Distributed companies, which were born mainly from the need to telecommute due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will be the predominant organizational model in 2022. Telecommuting has ceased to be a passing situation to become a definitive model and organizations must adapt to gain flexibility and resilience by reinventing the traditional channels that until now supported the business.
This situation, according to experts from Altia’s different business areas, will dictate the technological trends that will emerge this year. Specifically, for the Spanish technology consultancy, these are the technologies that will allow companies to remain or become successful distributed companies:
Cyber AI solutions, intelligent cybersecurity
In recent months, we have witnessed the sophistication of computer attacks on companies, public administrations and governments that have caused countless economic and image damage. By 2022, an increase and an increase in the sophistication of these cyberattacks is expected, so, in addition to talking about modular and distributed cybersecurity, it will be essential to have Cyber AI solutions that allow the detection and neutralization of increasingly sophisticated cyberthreats.
Intelligent cybersecurity will set the standard and mark the next steps, combining what has been learned from DevOps and AI to turn them into automatic and intelligent systems that are capable of fighting on the front line, without the need for technical cybersecurity professionals, which is not a scalable process.
AI advances towards Generative and Responsible Intelligence
In recent years, the great impact that AI combined with Big Data has on business processes has been demonstrated and how they are the basis of important digital transformation processes in all areas. In 2022, not only will there be talk of the possibilities it offers when collecting data, analyzing it in seconds and interpreting it, but it will also move to Artificial Intelligence that will allow it to be used to learn and improve.
It will evolve towards a generative intelligence that will allow the execution of autonomous processes that self-manage, learn and adapt themselves to possible changes. In another order, progress will be made at the regulatory level with new regulations that will force companies to adopt responsible artificial intelligence practices and there will be an increase in the need to explain the reason why some decisions are made based on data or AI, with the aim of minimizing the “risks” of the algorithms.
Cloud native is the opportunity
Increasingly distributed businesses will require resources to be accessible anytime, anywhere. In 2022, the Cloud will continue to be a growing trend and certain drivers are observed to enhance this technology for this year in which organizations will move to hybrid and multi-cloud environments.
The cloud-native will be the opportunity and cloud-native applications will be the key in the development of new applications and services in the coming years, because they will take advantage of all the flexibility and elasticity that the cloud provides for business needs that require a delivery fast and flexible value.
The speed that is being demanded in the ICT context requires solutions that allow developments to be made available in a short space of time, one of the greatest qualities of Low-Code. For this reason, the commitment to Low-Code platforms will be significantly increased, which favor the saving of development resources, at the same time that they allow improving the quality of the code and increasing the scalability and flexibility of the products generated.
The demand for the digitization of business processes will continue to skyrocket in 2022 and will be exacerbated by the scarcity of IT resources. Low-code solutions are a solution that mitigate the difficulties derived from the lack of IT experts and reduce time-to-market.
Automation of processes linked to the business
Substantially implemented digitization processes in recent years in most organizations, the next step is the automation of many of these processes, using robots (RPA) for them. Cost savings, reduction of inefficiencies and errors and economies of scale in this field have a long way to go. The applications and use cases require a joint IT-Business strategy that must go beyond the traditional IT project to have the desired success.
The power remains with the data
In 2022, data will continue to play a relevant role in all organizations with the possibilities of managing and interpreting it provided by tools such as Big Data, Data Analytics and predictive and prescriptive Analytics. Process Mining or Process Mining will allow us to go from locating the data to finding the reality of the processes in organizations, finding the root causes of inefficiencies.
And personalization will be taken to the extreme with the acceleration of platforms and tools to collect, monitor and analyze data to generate predictive models. In this way, we will see that trends such as the digital twin are consolidated to reduce (as far as possible) the environment of uncertainty in the distribution and supply of all types of raw materials or the early detection of symptoms for telemedicine, diagnosis and treatments. (preventive) personalized.
Quality Management, key area
The new methodological paradigm of agility must be accompanied by an efficiency in the value delivery of the technical processes dependent on development: software testing and integration. Quality Management must be a key area in organizations, speeding up the delivery of value that the methodology preaches, making time to market more efficient, optimizing the resources used in the testing phase and automating the delivery of software to production environments. All this, with an increase in the quality of the software that reaches the end user and an increase in ROI.
Along with these major trends, others such as the consolidation of the blockchain, containerization or the generation of services in containers between companies, multilateral systems or hyperconnectivity will accompany the technological and business world in 2022.