10 Technology Predictions for 2022

Webapper’s crystal ball is out, and we’re looking at what we see for the coming year. Our industry learned many lessons in 2021, and that drives our strategies for next year. Here are 10 technology predictions for 2022.

Cloud Computing Will Accelerate

Cloud computing infrastructure is the backbone for delivery pipeline of nearly every digital service. The cloud computing market is expected to dramatically grow in the coming years, becoming more entrenched and running even more computing workloads. The global market exceeded a quarter of a trillion dollars in 2021 and is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 18%. Especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, the disruption of traditional work environments, and migration of operations from on-premises solutions to the cloud, cloud computing growth will accelerate in 2022. Gartner predicts that 40% of all enterprise workloads will be deployed in cloud infrastructure and platform services by 2023, up from 20% in 2020.

Serverless Computing Will Become More Common

A growing number of organizations are turning to microservices, containers and serverless computing to deliver faster, simpler, and more cost-effective applications and services. Industry reports predicted the market size of serverless computing ito reach almost $8 billion in 2021. Ther serverless computing industry is expecting annual growth of over 23% over the next five years.

Machine Learning Is Not a Fad

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have progressed from niche use to essential integration in business operations. Machine learning increasingly pervades our lives: search results, recommended products (or shows or songs!), or forecasting economic or climate trends. In 2020, the AI software market surpassed $60 billion. Forecasters predict exponential growth, hitting almost a trillion dollars by 2028.

Organizations Will Add Redundancy

Multi-cloud infrastructures will become mainstream. As we wrote recently, the AWS outage will have a ripple effect. Since we solve for such problems after they happen, we’re seeing a great deal of attention to multi-cloud solutions. Such redundancy alleviates the single point of failure of a single cloud vendor. Gartner predicts that by 2025, over 90% of enterprises will have a multi-cloud infrastructure and platform strategy. The biggest challenge, however, is the skills gap. It’s far easier to have a team that knows one cloud platform well than to have a team that understands 2 or 3 platforms at the same level.

Cybersecurity Will Evolve

The spike of ransomware attacks and data breaches in 2021 reflects our vulnerabilities in cybersecurity. We expect a growing sense of urgency about staying on top of the battle against cyberattacks. We need a three-level approach: enhance software supply chain security, protect the edge from the core, and educate users on ways to protect themselves and their infrastructure.

Hybrid Cloud Is Here To Stay

Hybrid solutions are not about compromising approaches — they are about combining their strengths. More organizations will realize the advantages of hybrid models.

No-Code and Low-Code Will Enhance Teams

No-code and low-code tools have gained growing acceptance with the organizational disuptions of the past couple of years. They provide a method of programming that does not involve writing code but works with graphical user interfaces instead. No-code has helped organizations automate workflows, decentralized teams, and increased productivity. As teams drown in data, new and enhanced tools will help teams wrangle the data, develop agile workflows, and deliver greater insights.

Automation Will Extend Further

The pandemic forced enterprises to adopt more sophisticated automation programs to adjust priorities using real-time analytics. The adoption will weave deeper into the fabric of organizations based on lessons learned, from marketing to sales to product development to customer service.

Remote Work Will Stick Around

The numbers are growing: 16% of companies in the world are 100% remote, and 85% of managers say that having teams with remote workers will become the new norm. As we enter the third calendar year of COVID-19, remote work is not only entrenched but expanding. Workers largely prefer the added freedom, and companies have learned how to manage remote work better. Desktop as a Service will expand to support IT and remote teams — Gartner forecasted that the number of DaaS users will grow by 150% between 2020 and 2023.

Privacy Policies Will Require Revision

Facebook has been running a television campaign about the ‘creep’ factor they created around user data. Public concern regarding control over access/amount of personal information has reached a new apex, and changes are afoot (the Facebook commercial suggests that legislation is required to make it fair). Marketers have already been gearing up for changes in Google and Facebook data collection, and that will become a critical task in 2022.

Our Technology Predictions

As we look ahead, we see how many things will change based on events of the past two years. We’re confident that at the end of 2022, our technology predictions will bear out — they’re coming to life all around us. We hope these ideas help drive your organization’s strategies next year. What do you see happening? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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