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2023 predictions
« on: December 25, 2022, 04:36:11 PM »
"Automation, Right Sizing cloud requirements, Zero Trust and the growing importance of AI observability"

2022 was a year of extreme complexities. With the post-pandemic and Brexit fallout, cost of living rises and inflationary pressures, geo-political issues, ongoing climate crisis, supply chain shortages, and growing cybersecurity and data security threats, it was undoubtedly another unprecedented year.

In fact, ransomware set annual records again, with new ransomware strains emerging. Additionally, cloud adoption continued to grow, while the IT jobs market experienced significant skills shortages. As we look forward to the start of a new year, what trends are on the horizon in 2023 and what issues will organizations be grappling with?

Right sizing multi-cloud for your environment

In the year ahead, moving to the cloud and undergoing digital transformation initiatives will continue to be of the utmost importance to remain agile, modern, and competitive. As workforces utilize hybrid working for the long term, environment modernization will continue to be a priority. However, a challenge many organizations are still working through is how to deal with legacy networks and technologies, and how best to right-size their cloud or multi-cloud environment for their requirements. Some organizations have found themselves dealing with large and unpredictable cloud egress bills and consequently having to look at how best to right-size their cloud infrastructure to combat this.

A shortage in skills means organizations will look to automate

The IT skills shortage has prompted companies to adopt more outsourcing of services as staff attrition continues to be a challenge. Hybrid working means employees have more choice when it comes to who they work for, while the general skills shortage is exerting upward pressure on wages.

While Forrester predicts that global tech spending will rise, hitting $4.8 trillion in 2023, the current skills shortage might impact some of those IT programs being deployed, which is why talent is a top challenge facing CIOs. This chronic talent shortage is pulling the profession into a wave of change. CIOs must lead their organizations to adopt innovative methods for attracting, hiring, retaining, and developing employees. Organizations will look at how they can best employ automation to drive maximum efficiencies and alleviate pressures.

Today automation is already resolving various daily issues for organizations in a faster way than traditional manual approaches. There are many mundane tasks that require manual inputs and take up a lot of time for IT teams. Automation can cut through these, speeding up and streamlining the process, bringing in efficiencies, and releasing precious resources for higher-value tasks so that skills are better utilized, and employees feel challenged.

IT budgets likely to feel the squeeze.

IT budgets are likely to come under a squeeze as businesses look to tighten their belts amid continuing rising costs. IT leaders will need to put forward strong business cases to ensure the value of crucial infrastructure modernization is heard across the business, and that budget constraints donít hold such initiatives back. IT leaders will need to look at how projects can help drive efficiencies, competitive advantage, and cost savings. However, network security budgets are likely to see the opposite and be expanded. Therefore, budget squeezes will not be at the expense of network security as organizations recognize the criticality of ensuring their networks are secure.

Accelerated adoption of Zero Trust technologies and services.

Adopting a zero-trust approach to networks and security will continue to be a priority in the year ahead. It will be especially relevant to organizations tackling critical projects such as M&A and divestitures as they grapple with the challenges of economic recession. In these environments, zero-trust can be used as a catalyst to accelerate the benefits of separation or merger so that organizations can get a head start on modernization and ensure compliance, while also ensuring their security posture is strong. According to Gartner, zero-trust network access security is forecast to grow by 31 percent in 2023 -- up from less than 10 percent at the end of 2021. However, adversaries will deploy new technologies to overcome zero-trust defenses and increase their success rate in future attacks.

According to IBMís 2022 Cost of a Data Breach Report, the average costs increased to $4.35 million in 2022, climbing 12.7 percent from $3.86 million in the 2020 report. Additionally, a stunning 83 percent of organizations surveyed reported having incurred more than one data breach. This means there will be a need for comprehensive threat intelligence, monitoring and alert detection solutions in place, including endpoint device security. There will also be a need for a holistic approach to zero trust with identity at its core, with an end-to-end framework to ensure integration, efficiency, and a strong network to withstand cyberattacks.

Observability will become the watchword in 2023

AI, ML and observability solutions that take AI to the next level, so that organizations are getting more actionable insights and predictions out of their data for improved reporting and analytical purposes, will be paramount. This is where we will see true AI solutions shine Ė ones that bring in intelligence and richer observability instead of simple monitoring. Observability is more about the correlation of multiple aspects, context gathering, and behavioral analysis. Observability correlation enables applications to operate more efficiently and identify when a siteís operations are sub-optimal, with this context delivered to the right person at the right time. This means a high volume of alerts is transformed into a small volume of actionable insights.

Without a doubt, 2023 will be a challenging year, but there will also be opportunities for innovation and growth in certain sectors. This is where working with a cost-effective partner will be critical; a trusted partner that can rapidly pivot, innovate and adapt as requirements and market conditions evolve.

Keep in mind these predictions are those of one journalist and are speculative at best!