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Technological trends for 2021

The most important research centers, such as Gartner, Forrester Research and IDC, have already published their forecasts for the next 12 months. What technology trends will dominate in 2021?

This year has been marked by the COVID-19 pandemic. The largest analytical companies, which due to the current time, are cautious in planning the next 12 months, are also openly talking about it. Nevertheless, according to IDC experts, business will continue to move towards its “digital destiny” — digitization of services and products that underpins many operating models.

IDC: IT spending to reach $ 6.8 trillion by 2023

The IDC predicts that by 2022, two-thirds of the world’s GDP will come from digital products and services, and IT spending in 2020–2023 will be $ 6.8 trillion.

The company’s experts estimate that the nearest future will be dominated by 10 key trends. Some of them can be observed in the coming year, but most of them concern a longer, several-year perspective.

Source: IDC FutureScape: Worldwide IT Industry 2021 Top 10 Predictions
  1. Move to the cloud faster. According to IDC experts, by the end of 2021, 80% of enterprises will introduce solutions that will enable the transfer of IT infrastructure and applications to the cloud in two times less time than before the pandemic. This process is designed to help increase the digital resilience of organizations.

Gartner: Demand for virtual services is growing

Gartner analysts forecast that IT spending will decline in all market segments, but next year spending on enterprise software should return to its previous state the fastest. Compared to this year, it is to increase by 7.2%. This will be due to the progressive digitization of enterprises, the need to support people who decide to set up a home office, and the growing demand for virtual services.
In Gartner’s predictions, 9 most important technological trends for the next year appear. Among them, the organization’s experts mention:

  • derived from the IoT Internet of Behavior, which is based on three areas: technology, data analysis and behavioral science. IoB can collect, combine and process data from many sources, and then influence consumer behavior.
Source: Gartner Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2021

Forrester: further investments in digital transformation needed

Similar conclusions were also reached by Forrester analysts who in the report “Top Trends And Emerging Technologies, Q3 2020” highlight the most relevant trends and break down technologies into seven key areas that will play a key role in accelerating digitization. These include artificial intelligence, business automation and robotics, enterprise risk management, human experience and productivity, new computing architecture, next-generation communication, and zero-trust security.

In the latest report, a lot of space is devoted to the ethical aspects of using artificial intelligence, the need to transform and use intelligent automation, which combines robotic and digital process automation with pragmatic artificial intelligence, as well as the combination of cloud computing and edge computing architecture.

Looking to the future

As predicted by the most important analytical companies, the coming years will pass, among others, under the sign of the cloud, artificial intelligence, automation, data processing at the edge of the network, as well as safe work from anywhere in the world. The key approach in this case will be the approach of companies which, in order to maintain a competitive advantage and overcome subsequent crises, such as the one caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, should be open to digitization and have a flexible approach to business.

How can industrial enterprises achieve this? You can find the answer here →

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