Ambitious net-zero targets and sustainability strategies, the energy crunch, post-pandemic workplace trends, and an ongoing skills shortage are the prominent areas likely to impact business’s IT strategies in 2023.
Below we take a look at the key trends that will shape IT Infrastructure and IT Support in 2023.
For a long time, on-site IT support has been the norm. But, with the rise of remote work and large portions of the workforce working from home, there is an increasing number of businesses providing IT support remotely, through tools such as remote desktop software and online chat platforms.
At the same time, more businesses will outsource their IT infrastructure to a trusted provider, leaning on the knowledge, experience, and expertise of colocation data centre operators. This will help fill IT skills gaps in-house, whilst also providing greater levels of resilience, uptime, and cost efficiency during the challenging years ahead.
Many organizations are implementing self-service portals and knowledge bases to allow users to solve common issues on their own, freeing up IT support staff to handle more complex problems. With self-service, you can limit waiting times and meet other customer requirements such as the need for immediate availability.
86% of customers would avoid a shop because the queue looks too long. Self-service therefore meets very important customer requirements. They want speed, convenience and immediate availability, preferably 24/7.
There is a trend towards using artificial intelligence and automation to handle routine tasks and escalate more complex issues to human support staff. AI can be useful in a huge number of ways, including the detection of cyber-security threats, the prediction and prevention of failure, data analysis, automated mitigation, and reducing reliance on humans and saving time and money.
The greatest threat to network infrastructure security is from hackers and malicious applications that attack and attempt to gain control over the routing infrastructure. As cyber threats continue to evolve, IT support teams are prioritizing cybersecurity and implementing measures such as two-factor authentication and regular security updates.
Network Infrastructure Security requires a holistic approach to ongoing processes and practices to ensure that the underlying infrastructure remains protected. As cyber threats become more sophisticated, this will continue to be a growing priority in IT teams.
The ongoing mass adoption of cloud computing has been a key driver of many of the most transformative tech trends, including AI and hybrid working. As it continues to evolve and grow, I expect to see it becoming an enabler of even more technologies, including virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), cloud gaming, and the metaverse.
Many organizations are moving their IT infrastructure to the cloud, which requires IT support staff to be familiar with cloud-based technologies and support processes, in particular around cloud security and resilience, multi-cloud, and low- and no-code cloud services.
Between 2016 and 2022, smartphone users have increased by an annual growth rate of 10.4%, with 91% of the world’s population now owning a smartphone. With the proliferation of smartphones and other mobile devices, IT support teams are focusing on providing more effective support for mobile devices and applications.
The key factors effecting the growth of mobile app usage, and therefore the demand for better mobile support are 5G technology, AI integrated apps, and apps for foldable smartphones.
The 2030 deadline for net-zero targets is getting ever closer, and with 34% of UK organisations having made no progress on their sustainability goals, or in even defining them, it’s essential that businesses start to analyse and create strategies that will see them meet their targets. This might include reviewing software and hardware that is in use, to ensure they are all built, operated, and retired sustainably, to ensure minimal environmental impact.
Connectivity is the foundation of any IT network. As we head into 2023, businesses will likely start integrating on-site premises, cloud, and colocation to extend network reach to improve performance, and reduce latency and costs.
Whatever 2023 brings, it’s clear that IT infrastructure will continue to play a fundamental role in our lives, both inside and outside the workplace.
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