Data to support economic growth in 2022
THIS has been a year in which organizations across Northern Ireland have embraced technology at high speed. The acceleration of the digital transformation we have witnessed has fueled the recovery efforts of many companies that now increasingly understand and value the power of data.
And as we look to a new year, the importance and dependence on new technologies remains clear and will be critical in helping us unleash the power of data and envision a future fueled by innovation. There is no doubt that in 2022, data will be critical in helping us support economic growth in Northern Ireland and beyond.
The new year will mark the turning point for widespread connectivity. The expansion of 5G coupled with broadband will allow more organizations to access data, no matter where they are located.
This increased connectivity will benefit many industries, including those that work in manufacturing and logistics. Better access to 5G in healthcare will also expand the use of telemedicine and real-time telemonitoring of patients.
As many employees continue to work remotely and the future of work embraces a hybrid model, reliance on cloud technology will continue to grow. This will not only help employers sustain a hybrid workforce for the long haul, but it will also allow SMEs to quickly transform their business models and stay competitive in the face of higher costs.
In 2022, organizations will also seek to access data wherever it is, including at the edge. By capitalizing on the benefits of advanced computing, businesses will increase the speed at which they collect data and enable real-time decision making.
Today, companies manage ten times more data than just five years ago. But with the ever-present danger of cyberattacks on the public and private sectors, many are still struggling to protect this increasingly valuable asset.
This is why we need to ensure that companies prioritize building their cyber resilience in the coming months, as we know from recent experiences that it is not about ‘ifs’, but about “When” an attack could take place.
No longer seen as an ‘extra extra’, organizations will embed security and resiliency into the very fabric of their IT ecosystem – from supply chains and services to infrastructure and devices. Many industry leaders have already started to take steps to move their critical data off the network into a âcyber vaultâ so that they can withstand a cyber attack.
As a cybersecurity hub, Northern Ireland has an important role to play in helping to mitigate the impact of cyber attacks in Europe and globally. Maintaining a strong talent pool will need to be a top priority.
Most importantly, 2022 will be the year when companies transform their consumption of technology. Adopting technology ‘as a service’ will allow innovative start-ups as well as more established businesses to grow as they seek to access new markets and meet long-term consumer needs.
At Dell Technologies, we are confident about the data-driven future and the role technology can play in helping to support an economic recovery.
By prioritizing cyber resilience and embracing new technologies, businesses in Northern Ireland can safely and successfully transform to ensure they are ready to seize the opportunities ahead.
:: Jason Ward is Vice President and General Manager of Dell Technologies Ireland and Northern Ireland