The pandemic showed us how important adaptability is for individuals and businesses alike. The resulting adoption of remote work models, new communication methods and flexible ways of working has increased the adoption of new digital technologies in the business world.
These technologies have improved collaboration in the workplace, improved job satisfaction and even helped create more productive teams.
That’s why, many of the trends that gained popularity during the pandemic appear to be sticking around. If you’re wondering what areas of IT you should be focusing on in 2022, here are the top five IT consulting trends that are set to dominate the small and medium-sized business landscape in 2022 and 2023.
- Cloud computing
Business owners everywhere are recognizing the importance of being able to access their information from anywhere, at any time. All while ensuring that information is secure and protected.
As a result, IT consultants are increasingly recommending that their clients migrate to cloud computing. If you haven’t already considered switching your storage solution from physical hard drives to the cloud, now is the time to start. Cloud computing will protect your data, save you from accidental loss and destruction and make it so you can adapt to any working situation, whether in the office, at home or on the go.
- Mobile apps
As mobile technology continues to bring more information into the palm of our hand, businesses and employees are looking for mobile solutions that they can bring with them wherever they go.
From accessing information to accepting payment for service, software that provides you and your team access on the go can help streamline processes, improve the customer experience and help increase success.
- Automation and artificial intelligence
More and more businesses are turning to automation and artificial intelligence (AI). Why? Because automation and AI can help reduce the amount of time that companies spend on monotonous and repetitive tasks that, while important, take a team’s focus away from more complex work processes.
By finding ways to streamline easier tasks, you can save time and resources so that your team can work on increasing revenue and growing your business.
As technology grows and improves, so do the threats that can penetrate your business. That’s why it’s imperative for your company to stay on top of the latest cybersecurity innovations. It’s the only way to ensure that your data is protected and secure.
Some cybersecurity trends you need to stay on top of include the rise of ransomware, which holds files hostage, phishing scams targeted at you and your customers, and multi-factor authentication to add extra layers of protection.
- Outsourced CTOs
As information technology grows, businesses are finding they have a greater need for high level management personnel who are solely focused on planning for and implementing technology for their business. The problem is, hiring an in-house CTO can get costly - especially when you aren’t at the stage where you need someone focused on IT strategy all of the time.
To ensure your business benefits from the experience and knowledge of a senior IT specialist without spending IT dollars that are better suited for implementing new solutions, some Ontario-based IT consultants are offering outsourced Chief Technology Officer solutions.
An outsourced CTO will ensure your IT infrastructure functions seamlessly and aligns with your company’s objectives. They can also help with risk management and disaster recovery, tech assessments and planning, and growth and acquisition.
These are just some of the many trends that IT consultants are seeing in 2022. To discuss these or any other IT solutions, please contact us today.