After the huge disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are now looking to get back on course and most importantly, build for the future.
The past year has forced companies to take on a new way of working and the adoption of digital technologies has taken a quantum leap, transforming the way we do business forever. Consumers have moved dramatically towards online channels, and companies have responded in turn.
Companies now understand that to stay competitive in this new digital environment requires a strong technology strategy. Technology is now a critical component of business, not just a source of cost efficiencies.
At Matrix IT, we believe that 2022 represents an opportunity to build a better future through strategic technology solutions. To help you navigate your way through the latest technology trends, we have listed our top 5 recommendations and what we believe are the most important aspects for you to focus on in 2022.
Top 5 technology trends for 2022
Businesses require a well-designed, resilient and efficient IT foundation at its core. Without it, there is no way to provide the flexibility that all businesses need today. Thankfully many businesses are finding ways to adapt and even thrive, which results in growth. A strong IT platform allows for businesses to continue to grow and scale while being cost-efficient. Our 5 top trends will form the cornerstone of the technology in your business, helping you to adapt, scale and grow.
Flexibility, collaboration, and geo-diversity
Providing a digital employee experience that is flexible and collaborative enables productive, diverse and inclusive talent.
Many employees now prefer the flexibility to choose whether to work in the office or remotely. Businesses must now adapt to a hybrid working environment and facilitate collaboration between employees working at the office and virtually from remote locations. A flexible workforce also brings new opportunities to hire a talented, engaged and diverse workforce.
Data Fabric – The integration of siloed data.
The value of data is paramount now more than ever. However, data often remains siloed within applications, unable to be utilised effectively.
Businesses will now look for modern platforms and approaches, such as data fabrics to bring composable and siloed data together. Data fabric integrates data across multiple platforms and users making data available anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Once integrated and analytics applied the data can provide real value by making recommendations on how to adapt and grow your business.
Cybersecurity needs to cast a wider net
Technology has rapidly accelerated over the past year. It has been incredible to see the speed with which organisations have met the challenge of moving a workforce from the office to home. The introduction of sustained remote working has introduced flexibility. It has provided opportunities for many to work differently and strike a different work-life balance. It has also provided huge opportunities for cybercriminals, taking advantage of geographically diverse workforces and increasing the risk of cyber threats.
Remote teams working collaboratively have the potential to transform your business. However, with millions of employees working from home businesses need to ensure that the security covers remote workers too. Comprehensive endpoint protection, secure communication channels and validated security certifications such as Cyber Essentials Plus give you the resiliency and reassurance that you need to protect your business against cybercriminals. This is critical now more than ever due to the increase in ransomware attacks.
If you have not done this already now is the time to start taking legacy workloads and placing them in the cloud. This is often a challenge for legacy applications, especially as legacy applications were not typically designed to sit in the cloud. This can be a challenge for IT departments. However, businesses demand flexibility and the ability to deliver a service that is no longer geographically dependant is more important now than ever.
The large hosting providers such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Google know this and the rapid development of their services over the past 18 months have provided opportunities for IT departments to evolve the IT delivery.
Cloud platforms are designed to provide complete flexibility, scalability and reduce dependencies on office space and on-premises IT platforms, saving you time and money.
Automate, automate, automate
Automating business processes and accessing new services through platform integration can accelerate innovation in your business. The ability to automate routine tasks provides efficiency, reduces the opportunity for human error and provides your staff with time to focus on the tasks that provide more value to the business.
The explosion of cloud services over the last decade has opened a path to access rich business information through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). What’s more, you are no longer limited to assessing business information for a single business application. Through APIs it is possible to retrieve information from many systems, cross-referencing information to provide enhanced business intelligence.
APIs can play a significant role in every business’s digital strategy, from transforming back-office processes to creating revenue as part of a platform.
If you would like to build a strong technology strategy to help your business adapt, scale and grow call us on 01329 888 444 or click here to contact us for more information about our IT services.