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Upcoming Changes To The Technology Industry Expected In The 2020s

In the coming years, cloud adoption rates will continue to increase as businesses begin recognizing the benefits of hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Companies won’t be able to afford not to embrace new technology and systems. If you need information on structure borne noise please see here.

For the majority of businesses, hybrid-cloud setups are one of the stepping stones to a complete digital transformation of company systems. Many factors, including reliance on systems from legal bodies and needing to comply with various corporate regulations, mean many companies choose to use both private and public clouds. Gartner had expected that nine out of every ten firms would have adopted a hybrid approach to cloud infrastructure management by 2020.

Some companies are now going beyond hybrid cloud systems and embracing multi-cloud solutions that combine services from multiple cloud service providers. A 2019 Kentik report revealed that nearly 60% of organisations are already using multi-cloud setups that combine services from Google, AWS and Microsoft Azure. A multi-cloud approach provides businesses with the opportunity to assess the strengths and drawbacks of different vendors prior to committing to lengthy service contracts.

That said, many companies still have reservations around public clouds, which explains why the popularity of hybrid-clouds increased over the past half-decade. According to a recent FileCloud report, 50% of businesses have no plans to transfer mission-critical workloads to public cloud systems. Enterprise anti-virus solutions provider Symantec also says that over half of businesses have security fears over the use of public clouds for sensitive data workloads.

But, vendors can take advantage of some unique opportunities giving the increasing concerns surrounding cloud security measures. In many cases, cloud providers are able to offer enterprise-level and military-grade security features that few businesses would ever be able to achieve with in-house systems. Security remains one of the main factors driving hybrid-cloud adoption. Cloud-based security solutions are increasing in prevalence and providers are beginning to see increasing uptake from organizations in several industries, including the financial services industry and governmental bodies.

In an article last year, we highlighted how cloud-based solutions have advanced the AI capabilities of many systems. Increasing numbers of organisations, including Auricl, are recognizing the importance of AI for innovation and their continued growth. “The Global State of AI in the Enterprise 2nd Edition” is a survey by Deloitte that found early adopters of artificial intelligence view the technology as either “very important” or “critical” to their company’s continued success. It’s expected that the number of CEOs that view AI as “critically important” will increase on a global scale in the next 24 months.

Our survey showed that the benefits of AI in the previous years were mainly centred around “optimizing internal business operations” and “enhancing services and products”. In the coming 12 months, enterprises are forecast to start using AI systems in product development and testing as well as to personalise services, provide connected equipment, and manage customer interactions. Customers can expect to have more personalized, immersive interactions with AI-powered assistants for day-to-day interactions with brands.

Edge-computing is getting ready to see major growth in the coming decade thanks to an influx of IoT (Internet of Things) devices in the market and dramatic advances in both AI-driven technology and portable computing power. According to reports from Gartner, in 2019 only 10% of the data companies generated was outside of data centres or cloud-based systems. That figure is set to reach over 75% in the next 6 years. Over the next 3 years, the IDC is predicting that company generated data will be analysed, stored, processed and used close to, or at, the very “edge of networks”. The change will happen as a result of the widescale adoption of IoT applications in multiple industries, including energy, manufacturing, retail, logistics, medical, education, food service, and banking.