Which Are The Gartner Top Strategic IT Trends For 2022?

December 6, 2021  |  Mark Hillary

It’s that time of year again.

Down here in South America we are getting ready for summer, but up in Europe it will be getting colder, darker, and thoughts will be turning to 2022. Gartner recently published their own ideas on the top strategic trends we can expect to see next year, so let’s review some of the ones that really stand out.

The full Gartner list of strategic IT trends for 2022 details 12 areas to watch, but I’m just going to comment on five here – to focus on those I see as the most urgent. You can click here to read the complete Gartner list.

Generative AI

It is accepted that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is here to stay, but generative AI uses insight into existing data to create new data. Gartner predicts that by 2025, all data being generated will be generated by an AI. An example is automatically created software code or drug trials. Many new situations will arise where we can create an entirely new solution by building from existing data.

Distributed Enterprise

The pandemic forced many office-centric companies to become distributed. As the pandemic subsides, many organizations are exploring how to remain more flexible, with a hybrid of offices, home-working, and flexible city-centre meeting rooms. This has implications for IT infrastructure and security, but also management culture and methods. Gartner predicts that, by 2023, 75% of companies using a distributed format will being seeing revenue growth that is 25% faster than rivals.

Cloud-Native Platforms

For the past decade, cloud providers and management systems have dealt with the ‘lift and shift’ approach of many companies. They want the advantages of cloud-based technology, but they are simply relocating existing systems from in-house to the cloud. We will see this approach dying out in the near future. Gartner predicts that by 2025, 95% of all new digital initiatives will be cloud-native.

Decision Intelligence

It’s getting harder to make informed decisions when surrounded by a sea of constantly changing data. Decision intelligence and analytical systems that can make sense of real-time data and help executives to predict how their business needs to manage different situations will become essential. Gartner predicts that, inside the next two years, over a third of all companies will be using decision support systems to increase their competitive advantage, or just to improve structured decision-making.

Cybersecurity Mesh

Cybersecurity Mesh Architecture (CSMA) is an acronym we all need to get used to because (as already mentioned) organizations are getting more distributed and therefore the protection of data requires a new approach – the “firewall around the office network” approach doesn’t work when employees are spread across the world. Gartner predicts that a CSMA approach will reduce the financial impact of security incidents by 90% by 2024.

Each of the Gartner insights comes with some very specific predictions for what might change in the next few years so these trends are always worth some analysis.

Click here to read the complete list of Gartner’s top strategic IT trends for 2022. Also, go check how many of the 2021 predictions went life, and don’t forget the second part of Gartner’s top trends for 2021.

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