2022 Tech trends shaping the jobs market right now
When the pandemic first hit, businesses were immediately put on the backfoot. Almost overnight, Covid landed at the top of the priority list and became the main driver impacting critical decisions around investment, cyber security, cloud adoption and more.
The once slow, considered pace of the digital transformation journey accelerated into essential enablers, through a sustained period of the unknown that touched every corner of the earth.
Two years on, our perspective has changed. We’ve had a chance to reflect, and hybrid has come to the forefront.
So, where are we now? What are the key priorities for IT? And in turn, how is this impacting the jobs market?
A year of economic growth
Despite the dent that the pandemic has understandably made on the economy, Ireland is still experiencing exceptional growth. For 2022, Ibec forecasts that growth will run at a rate of 6%, with unemployment falling rapidly to pre-Covid norms. This in itself highlights the strength of Ireland’s leading industries such as Pharma, MedTech and ICT which are all drivers of this increase.
And although many may be in a state of flux right now – the great resignation still prominent as well as new employee benefits and flexible working opportunities driving change across the jobs market – there are plenty of opportunities to be had.
Key technology trends for 2022
There’s no doubt that cyber security is a top priority for 2022 and organisations must now navigate an increasingly sophisticated threat landscape while monitoring and managing a much more complex and dispersed IT architecture.
In addition, the rate of skills shortages has reached an all-time high within the IT sector with around 3 million global job vacancies in cyber security alone. In response to this, however, automated solutions and consultancy services such as Virtual CISOaaS are helping businesses cope with the lack of resources.
Moreover, critical solutions such as SIEM (Security Information and Event Management), SOAR (Security Orchestration and Automated Response) and MDR (Managed Detection and Response) are all playing a key part in enabling cyber security teams to focus their energy and ensure businesses stay protected against threats such as ransomware.
Finally, more modern approaches to cyber security are being considered with passwordless security such as biometrics becoming more common among enterprises today.
An accelerated move to cloud has undoubtedly driven the need for cloud specialists as well as furthered the need for cloud security consultants.
“By the end of 2022, every single business will have embraced the cloud in some way, whether that’s public, private or a hybrid cloud setup. Businesses who are not already in the cloud now will begin to migrate workloads to a cloud environment during 2022. Cloud will be the norm, not a trend,” says Nicola Mortimer, eir evo Commercial Director.
“In 2022, we will see the continued shift from on-premises to cloud for cyber security services. Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) consolidates technologies with a move from on-premises equipment to cloud-based services. Companies will work with one or two vendors who have the ability to share information across the network, security and access management. This will cut complexity and costs and deliver consistent policy enforcement covering all types of access. This means businesses will be able to take a proactive approach to network security, which is critical in today’s constantly changing security landscape,” says Paul McEvoy, eir evo Cyber Security Specialist.
Read eir evo’s full 2022 Strategic ICT Trends blog here.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) technologies
With cloud being a key enabler for hybrid working, businesses have a new challenge on their hands – data governance, compliance and regulation.
With these elements in mind, organisations will also need innovative ways to give their users access to everything they need to be productive, while safeguarding their businesses and complying with industry regulations.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure technologies such as Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) are already giving businesses secure ways to deliver their applications and give their employees a consistent experience, while keeping their data secure and all in once place.
Modern app development
Business applications are proving critical to many organisations right now and low-code app development platforms such as Microsoft Power Apps are providing real value, rapidly at a reduced cost in comparison to bespoke app development.
These can be in response to solving a problem such as enabling a hybrid workforce, or they can also drive productivity and empower a more modern, integrated way of working.
Infrastructure development for increased agility
As organisations look to improve their agility, many are examining their underlying IT infrastructure.
“As we move into 2022, we’re expecting to see more interest in dHCI solutions (Disaggregated Hyperconverged Infrastructure), where organisations can manage their entire environment centrally, with one-click updates built in. This will help enterprises to dramatically improve their resilience and help them to react faster to changing markets,” says Seamus Breathnach, eir evo Enterprise Technical Consultant.
A world of opportunity
For anyone working in the technology sector right now, the world really is their oyster. Employers are offering more and more in terms of benefits and flexible working in order to attract talent and hold onto skilled consultants and engineers – from a widened, and more diverse talent pool.
IT is no longer a necessary expense but a business driver and the roles and opportunities available are vast – whether your focus is cloud, cyber security, infrastructure, app development, helpdesk support, automation, telecommunications, networking and more.
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