Digital transformation is everything these days, and companies must hop onto the bandwagon or risk falling behind. Businesses should constantly be pushing the boundaries, wanting to improve their operations, and adapting to the latest trends in the game. 

To help you stay one step ahead, here are some of the 2021 IT trends to apply to your business.

Voice Search Answers

Danny Pollack, CEO at Bespoke

With voice-controlled devices gaining popularity, business owners and marketers should focus their content strategy on providing answers to FAQs that consumers ask about a company’s products or services. Focus on adjusting the content strategy to be conversational and clearly answer questions in simple terms.

5G

Brandon Brown, CEO at Grin

In 2021, we will see a shift of devices moving from 3G and 4G to 5G services. 5G will allow for a revolutionized internet experience and will enable us to do more with our devices than ever before. 5G speeds will be much faster than our previous 4G or 3G speeds and will connect us in new ways.

Cybersecurity Mesh

Tim Clarke, Director of Sales at SEOBlog.com

The next big IT trend that will take over in the next few years is Cybersecurity Mesh. It combines the best technologies like Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Robotic Process Automation (RPA), created for a more advanced IT security infrastructure as digital transformation significantly impacts daily life. 

Cybersecurity Mesh is built around a person or device’s perimeter or access point, making it more flexible, reliable, and accessible. Now that 80% of the industry has moved its workload to the cloud and more staff working remotely becoming the norm, this has become more imperative and a necessity.

With the help of Cybersecurity Mesh, intelligent cybersecurity will work successfully in fraud and data protection by early detection of inconsistency, vulnerabilities, finding anomalies, or even unusual user behavior in business and financial applications. 

It is programmed to trust but verify to ensure all the data, app, systems, etc., are accessed securely. Studies show that cybercrime occurs every 11 seconds, where global damages will reach $6 trillion in 2021 alone. 

Cybersecurity Mesh is a baseline of the employee’s behavior and flags the issues right away. Cybersecurity Mesh algorithms can help you detect and temporarily block access to stop the crime from happening.

With this kind of infrastructure, managed IT services and companies play a big role in making this happen. They can help with preparing the security aspect of the device and ensure that it is not prone to any malicious attacks.

HR Tech and Remote Onboarding

Abby Hao, Head of Marketing at WellPCB

Many small businesses rely on HR software due to the recent growth in working from home, but the latter is here to stay with small companies, no matter what. HR technology includes applications and related hardware that automate the human resources department, employee incentives, hiring, employee analytics, and administration.

More individuals are willing to operate remotely post-pandemic. More companies can switch to automation to manage remote operations as a result of this modern paradigm. This is very important as new employees are hired. They need to be familiar with the organization and comfortable with their tasks and the company atmosphere to get off to a good start.

Edge Computing

Shiv Gupta, CEO of Incrementors Web Solutions

Edge computing is almost tied to IoT. It is the computing power that allows a variety of devices to connect to bring users a mix of products and services that are more personal and customizable. Though, edge computing isn’t limited to personal use. Companies can expect edge computing to improve fleet and product management, predictive maintenance, and voice assistance. Coupled with this next trend, edge computing is likely just getting started.

Internet of Behaviors

Andrew Ryan, Founder & Director CEO of Newtec Services

Internet of Behaviors or IoB is about capturing data, analyzing it, understanding what it means, and then monetizing it in order to build better processes in our society. Some of this is used today through our mobile devices or smart in-home assistants, but it is projected to go beyond this in 2021 and over the next 5 years. 

The data collected could be used for nonprofits to test the effectiveness of a campaign, for health providers to track physical activities in order to lower premiums; it could even impact policymakers and their decisions to alter laws or social programs. There are limits to what can be tracked based on privacy laws from region to region, but this will be an exciting trend to watch.

Hyperautomation 

Robert Smith, Brand Manager at Voxtab

Automation helps to reduce the need for human intervention for predictable and repeating tasks. Hyperautomation takes it a step further, it is a combination of a variety of technologies like AI, machine learning, and the like, to automate processes in a more impactful manner. It helps to reduce time and cost, improve quality, increase productivity and revenue, and so on. Also, you get real-time data that helps in making the right decisions.