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NetApp 2022 Predictions: The technology trends that will shape 2022 and beyond

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The technology trends that will shape 2022 and beyond

By Matt Watts, Chief Technology Evangelist, NetApp

The evolution of technology is constant, driving organizations to continually invest in digital transformation initiatives. Where will the technology evolution lead in 2022? Below are the top technology trends we predict will gain momentum in 2022 and beyond as the digital transformation accelerates. 

Cloud Adoption Growth 

Cloud adoption will accelerate as supply chain constraints drive information technology buyers to find alternatives to traditional on-premises infrastructure. This transition will increase demand from businesses for visibility into their data - how it is structured and where it stored - to ensure efficient use of compute capacity in the cloud. Companies that upgrade their IT networks and facilities for advanced analytics, automation, and advanced manufacturing technologies will most efficiently adapt to the cloud. 

Technical Talent and Skills Challenges 

According to Forrester, there will be fierce competition to retain and hire skilled IT workers, and companies will face a 13.8% attrition rate of IT personnel. To retain talent and thrive through the shortage of skilled workers, organizations need to focus on training and education programs for current employees. IT managers can also invest in technologies that remedy the labor and skills gap such as low code, no code and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions.

AI Adoption at the Edge

The adoption of AI technology at the edge of networks will continue to accelerate across the manufacturing, transportation, agriculture, entertainment and hospitality industries. For example, the agriculture and food processing industries will use AI for harvesting and packaging. An explosion in ‘Tiny Machine Learning' chipsets for low-cost and resource-constrained devices such as remote sensors that can collect and process data at the edge will drive this trend. These chipsets will fuel the ever-growing edge-core-cloud data pipeline, which industries will need to access and leverage to differentiate themselves in the marketplace.  

Realized Returns on Digital Transformation

Data analytics and optimization of digital services will drive increased return on investment (ROI) in cloud adoption throughout the public and private sectors. For example, cloud financial operations (FinOps) will improve through increased automation and the development of smarter applications. Cloud providers will deliver more services through containerized solutions and microservices. 

Quantum Computing Acceleration

Quantum computing will accelerate as major IT players and startups use the technology for complex tasks such as drug discovery, financial risk calculation, automotive battery design, and supply chain optimization. Organizations will be more vocal about their quantum computing strategy in 2022, sharing how they will deliver quantum computing as a service to their customers and overcome challenges such as building a data pipeline into the quantum computing cloud. 


Sustainability and net zero carbon emission targets will continue to be a top priority for organizations. Enterprise customers will demand transparency from companies on their sustainability practices and throughout supply chains. Hyperscale datacenters will drive innovation in datacenter design and operations that increase resource utilization and incentivize customers to understand and use the appropriate data storage and processing technologies for their businesses.



Matt Watts, CTE at NetApp

Matt Watts

As CTE, Matt Watts provides guidance on NetApp’s overall strategy and technology solutions to a wide base of customers and the global partner community. Matt is also part of the international leadership team providing advice and guidance on technology and transformation.
Matt is increasingly in demand as a keynote speaker, having a way of combining his knowledge of the IT industry with anecdotes and stories that bring technology to life with witty, easily understandable examples.

Prior to this role, Matt Project Managed a number of significant IT projects; managed System Engineers responsible for providing installation and onsite support; as well as overseeing IT outsourcing contracts. This experience has given him contact with all levels of Leadership enabling him to understand, communicate with and support clients with their IT and transformation Strategies.
Matt Watts shares his experiences and industry learnings on his personal blog

Published Friday, December 17, 2021 10:11 AM by David Marshall
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