The entire world experienced a shift in the way things were done during the pandemic. As it continues, the trends following scalable, secure, and resilient infrastructures continue and expand. Innovation and growth are the game’s name, spawning trends centered on flexibility.

We’ve researched the top 7 trends to keep your eye on and invest in for 2022, so you can be on the leading edge of trends that will shape the industry.

  • Monolith and Microservices

Monolith architecture allows for larger-scale solutions, making it the choice for enterprise-scale businesses. However, monolith systems have established limitations in modification. As flexibility becomes more critical, microservice-based architecture is coming in as a replacement for the inflexibility of monoliths.

Microservices allow for a more customizable network, but they don’t necessarily have all the benefits of a monolith. Therefore, the hybridization of the two is being adopted. Businesses can have the best of both worlds by using monoliths and applying microservices to them.

  • Web 3.0 Grows

Web 3.0 is the exciting name given to the next iteration of the internet. It is still largely debated, with no one knowing exactly what it will look like; it’s characterized chiefly by decentralized control through the blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and NFTs. It’s touted as its own mini-reality, something set apart from what we currently know. Speculation even goes so far as to discuss the addition of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. 

Web 3.0 will depend on tech giants and AI, allowing for more personalization with reportedly less reliance on 3rd parties like Google or Apple. 

  • Expansion of Cloud-Native Technologies

Flexibility is crucial in uncertain times, and the pandemic has demonstrated how necessary flexibility is.

Rather than relying on set locations and servers to access information, the cloud allows programs to be accessed anywhere. This is especially helpful in work-from-home situations. Companies across industries see the benefits of the cloud, moving toward solutions that will enable them to cut their overhead by eliminating servers and mandatory desk space.

  • GPT-3 Rises

Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 (GPT-3) is the next step in taking AI toward being indistinguishable from people. It is a Generative Artificial Intelligence (GAI) model that yields a nearly identical text to human speech. It does this through machine learning.

Currently, GAI contributes just 1% of text, but it’s projected to shoot to 10% within 3 short years. 

GPT-3 is exciting because of its ability to learn almost without human input. It’s poised to impact virtually any industry, from code generation to the acceleration of daily writing tasks.

As its abilities expand, more people will move toward this exciting technology, expanding its breadth.

  • Personalization Through the Internet of Things (IoT)

The IoT refers to how machines can connect to each other, allowing for communication, automation, and machine learning. This extends to everything from your smartwatch to your smart fridge or TV to even applications in the medical field like pacemakers or insulin pumps. 

Currently, 30 billion devices are connected, and the number is expected to shoot to 125 billion by 2030.

IoT analytics already help in personalized shopping and contactless payments. Exploration is being conducted on how to further the use of the IoT in retail through wearables. The applications in healthcare alone are exciting, giving people more control over the world around them than ever before.

  • DevSecOps and Security Measures

The proliferation of cloud services and movements toward Web 3.0 highlights the importance of web security. Previously, physical security was fundamental- restricting access to physical servers and engaging in counter-measures. Now that more of the internet is decentralized, security is more complicated and, therefore, more critical. 

Cyber security is increasingly seen as a business risk instead of a technological risk, which means DevSecOps must strengthen the cybersecurity mesh. Security tools, methodologies, and tools are being deployed into every stage of online technologies.

  • Growth in Edge

Edge technologies currently process 10% of data generated by enterprises. Edge computing is what makes Smart devices so smart. This puts Edge computing at the forefront of the growth of the IoT. As IoT grows, so too will Edge. 

Edge also impacts secure access service edge (SASE) systems, used for the compliance of things like payment terminals. As online shopping and Web 3.0 gain momentum, these technologies will become more crucial.

The Trends to Follow Into the Future

Interconnectivity, the next step of the internet, and increased cloud use are only 3 side effects of the changes we will see coming soon. These trends are gaining speed quickly and are where tech companies and developers need to position themselves to optimize their growth in the coming years.