CompTIA Forecasts a Return to Acceleration, Innovation and Strategy for the IT Industry in 2022
Companies in the business of technology and information technology (IT) professionals are optimistic that the new year will bring a return to growth and new strategic innovations, according to a new report published by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the IT industry and workforce.
CompTIA's "IT Industry Outlook 2022" finds an industry and workforce eager to move on from nearly two years of keeping business and careers afloat and getting back to mindset that was in place prior to the pandemic.
Nearly eight in ten channel companies study said they are positive about their firm's prospects for 2022. That optimism is matched by IT professionals, with nearly 80% feeling about their role as a technologist.
"2022 is shaping up to be a year of not just recovery, but of acceleration and innovation," said Seth Robinson, senior director for technology analysis at CompTIA. "We are seeing signs of this in IT budgets, in the initiatives that companies are planning and in the skills employers are looking to add."
"IT channel companies that had been simply trying to hold on to existing customers are bullish on s pursuing new customers and new customer segments in 2022," said Carolyn April, CompTIA's senior director for industry analysis. "That means they are going to ramps up sales and marketing efforts and move their business into new areas, especially consulting services and getting more serious about the internet of things, artificial intelligence and other emerging tech opportunities. It also means that they expect customers to resume their investments in technology."
The report includes 10 trends likely to shape the IT, its workforce and its business models in the new year.
10 Trends to Watch in 2021
- The Workplace Can No Longer Be Easily Defined – The definition of a workplace has changed, and likely for good. The swift move from traditional office-based work to full-time at-home work has exposed upsides and downsides that companies will need to balance in the year ahead. "Companies are definitely looking at hiring, but can they find people?" Robinson noted. "Remote workforce or back in the office? Finding talent is really going to contribute to this tug of war."