What’s on the horizon for tech in 2023? Here’s a quick look at some of the ‘big picture’ predictions from influential analysts such as Gartner, IDC and Forrester:
The leading US-based tech research and consulting firm Gartner has put together a list of 10 key strategic trends for 2023. They include the following:
- Digital immune systems – using a variety of techniques (including AI-augmented testing), organisations can bolster the resilience of business-critical systems against unexpected shocks.
- Applied observability – using raw data to add context to analytics, to drive key business decisions.
- AI trust, risk and security management (AI TRiSM) – a critical one considering the rise of AI, this essentially covers the governance and trustworthiness of AI-based systems.
- Industry cloud platforms – this is infrastructure, platform and software as a service.
- Platform engineering – providing the tools to optimise development and speed up digital delivery.
- Wireless-value realisation – boosting business value using end-user computing and digital tagging (RFID).
- Super apps – this is an app, platform and whole ecosystem all in one, such as WeChat and Alipay.
- Adaptive AI – these are systems that adjust their learning based on -time feedback.
Unsurprisingly, both the metaverse and sustainable technology also make the list of Gartner’s key tech trends to watch out for next year.
Global market research giant Forrester predicts that organisations will need to adjust their priorities in 2023, to respond to multiple challenges. Its researchers state:
“In 2023, smart business leaders will get focused – pruning efforts that aren’t bearing fruit and prioritizing long-term growth. Economic and geopolitical turmoil will sow fear and disruption, yet panic, short-sighted revenue grabs, and poorly planned returns to the office will only make things worse.”
In terms of specific trends for the coming year, Forrester predicts the following:
- Metaverse experiments could fall short of public expectations
- Greenwashing becomes a major business risk
- Attempts to force workers to return to the office full-time could backfire
- Tech employers will need to tap into new talent pools in the midst of a pressing skills shortage
- Building trust and avoiding scandal should be a top priority for tech organisations.
Market intelligence specialist IDC shares Forrester’s view that tech firms will have a storm to ride out in the coming year. It believes that innovation is the answer:
“For the next several years, leading technology providers must play a leading role in helping enterprises use innovative technologies to slide through the current storms of disruption.”
IDC also predicts that by 2025, around 60% of infrastructure, data and security offerings will need to use cloud-based platforms that enable automation across a whole range of processes. The key aim will be to drastically reduce operating costs.
It also flags up serious concerns over AI, automation and machine learning. It expects around 45% of G2000 enterprises to face risks due to low levels of trust in autonomous tech systems by public, workers and business leaders.
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