Gartner’s Top 12 Strategic Tech Trends For 2022 has been released. As 2020 and parts of 2021 found companies focused on survival, the future will focus on a return to the path toward growth. Just as survival required more creative use of technology, the path to growth will also emphasize creative use of technology, not so surprisingly. Gartner’s strategic technology trends for 2022 and beyond are:

  • Hyperautomation
  • Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Data Fabric
  • AI Engineering
  • Autonomic Systems
  • Decision Intelligence
  • Composable Applications
  • Cloud-native Platforms (CNPs)
  • Privacy-enhancing Computation (PEC)
  • Cybersecurity Mesh
  • Distributed Enterprise
  • Total Experience (TX)

Hyperautomation

Automation is a critical ingredient for digital transformation. Hyperautomation suggests a faster path to identifying, vetting and automating processes across the enterprise. The areas to focus on in order to best accomplish this include improving work quality, hastening the pace of business processes and fostering nimbleness in decision making.

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Their persists an increase in interest and investment in generative AI in the past year. Generative AI references algorithms that enable using existing content like audio files, images, or text to create new content. Gartner predicts that in the next three and a half years, generative AI will account for 10% of all data produce compared to less than 1% at present.

Data Fabric

Data fabric as a design concept that serves as an integrated layer of data and connecting processes. This fosters resilient and flexible integration of data across business users and platforms. The upshot is that it can reduce data management efforts substantially while dramatically improving time to value.

AI Engineering

The staying power and lasting value from AI investments have been mixed across many companies. An issue is that some companies deploy an AI model once and expect that value will accrue in perpetuity, Gartner notes that sustained efforts and model evolution must be driven to gain more from these investments.

Autonomic Systems

Autonomic systems with in-built self-learning can dynamically optimize performance, protect [companies] in hostile environments, and make sure that they’re constantly dealing with new challenges. This trend anticipates greater levels of self-management of software.

Decision Intelligence

Decision intelligence aims to model decisions in a repeatable way to make them more efficient and to hasten the speed to value. It anticipates doing so through automation that enhances human intelligence. In the next two years, one-third of large enterprises will use DI for better and more structured decision making.

Composable applications

The idea of composable applications highlights that the functional blocks of an application can be decoupled from the overall applications. The component parts can be more finely tuned to create a new application that is of greater value than its monolithic predecessor. Companies that leverage composable applications can outpace their competition by 80% regarding new feature implementation.

Cloud-native platforms

Gartner believes that cloud-native platforms, which leverage cloud technology’s essence to offer IT-related capabilities as a service for technologists, will provide the foundation for most new digital initiatives by mid-decade.

Privacy-enhancing computation

Privacy has been an increasingly important concern and priority across the business landscape. Privacy-enhancing computation can protect a company’s and its customers sensitive data, protecting the confidentiality of data. Gartner hypothesizes that this is a pathway to maintain customer loyalty by decreasing privacy-related issues and cybersecurity events, and it believes that roughly 60% of large enterprises will leverage these practices by 2025.

Cybersecurity mesh

Cybersecurity mesh is a form of architecture which provides an integrated approach to security IT assets no matter their location. It provides a more standardized and responsive approach to cybersecurity by redefining the perimeters of cybersecurity to the identity of a person or a thing. This is a pathway to reduction the financial implications of cyber incidents by 90% in less than two years.

Distributed enterprise

Hybrid approach to work, This model allows employees to work in a geographically distributed fashion, opening up new pathways for talent acquisition. By doing so 25% faster revenue can be achieved faster than peers

Total experience (TX)

The pandemic has certainly led to an evolution, and in some cases a revolution in customer and employee experience, especially as it pertains to the digital versions of each. By managing each effectively, enterprises should drive better outcomes. Gartner suggests that natural silos relative to innovating around customer, employee, and user experiences must be broken down so that a more holistic approach might be achieved.