Artificial intelligence and machine learning, cloud computing and 5G will be the most important technologies in 2022, new IEEE study finds


Piscataway, NJ – November 18, 2021 –IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today released the results of “The Impact of Technology in 2022 and Beyond: A Global Study of IEEE, ”a new survey of global technology leaders from the US, UK, China, India and Brazil. The study, which included 350 CTOs, CIOs and CIOs, covers the most important technologies in 2022, the industries most affected by technology in the coming year, and technology trends. over the next decade.Learn more on the study and impact of technology in 2022 and beyond.

The most important technologies, innovation, sustainability and the future

Which technologies will be the most important in 2022? Among the total number of respondents, more than one in five (21%) say that AI and machine learning, cloud computing (20%) and 5G (17%) will be the most important technologies l ‘next year. Due to the global pandemic, tech leaders surveyed said in 2021 that they had accelerated the adoption of cloud computing (60%), AI and machine learning (51%), and 5G ( 46%), among others.

So it’s no surprise that 95% of them agree, including 66% strongly agree, that AI will drive the majority of innovation in almost every industry. industrialists over the next five years.

When asked which of the following areas 5G would benefit the most over the next year, the tech leaders polled said:

  • Telemedicine, including remote surgery and health record transmission (24%)
  • Distance learning and education (20%)
  • Daily personal and professional communications (15%)
  • Entertainment, sports and live event broadcasting (14%)
  • Manufacturing and assembly (13%)
  • Transport and traffic control (7%)
  • Reduction of carbon footprint and energy efficiency (5%)
  • Agriculture and agriculture (2%)

Regarding the industry sectors most affected by tech in 2022, tech leaders surveyed cited manufacturing (25%), financial services (19%), healthcare (16%) and energy ( 13%). Compared to the start of 2021, 92% of respondents agree, including 60% who strongly agree, that the implementation of smart building technologies that benefit sustainability, decarbonization and saving energy has become a top priority for their organization.

Workplace Technologies, Human Resources Collaboration, and COVID-19

As the impact of COVID-19 varies globally and hybrid work continues, tech leaders almost universally agree (97% agree, with 69% strongly agree) for say their team is working more closely than ever with HR leaders to implement workplace technologies and applications for office recording, space usage data and analytics, COVID protocols and health, employee productivity, engagement and mental health.

Among the challenges that tech leaders see in 2022, maintaining strong cybersecurity for a hybrid workforce of remote and on-site workers is viewed by respondents as a challenge by 83% of respondents (40% very, 43% rather) while managing the return to the office health and safety protocols, software, applications and data are considered difficult by 73% of respondents (29% very, 44% somewhat). Determining what technologies are needed by their business in a post-pandemic future should be a challenge for 68% of technology leaders (29% very, 39% somewhat). Recruiting technologists and filling technology vacancies in the coming year is also seen as a challenge by 73% of those surveyed.

Robots increase over the next decade

Looking ahead, 81% agree that over the next five years, a quarter of what they do will be improved by robots, and 77% agree that in the same time frame, robots will be deployed in their organization to improve almost every function of the business, from sales and human resources to marketing and IT. A majority of respondents agree (78%) that over the next ten years, half or more of what they do will be improved by robots. As for the robot deployments that will benefit humanity the most, according to the survey, these are manufacturing and assembly (33%), hospital and patient care (26%) and exploration of the earth and space (13%).

Connected objects continue to proliferate

Due to the shift to hybrid work and the pandemic, more than half (51%) of tech leaders surveyed believe that the number of devices connected to their businesses that they need to track and manage, such as smartphones, tablets , sensors, robots, vehicles, drones, etc. — have increased by up to 1.5 times, while for 42% of those surveyed the number of devices increased more than 1.5 times.

However, the views of technology leaders diverge globally when asked about how to manage even more connected devices in 2022. When asked if the number of devices connected to the business of their business would grow so significantly and rapidly in 2022 that it would become unmanageable, more than half of tech executives disagree (51%), but 49% agree. These differences can also be observed from region to region: 78% in India, 64% in Brazil and 63% in the United States agree that the growth of devices will be unmanageable, while a strong majority in China (87 %) and just over half (52%) in the UK disagree.

Cybersecurity and physical security, preparation and deployment of technologies

The cybersecurity issues most likely to be among the top two issues for tech leaders are mobile and hybrid workforce issues, including employees using their own devices (39%) and cloud vulnerability ( 35%). Other concerns include the vulnerability of data centers (27%), a coordinated attack on their network (26%) and a ransomware attack (25%). Notably, 59% of all tech leaders surveyed are currently using or in the next five years plan to use drones for security, surveillance or threat prevention as part of their business model. However, there are regional disparities. Current use of drones for security or plans to do so over the next five years are highest in Brazil (78%), China (71%), India (60%) and the United States (52%) compared to only (32%) in the UK, where 48% of respondents say they do not intend to use drones in their business.

An open source distributed database that uses cryptography through a distributed ledger, blockchain enables trust between individuals and third parties. The four uses over the next year respondents were most likely to cite in their own three most important uses of blockchain technology are:

  • Secure machine-to-machine interaction in the Internet of Things (IoT) (61%)
  • Contactless digital shipment and transaction tracking (51%)
  • Ensure the security of medical and health records in the cloud (47%)
  • Secure the connecting parts within a specified ecosystem (47%)

The vast majority of respondents (92%) believe that compared to a year ago, their business is better prepared to respond to a potentially catastrophic disruption such as a data breach or natural disaster. Of this majority, 65% strongly agree that COVID-19 has accelerated their preparation.

About the survey

“The Impact of Technology in 2022 and Beyond: An IEEE Global Study” interviewed 350 CIOs, CTOs, CIOs and other technology leaders in the United States, China, United Kingdom, India and Brazil in organizations with over 1,000 employees across multiple sectors including banking and financial services, consumer goods, education, electronics, engineering, energy, government, healthcare, insurance, retail, technology and telecommunications. The surveys were conducted from October 8 to 20, 2021.

About the IEEE

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