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Key tech trends IT managers need to look out for in 2022

Analysts at the Gartner IT Symposium/Expo 2021 Americas have presented their findings as they explored key industry trends during the conference. As a result, Gartner has identified the top strategic technology trends for 2022 that organisations need to explore in order to enable growth, innovation and develop direct digital connections with customers, as seen from its importance in recent years.


Here are three key tech trends from Gartner's list that we believe will see a significant effect on the IT infrastructure network industry, from cyber security to cloud native applications.


Credits: Gartner 2021

Cybersecurity Mesh


Gartner’s Research vice-president David Groombridge highlights how data is frequently championed as an important industry trend, however it is only as useful if enterprises are actually able to trust it. With assets and users located anywhere, traditional security measures are gone and better cyber security architectures are needed. Cybersecurity mesh architecture (CSMA) helps provide an integrated security structure and posture to secure all assets, regardless of location. By 2024, organisations adopting a CSMA to integrate security tools to work as a cooperative ecosystem will reduce the financial impact of individual security incidents by an average of 90%.


Distributed Enterprise


The rise of remote and hybrid working patterns has resulted in traditional office-centric organisations evolving into distributed enterprises comprised of geographically dispersed workers. Groombridge mentions how CIOs need to make major technical and service changes to deliver frictionless work experiences, and that means adapting their delivery model to embrace distributed services. Gartner expects that by 2023, 75% of organisations that exploit distributed enterprise benefits will realise revenue growth 25% faster than competitors.


Cloud-Native Platforms (CNPs)


In order to truly deliver digital capabilities anywhere and everywhere, Gartner mentions enterprises need to move towards CNPs and away from the familiar ‘lift and shift’ migrations. CNPs use the core capabilities of cloud computing to provide scalable and elastic IT-related capabilities “as a service” to technology creators using internet technologies, delivering faster time to value and reduced costs. Based on this reason, Gartner predicts that cloud-native platforms will serve as the foundation for more than 95% of new digital initiatives by 2025, up from less than 40% in 2021.


One of the industry leaders in CNPs, CATO Networks, has helped over 1000 organisations and businesses integrate a Secure Access Service Edge solution into their IT network infrastructure. CATO Network’s SASE solution in particular allows organisations and businesses to easily connect physical locations, cloud resources and mobile users to Cato SASE Cloud, while IT teams immediately benefit from the agility of a unified network and security service managed through a single, self-service console. Compared to traditional MPLS & network point solutions, CATO SASE streamlines and integrates security functions, at a fraction of the cost.