A Return to Acceleration, Innovation and Strategy for the IT Industry in 2022

Ten trends likely to shape the tech business and employment environment in the new year.

Put the pedal to the metal.

Companies in the business of technology and information technology (IT) professionals are optimistic that the new year will bring a return to growth and new strategic innovations, according to a new report published by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the IT industry and workforce.

CompTIA’s “IT Industry Outlook 2022” finds an industry and workforce eager to move on from nearly two years of keeping business and careers afloat and getting back to mindset that was in place prior to the pandemic.

  • Nearly 8 in 10 channel companies said they are positive about their firm’s prospects for 2022.

  • That optimism is matched by IT professionals, with nearly 80% feeling optimistic about their role as a technologist.

“2022 is shaping up to be a year of not just recovery, but of acceleration and innovation,” said Seth Robinson, senior director for technology analysis at CompTIA. “We are seeing signs of this in IT budgets, in the initiatives that companies are planning, and in the skills employers are looking to add.”

10 Trends to Watch in 2022

  • The Workplace Can No Longer Be Easily Defined –The swift move from traditional office-based work to full-time at-home work has exposed upsides and downsides that companies will need to balance in the year ahead.

  • Changes in Business Travel Drive Innovation – Just as many workers discovered they could be as effective at their day-to-day jobs at home, many also found that business travel might not be essential either—at least not in its past form and frequency.

  • The Impact of Regulation Goes Beyond New Laws – “Techlash” has faded as a buzzword, but the sentiment is still real. Across the political spectrum, consumers and clients continue to have concerns about the market power of tech giants and the way data is handled.

  • Technology Budgets Experience Stealth Growth – Technology opportunities are moving beyond hardware installations and software licensing into a wide array of possibilities as businesses integrate technology into their long-term goals.

  • Proactive Cybersecurity Takes a Big Step Forward – Momentum toward a proactive approach to cybersecurity is building. Penetration testing has become a distinct role within cybersecurity team structures. Organizations are starting to realize that either internal resources or outside partners are needed to identify and correct weak spots.

  • Channel Cybersecurity Has a Ways to Go – Expect channel firms to double down on cybersecurity to win deals and instill confidence in increasingly nervous customers. Ignoring this critical discipline puts a channel firm at a distinct disadvantage in the race to land and cement new customers for the future.

  • Consulting: Today’s Channel Opportunity – More channel firms will have a reckoning that reselling products and services in a cloud marketplace era is fading, but they have volumes of opportunity to transform or expand as business consulting experts.

  • Chip Supply Chain Woes Provide Wake-up Call – Channel firms, particularly the hardware-focused, may begin to consider whether its wiser to keep inventory, parts and components close to home, regardless of whether customer orders have been placed yet, in the event of component or other backlogs overseas.

  • Software Development Gets More Granular – Software applications continue to grow in number and complexity as businesses leverage technology to connect their workforce, reach new customers and improve productivity.

  • Foundational Data Management Drives an Analytics Revolution – Business will be done differently thanks to data analytics. Companies with a strong data foundation will lead the way.

Source: CompTIA