Tech trends set to revolutionise 2023
The IT sector will continue to grow next year, driven by artificial intelligence, the metaverse and the cloud. This has been revealed by a recent study by Gartner, which estimates that the investment to be made in IT next year will exceed 4.6 billion worldwide, i.e. 5.1% more than the previous year. In Spain, according to IDC data, business technology spending will reach 53.5 billion euros next year, an increase of 3.4% over the same year.
“Technology will play a fundamental role for companies in the coming year, as they advance in their technological maturity process. From atSistemas we enjoy a privileged position, since our positioning in customers and the strategic alliances we have with leading software manufacturers allow us to identify early the most relevant market trends and implement them in an agile and effective way” says Pedro Gallardo, Director of Business Development atSistemas.
In this context of current investment in the sector, atSistemas, a 100% Spanish digital services consultancy, has analysed some of the main technological trends to take into account in 2023.
Growth of Super Apps
Super Apps are applications that bring together a large number of related services so that customers have in a single application the features and functions of several mobile applications, as can occur in financial services. Super Apps are gaining relevance for companies to gain competitive advantage and increase customer loyalty, using that knowledge to provide more personalised services. These Super Apps are expected to incorporate elements such as chatbots, IoT and even metaverse experiences over time and according to TechSci Research the global Super App market will have a compound annual growth rate of 23.8% until 2028.
Exploiting the metaverse
The metaverse is not a new idea, but it is thanks to advances in recent years in different technologies such as AI, blockchain, IoT, AR and VR that we have seen it take off in all sectors. The metaverse has the potential to change the way we work, shop, interact and possibly even feel and live, creating a new space where the barriers between the physical and virtual worlds are blurring. This new reality has brought with it new opportunities and business models (both B2B and B2C) and changes are already taking place in the positions of the actors in the value chain, in the relationships with partners and customers, in the sales models and production costs associated with the creation of new products and markets, etc. The metaverse is already a reality, and represents the evolution of today’s digital economy.
Internet of Medical Things
Medical device technology or MedTech has become a vital component of healthcare services and an important economic driver. So much so that, according to data from MedTech Europe, the European market for medical technology was €15 trillion in 2021. The merger of the Internet of Things with MedTech, or IoMT, represents a great opportunity to solve current challenges in the medical sector and increase the value provided by these devices by opening the door to connected health solutions that allow the incorporation of other advanced technologies such as AI, VR/AR, virtual assistants, RPA, etc. In addition, the use of wearables has tripled in the last four years and the number of home sensors and connected medical devices is increasing all the time. But in order to reach their full potential, the different players need to enhance their capabilities in digital technologies such as IoT, AI, VR/AR, virtual assistants, RPA, etc., as well as being able to ensure secure data environments that are compliant with industry regulations.
Optimising cloud provider costs
Organisations are currently immersed in a process of digital transformation with the aim of accelerating innovation, agility and business evolution, but have found themselves with the need for a strategy for working with cloud providers in order to manage and align the costs of the services offered with the needs of the business. To do this, companies will need to analyse infrastructure costs and managed service costs, optimise infrastructure based on required availability, workload and location, and finally negotiate and consolidate with cloud providers based on the needs of the organisation. This analysis will allow companies to be more competitive and efficient, both in costs and in the management of their teams.
Over the last few years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has seen exponential growth in content development processes. These range from images, texts and articles to music or even text and spoken conversations. AI now plays a fundamental role in development processes, speeding up times, detecting possible errors, problems and vulnerabilities and being able to develop code automatically. For the moment, this tool does not replace the developer, as code can be improved in efficiency and functionalities cannot always be described in simple sentences, but in the foreseeable future they will be able to generate a complete application, not just describing some algorithms, but describing what a web, mobile or desktop application has to do. Over the next year we will see the industry move towards low-code and no-code to build-my-code solutions.
Transformation to Cloud Native
Enterprises are facing constant technology transformation and innovation, so they need to have the infrastructure and applications in place to develop secure and scalable applications to support new products and services. The transformation to Cloud Native allows companies to face these changing and constantly evolving scenarios and provides great benefits. It is a complex transformation process, both in its definition and execution, which requires a paradigm shift. But for these processes to culminate satisfactorily, a Journey to the Cloud (J2C) must be drawn up, defining the minimum necessary stages and identifying the benefits, challenges and obstacles that may arise. It is also a constantly changing and re-evaluating process and it is possible to achieve the objectives set out leaving some elements intact, modernising others and continuing to transform others.
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