Between the remote and hybrid working models required for a pandemic work environment to emerging technologies required and requested for today’s fast-paced world to an increase in cyberattacks and security breaches, trends in the IT industry have changed substantially to support the changes required to keep up with recent events over the past couple of years.
And with current events, like inflation, a continuation of hybrid working models, supply chain issues, and a very competitive tech labor market, the need continues for IT professionals to keep up with and remain ahead of potential challenges faced by businesses within and outside of the IT world.
So what lies ahead? Here are some IT industry trends to watch out for in 2023, many of which are highlighted in Info-Tech Research Group’s 2023 Tech Trends report.
The demand for tech talent continues across the board, with tech job postings increasing 45% between January and June of 2022 and up 52% compared to the same timeframe in 2021. As organizations continue to expand their technologies, lock down on cybersecurity, implement new working models, and more, they need the staff to support it.
It’s going to be vital for businesses to remain competitive and up to date with the IT industry trend by offering what candidates are seeking in today’s market, which is job flexibility, sufficient time off, the possibility of remote work, and solid benefits. Candidates seeking opportunities know they’re in demand and aren’t afraid to speak up for what they want.
The Metaverse is one of the high-tech industry trends we’ve heard a lot of talk about. It’s a catch-all term frequently used to define the “next level” internet opportunities of the future. Applying immersive technology like VR and 3D setups that allow consumers to interact with brands is what online and offline retailers are and will continue to seek IT support for. Businesses will continue to turn to IT to support the user experience in a myriad of ways.
Though organizations continue to invest in digitizing tasks and processes, many have already moved through the initial rush of pushing to digitize processes and are now in the stage of finding ways to sustain what’s in place.
Now appreciating that it’s an evolutionary process without a definitive end point, businesses understand that participating in the IT industry trend of digitizing is essential and will continue to evolve and shift. However, many are ready to sustain momentum with where they’re at currently.
Over the past year, 70% of respondents indicated they digitized somewhere between 0% and 20% of their processes, which is down from last year’s report, where 80% indicated they’d digitized 20% of their processes in the previous year. Businesses will need to be presented with new tools from IT to sustain.
An anticipated IT industry trend is that public companies will have to report on their carbon emissions by financial regulators in areas like the US, EU, UK, and Canada. Many organizations, though, are not prepared to do so. Under 25% of IT professionals indicate that their organizations can accurately report the impact of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives. Additionally, 43% indicated their reporting wasn’t accurate.
When it comes to carbon footprints, reporting fell even shorter, with 46% indicating they couldn’t accurately report in this area. To be compliant, IT will need to improve in this area.
Zero Trust is a security framework that requires all users, internal and external, to the organization's network to be authorized, authenticated, and continuously validated for security configuration and posture before being given access and maintaining access to data and applications.
With the spike in cyber attacks and security breaches over the past couple of years, organizations are considering a zero-trust network to defend against threats.
A little more than 50% of the respondents in Info-Tech’s report indicated that a cybersecurity incident in 2023 would disrupt business, with 40% indicating that new government-enacted security regulations are very likely or likely to disrupt their business.
The IT trend for big data has been a talking point throughout the 21 century, with improved data collection and analytics services abounding. Data lake and data fabric are seeing a 5% spike in organizations seeking to invest in 2023. Of those seeking to invest, 41% plan to build their data analysis in-house, and 28% plan to build and buy tools for analysis.
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