Technology Trends 2022
Here’s a round up of some expected business technology trends for the coming year because we believe it is important to know what skills and products your business should be looking out for and also just for the fact that gadgets are cool!
It appears a lot of technology is going to be driven by the rise in hybrid/work from home and sustainability.
As we continue to see a shift into workplaces away from a traditional office we can expect to see more use of portable computers such as smart monitors (PC’s that don’t need a pc unit to run) and 2 in 1 laptops that can be both a computer and a tablet. Remote working will also encourage advances in software that will be able to analyse training needs for new members of staff and then provide guidance videos and product walkthroughs. It should also encourage advances in webcam quality and other connecting software.
The need for sustainability will see a move towards repair and reuse of devices as well as new ones being made of more recycled materials. It will also mean more of a focus on how we can transform the ever increasing data centres and the CO2 emissions they create which includes “green power, water reclamation, zero water cooling systems, recycling and waste management, and more”.
VR and AR
VR and AR, as we have been observing, has been trending for a while and will continue to do so as it becomes more available and integrated into our lives. Areas of particular growth are expected with AR in online shopping especially virtual fashion. VR is no longer just used in entertainment and is proving useful for researchers and in medical professions.
On the VR/AR gadget front Apple are allegedly launching a VR/AR headset this year and HTC VIVE Flow VR glasses are now available which can stream digital content, be used for some gaming and even mindfulness meditations.
AI (Artificial Intelligence)
AI will increase in use in marketing with the analysis of customer behaviour in real time allowing for the creation of ever more personalised campaigns. It could also see a rise in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) which is the use of software to automate business processes such as replying to emails and processing transactions. These types of systems are becoming more popular as they provide cheaper and improved customer service.
AI will also assist in language translation and in the fight against cyber attacks by being able to identify new threats and create alerts once detected.