A new year is upon us and that calls for our round-up of tech predictions 2022 blog edition. We’re identifying where we think the gains, risks and innovation will come from in the upcoming year and how the market will react leading up to 2023.
Metaverse drives AR and VR standardisation
In 2021 Facebook, Microsoft, and others have made major investments in the metaverse. Prior to that, VR technology was beginning to stagnate. After all, the Microsoft mixed reality portal had not seen a new feature in a couple of years. Headset manufacturers know that these major investments in the metaverse are likely to be a cash cow for them, and are going to do whatever it takes to position their headsets to take full advantage of these new offerings. As a result, expect the prices to level out and the technology to standardise over the course of the next year as VR workspaces and environments become more popular social choices.
Serverless becomes default practice
In the last year, nearly half of all devs were using serverless in at least some of their developments. We predict 2022 and beyond serverless will be more than 50% of all new configurations. It follows that serverless could be as ubiquitous as containers and microservices this year. And that means it could soon take its rightful place as the future focus of cloud computing investment and default architecture globally.
Dev architecture becomes sustainable-first
According to Amazon it seems developers will take an active role in reducing the carbon footprints of their applications. This will happen in a variety of areas, like considering where in the world they choose to run their applications to take advantage of green energy in the grid, considering the time needed to process a task or even specifying the chipset they use. In 2022, we’ll look to make smarter choices for the environment even at a slight reduction to speed or quality. Consumers will value this consideration as they begin to hold the planet in higher importance than their own convenience.
Growth of hybrid workforce tools
As many workers continue to operate offsite, the tools available will adapt to these long-term changes. The Enterprisers Project reports, “we are seeing a new breed of tools emerge that are based on AI and machine learning. These tools can identify, alert, and sometimes, heal issues before the remote worker even knows there is a problem.” This will allow businesses to better navigate the ins and outs of a world in constant flux; requiring less staffing on-site to maintain peak operations.
Low-code and no-code dominates
With the remote worker culture here to stay, employees will need to pick up just enough technical know-how to get by. One way tech can ease them into that process is with “no-code” or “low-code” software, a term for programs that avoid complex code and instead let users build programs and apps with basic logic and visual elements like drag-and-drop menus. IT teams can’t just drop by to help troubleshoot and solve issues and remote support reduces productivity while a fix is implemented. We believe by the end of 2022, the majority of workers will be expected to learn some new minor IT skills.