- There are thousands of stories of invention, innovation, and discovery playing out across the technology industry at this exact moment.
- They are real but largely unseen until an event – a data breach, a cloud outage – brings them to our attention.
- The digital economy is the new tech green space.
Nearly 8 out of every ten companies have experienced at least one cloud data breach. The transition to net-zero will be as disruptive as the industrial revolution. Businesses need to separate the trends from the hype to capture competitive value. That’s what drives my annual ritual of making tech predictions for our next orbit around the sun.
Future-Proof Security Innovations
In the billion-dollar race to protect, detect, and respond to an expanding attack surface, we will see risk management melding with business innovation capabilities. Compromised credentials, misconfigurations, and malicious and inadvertent misuse of resources have been at the center of security discussions. We see the conversation broadening to applications and their dependencies, as well as shadow IT which goes far beyond mismanaged devices. Exposure for businesses could exponentially increase due to unvetted development projects and as organizations innovate to meet the demand for always-on, digital access to products and services.
- Quantum Cryptography: Transmitting keys poses a fundamental risk to security, as keys can be harvested and decrypted later. While Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC) is a potential stop-gap solution, it’s unclear if PQC schemes could be broken in the future. Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) is poised to be particularly impactful because it avoids distribution of the keys over an insecure channel.
Actionable Business Insights
The digital experience of customers and end users is now a primary driver of business success, and “experience” will emerge as a key new KPI in the months ahead. This will change the playing field dramatically. To survive and thrive, companies need to be able to tie data insights derived from normal IT operations directly to business outcomes or risk being overtaken by more innovative competitors.
- Traces and OpenTelemetry: In the year ahead, there will be a significant shift toward the open-source ability to grab information from multiple domains that were previously siloed and then develop modern applications that rely on distributed tracing embedded in the actual experience.
- Edge Native Application Development Frameworks: As edge devices become smarter, and process, manage, and drive insights closer to the user, there is growing need for edge-native application ecosystems.
New Phase of Digital Transformation
Resilient and agile supply chains can be a weak link or great competitive advantage. Predictive technologies move us away from using isolated data analysis to real-time decision making. Multicloud models are designed to be elastic and scalable to complex regulatory and service-level requirements. Smart connectivity and networks are at the center of it all. They’re not just about optimizing resources – they can potentially help organizations anticipate and respond to global trade issues, workforce changes, and other unexpected events.
- IoT/Supply Chain Resiliency: Enterprises and logistics providers will increasingly utilize IoT to bring greater visibility into their supply chains in 2023. IoT and other technologies will not only play a larger role in bringing better resiliency and efficiency into supply chains but can also help to improve IT/OT network management.
- Predictive Networks: In the year ahead, the network will become more experience-centric with increasing capabilities to predict end user experience issues and provide problem-solving options.
Organizations are expected to put their good intentions into action – being purpose-driven is now a corporate requirement. Trust in our institutions and in companies has been tested over the last few years. While there have arguably been benefactors of the collapse of trust, the new scope of innovation is bending fast toward public good – with responsibility, sustainability, equity and inclusion as guiding themes.
- Hybrid Work Equity and Inclusion: Fostering a culture of accessibility-first thinking and embedding universal design principles with assistive technologies will emerge in 2023 as defining principles for development of collaboration products and features.
- Responsible AI: In 2023, the ability of rogue individuals and organizations to use artificial intelligence for unethical or socially destructive objectives will continue to grow.
As we look to the year ahead, we see a transformation in how applications, connectivity, and security are delivered and consumed.
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