IT Trends in 2023. Technological Trends
According to the Worldwide Digital Transformation 2022 Predictions, compiled by the International Data Corporation (IDC), global spending on digital transformation in 2022 has reached $1.8 trillion (up 17.6% from 2021). These figures indicate that there will be an increase in investment in digital transformation technologies through 2023 and beyond: “By 2023, 90% of organizations worldwide will prioritize investments in digital tools to augment physical spaces and assets with digital experiences.” – as IDC highlighted at the annual IDC FutureScape meeting.
The year 2023 continues the digital evolution with powerful technologies capable of revolutionizing society globally. Here are some of the most significant technology trends that will have a major impact this year.
The rise of AI technology and smarter IT devices
Artificial Intelligence continues to be one of the newest technology trends since its impact on the way we live or work is only in the early stages. AI is already known for its supremacy in areas such as image and voice recognition, navigation apps, personal smartphone assistants, etc.
In 2023, AI technology outperforms traditional machine learning models used in the past. The most recent adaptive learning-based AI systems adopt a flexible and continuously improved methodology. This enables the system to keep track of changes as they happen and learn from them, improving on older predictions and keeping processes up to date with greater accuracy.
If we talk about AI concerning organizations, it will be much more “real”, because code-free AI, with its lightweight drag-and-drop interfaces, will enable the creation of smarter products and services. In addition, it will enhance almost every business process and workplace in industries. Already the first signs are showing up in the management and automation of complex inventory management, and automated delivery processes – the buy-online-pickup-at-curbside (BOPAC), buy-online-pickup-in-store (BOPIS), and buy-online-return-in-store (BORIS) trends.
Scientists are now developing AI-based smart devices (AI-enabled home robots, appliances, work devices, wearables, etc.) that have smart software applications to make our working lives more manageable. Another development in the IT sector is smarter devices, which are helping an increasing number of businesses in becoming productive digital workspaces.
Hybrid cloud, multi-cloud and industrial cloud
In the last year, cloud-delivered services have reached almost a third of organizations’ IT spending. And these upward trends will continue into 2023 when cloud services investments will grow by more than 20% (according to Gartner research).
The hybrid cloud will be preferred by more and more companies to accelerate the development of new products and services (40%) and for rapid and scalable growth (42%). In turn, multi-cloud (the use of cloud services from at least 2 providers) will be deployed to improve business security (43%), achieve greater scalability (42%), and improve cost/performance (41%).
And while we are on the subject of cloud development, we cannot ignore the growing trend of industrial cloud platforms. This refers to cloud systems or services designed to serve a specific industrial process, such as pharmaceutical manufacturing, etc.
The industrial cloud brings several important advantages in manufacturing and related environments, such as:
- Enabling vertical integration processes by creating a data-centric collaboration network. The Industrial Cloud thus contributes to the alignment of production processes and those related to the different departments of the organization (marketing, sales, logistics, IT, etc.).
- The ability to receive data from smart devices and integrate communication protocols, better adapting to the changes brought about by Industry 4.0.
- Meeting variable and highly customized industry requirements, as it contains data, standards, and policies associated with a specific industry.
Industry Cloud platforms combine SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS with tailored, industry-specific functionality that organizations can use to more easily adapt to the flow of industry disruptions.
Real adaptation to hybrid working
Remote working has become increasingly prevalent in companies. This year, it’s one of those trends that will stay but will focus on improving employee satisfaction ratings, which will become key to staff retention.
A few facts about the challenges faced by employees working remotely in the long term:
- 57% of employees find it difficult to relate to the company and 59% find it difficult to communicate with co-workers;
- 95% of employees report symptoms of “video meeting fatigue”;
- 60% of employees consider connectivity problems as a limitation of their professional careers.
To avoid the spread of these challenges and minimize the dissatisfaction that arises, a better organizational culture of employee collaboration and the implementation of better-enabling technologies will be needed.
These are just a few of the technological trends that will reshape the world and continue the process of digitalization through next-generation technologies. It is worth watching how technology will continue to change paradigms in everyday life, business, and society.
One thing is clear. This challenging landscape as a result of the pandemic and the international context in which we find ourselves may be a suitable time to change the way we do business and a turning point to adopt new technological solutions. These solutions will help people and companies cope with these challenging times and turn them into an asset for improving the quality of life and global society.