Technology: Your business couldn’t run without it, but sometimes, it can cause more frustration than peace of mind. Here’s a look at some of the challenges and trends you’ll likely need to address to ensure a successful 2022.

Technology Issues You Need to Understand

Cybersecurity Concerns

Technology is evolving every day, and many of these innovations can keep businesses secure. However, as technology advances, so do the ways in which hackers can access sensitive data, and with the rise of remote work, your data is more vulnerable than ever before.

In fact, according to RiskBased Security’s 2021 Mid Year Report, 18.88 billion records were lost in the first half of 2021—a more than 400% increase compared to 2019.

To ensure your data stays secure, you need to make sure you have the right cybersecurity solutions to protect against phishing, ransomware, and other types of security threats.

Digital Transformation

In today’s digitized world, many companies end up having an “accidental” digital transformation. A digital transformation may not have been their goal, but with the pervasiveness of technology and urgency caused by COVID-19, they may have haphazardly adopted numerous different digital solutions.

This may seem like a happy coincidence, but it can actually do more harm than good. Because an organization may not be equipped with the strategy, knowledge, and procedures to best leverage technology, an “accidental” transformation can end up hurting a business’s productivity and efficiency and drive up costs. Plus, indiscriminate use of digital technology can expose your business to additional security threats of which you might not even be aware.

Remote Work

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses shifted to complete or partial remote work, and this new model isn’t going anywhere in 2022. While some may have the technology and processes in place to effectively make the switch, many companies do not. COVID-19 forced many businesses to adopt new technologies out of necessity and without much foresight.

No longer under the same pressure as two years ago, business owners can now begin thinking about their long-term plan to accommodate more flexible work options—and the technology needs that come with them.

Social Media

Used by billions of people every day, social media can present multiple issues to businesses. On the one hand, employees may find themselves scrolling through their social media accounts while at work, especially if they’re working from home. On the other hand, social media gives businesses a significant opportunity to market their products or services.

To make the most of social media, organizations need to outline clear and thoughtful policies on social media use and develop strategies to best leverage each platform.

Keep An Eye On These Tech Trends

For 2022, in addition to new challenges, new technology trends continue to emerge, and informed influencers and decision-makers know that taking these trends into account will help their organization thrive in a rapidly-changing world.

Artificial Intelligence

AI was once considered a whimsical, if sinister, science fiction idea. These days, however, AI pervades all corners of our lives and businesses.

While small business owners may not have the resources for advanced AI cybersecurity, they might, for example, install a chatbot on their website. Even small advancements like this will help companies stay up-to-date while enhancing user experiences.

Delivery & Logistics Technologies

Even before consumers stayed home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they expected increased convenience when engaging a service provider or seeking out a product. As a result, many companies are looking at innovative ways to fulfill customer orders and expectations.

From “last mile” delivery services to drones to automating driver routes, businesses increasingly innovate in order to improve speed and efficiency. The goal is to get products into customers’ hands as quickly as possible.

Climate Technology

As climate change progresses, so does investment in sustainable technology. In the first half of 2021, climate technology start-ups raised $16 billion across multiple sectors; and innovation and investment will only increase in 2022.

The importance of sustainability technology is becoming more and more evident, and it’s now something that businesses of all sizes now consider implementing. Beyond just installing LED lights or using recyclable materials, organizations can better leverage their technology to be efficient and not consume excess resources, which is great for the climate and the bottom line.

Face Any Challenge & Trend with AccountabilIT

Addressing today’s issues and keeping up with tomorrow’s trends are critical to the long-term success of your business, but without the right tools and knowledge, it’s much easier said than done.

At AccountabilIT, we take the time to get to know your business thoroughly. Then, we deliver the industry expertise and tailored solutions you need to tackle any challenge and leverage the best that technology offers. Contact us today to learn more about how we can support your business.