In this blog we discuss the latest ScotlandIS event with Richard Marshall, and look at the key tech trends impacting the sector in 2022.
The team at Hamilton Forth was fortunate enough to be part of ScotlandIS’ first event of the year at the end of January. Richard Marshall, former Gartner analyst, discussed the trends businesses should be following to drive business roadmaps into 2022.
Richard opened with the word ‘intentional’ which he believes we should be keeping in mind with regards to anything in tech in 2022. He feels this means there should be intentional reasoning behind implementing new tech, undertaking a digital transformation journey, or engaging with what is deemed as disruptive tech.
Richard outlined his top 10 tech trends for 2022 as follows:
- Feeling FOMO
- Conversational Systems
- Specialist Processors
- Cloud Nativity
- Asynchronous Work
- Low/No Code Development
- Carbon Counting in Technology
- Tech Inequality
- Web Without Cookies
- 15-Minute City
The three that stood out in particular are Cloud Nativity, Low/No-code Development, and Web Without Cookies. Here, we take a closer look at each of these trends and discuss how they will impact the tech sector in 2022 and beyond.
Nowadays people are looking to build applications to be developed and managed within a cloud environment. Cloud isn’t just about using someone else’s hardware. It can be about intentional development and utilising the cloud not just for hosting, but to change your integration patterns with the cloud in mind.
Richard discussed elasticity of software in the cloud, saying: “The workload that is running in these systems can be reengineered for elasticity – they should all be connected up through microservices.” Elasticity allows users the ability to scale up and down to meet requirements. You do not have to guess capacity when provisioning a system in AWS Cloud. AWS’ elastic services enable you to scale services up and down within minutes, improving agility and reducing costs, as you’re only paying for what you use.
Richard ended his discussion on Cloud Nativity by highlighting the “need to plan for modern disasters”. He adds: “What happens if Azure active directory identifications fail? It’s not going to be the hardware, it’s going to be the software and the cloud can act as insurance for business continuity.”
By creating and using cloud native business operations, organisations can significantly simplify their systems, and adapt and evolve alongside cloud technology.
Low/No Code Development
Low code tools are an incredibly important element in catching up with the increasing demand for software provision in the UK.
The notion of Low/No Code isn’t something to bypass software development, but to help make it more efficient and speed up the process. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is one of the fastest growing users of Low code/No code systems. Using rules for simple decision-making, it allows users to design automated workflows that can reach into multiple information systems.
Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code – this is potentially not necessary. Robert C. Martin, author and founder of Clean Coders, presents a revolutionary concept with the book Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship, where he illustrates the importance of ‘cleaning code on the fly’ and offers up agile solutions to improve coding and programming skills.
Richard offered a good analogy in answering a question during the Q&A: “When you become a bricklayer, you don’t learn how to build bricks.”
By focusing more on low and no-code development, organisations can speed up their development timescales significantly and open up the job market to those without traditional coding skills.
Web Without Cookies
This is something we as a team at Hamilton Forth had just been discussing having watched Sam Jones, Founder of Gener8 Ads, pitch this successfully on Dragons Den. This provides the concept that companies do not need to be using cookies to obtain marketing insights and that there are other solutions out there that in Gener8’s case that can make both the user and organisations financial returns.
Richard touched on how there are account-based marketing approaches for B2B and marketing supply chain services and there could be some interesting movements within this area throughout 2022 and beyond. It will be interesting to see how the marketing technologists and their organisations evolve this and how they make the most of it.
At Hamilton Forth we are always very interested in discussing and attending events like this put on by ScotlandIS. Technology is ever evolving and the need for talent within Scotland’s tech sector is only increasing. Hamilton Forth’s Joshua Moreland recently wrote a piece about Scotland’s Most In-Demand Tech Jobs which shows just where exactly Hamilton Forth are seeing the most demand. It will be interesting to see how the trends discussed here and others like them will evolve to impact the technology skills market throughout 2022 and beyond.
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