, we expect better and smarter work from home technologies that provide businesses with the resilience they need when faced with disasters. We also expect the existing solutions to add some enhancements that improve the user experience.

Cryptocurrency and Bitcoins

By now, you are probably aware of how blockchain and how cryptocurrency is revolutionizing many industries worldwide. Several sectors, including banking, healthcare, and governance, are turning to decentralized digital ledgers to track transactions and eliminate forgery. Cryptos such as bitcoins use blockchain to facilitate the buying and selling o products online. In 2022, expect cryptos to be among the major disruptive forces in critical sectors such as the finance, healthcare, and governance spaces.

The Rise of Affective AI /Emotion AI

Artificial Intelligence is already everywhere across the globe. In 2022, affective AI will likely take AI further and apply it to emotions. Affective computing is the development of devices and systems with the potential to identify, process and simulate human affection. It is one of the emerging areas where machines study non-verbal cues of humans such as facial expressions, gestures, body language, and tonal variation to detect their emotional state. In a nutshell, algorithms that can read your mood from the way you look will be commonplace in the future. Specifically, professionals in marketing will leverage effective AI to deliver an ad experience that has been personalized for each user. This technology will play a crucial role in shaping the customer journey and influencing their purchasing decisions.

Why You Should Partner with Mainstreet IT Solutions in 2022

The current pace of change and innovation in the IT landscape requires organizations to keep a close eye on top technological trends that will likely influence their business operations. In 2022, businesses, both small and large, should leverage emerging technologies to offer competitive services and address rising challenges. If you want to maximize the opportunities presented by new technologies and surmount challenges facing the industry, consider partnering with a reliable MSP specializing in your niche.

Mainstreet IT solutions have been providing world-class IT solutions for over ten years now. Whether you need strong Cybersecurity Solutions, Network Management, IT Leadership, and Day-to-Day Helpdesk and IT services, the experts at Mainstreet have you covered. We will help you make sense of the opportunities and challenges that 2022 offers, so you prepare adequately. Contact us today to learn more.

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