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2022 Technology Trends Every CIO Needs to Pay Attention To

2022 technology trends


If you’re still only using on-premise applications in your technology stack, you’re about to be left behind. SaaS use is growing and is the way of the future for successful businesses.

In fact, Gartner forecasts spending on public cloud services to reach $483 billion in 2022. By 2026, SaaS spending will account for more than 45% of all enterprise IT spending.

Cloud-based software is proliferating faster than expected. While companies were planning to slowly transition to the cloud just a few years ago, they’re realizing that they need to accelerate those changes now.

To help you stay ahead of the curve, we put together a list of five predictions for 2022 technology trends—including the rise of the next CIO and the evolution of SaaS Management.

The 2022 Technology Trends to Watch for

The pandemic accelerated the growth of SaaS purchases—and it’s not just Zoom calls we’re talking about, here. Companies now rely on everything from Human Capital Management to digital gifting as they look to support their hybrid workforce and customer base. As more people look to the flexibility of remote work, companies must prepare for a new digital and distributed workforce. Let’s jump into the 2022 technology trends you should pay attention to.

Tech Trend #1: The Future of Work is Digital

Nearly any work that could be done digitally, went digital at the start of the pandemic. While we may end up back in the office someday, the likely bet is that we’re entering a new age of hybrid and remote work. That’s because the meaning of work has changed from pre-pandemic times.

“The importance of flexibility in the workplace of the future is key in combating what’s called the Great Resignation”

– Helen Kupp, Future Forum Data, SaaSMe CIO Panel

Creating a digital workplace, where remote workers can effectively collaborate in the cloud, is part of how SaaS will become crucial in the future. Your job is no longer tied to a physical office, because “work isn’t a place you go, it’s what you do,” says Bret Taylor, President and COO at Salesforce.

As we all adjust to the new normal, these changes come with their own set of challenges in 2022 as companies work to adapt to a digitally driven workforce.

Tech Trend #2: Digital Transformation Becomes Digital Maturity

The process of digital transformation is also evolving. 2022 brings a new mandate to become a digitally mature organization that can handle the complexities of a distributed workforce. To accomplish this, you must effectively manage your technology stack and focus on establishing a foundation for your digital success.

To make the shift and drive digital transformation without letting your costs run rampant, start tracking usage and cost metrics like:

  • Cost of SaaS per employee
  • Adoption and utilization
  • Overlap and duplicate functionality

As SaaS continues to grow, one thing is for sure about this IT trend in 2022 – only the digitally dexterous will succeed in the future.

Tech Trend #3: The Rise of the Next CIO

A new type of CIO is emerging to manage our increasingly digital and cloud-based workplace. This progressive CIO will become a central leader in the greater organization as they juggle the challenges that come with the “new normal.”

Their main priorities are:

  • Ensuring equal access to technology, information, and opportunity for all employees across a distributed setting.
  • Creating an optimal work experience for employees that reduces Zoom fatigue and SaaS burnout while minimizing lost productivity.
  • Optimizing business and introducing efficiencies by removing the risk of human errors and building a culture of automation to free teams from manual tasks and allow them to focus on strategic thinking.

The next CIO also needs to build a close working relationship with their organization’s CFO. The goal is to introduce a shift from viewing IT as a cost center to viewing it as a revenue generator for the business by recouping operational costs.

According to Kathryn Guarini, CIO at IBM, CIOs are helping “drive innovation to break down silos across the organization and create new value streams.” The key here? Stop operating IT as a silo. “They serve as connectors across business functions and are engaging more with the CEOs to develop technology strategies that drive agility and efficiency, and ultimately, lead to business growth,” Guarani concludes.

Tech Trend #4: IT Becomes Further Embedded In the Business

The past two years forced companies to respond to external changes in the workforce, including the rising demand for remote work and the ability for customers to do business virtually. For 2022, they can start focusing on strategic alignment between IT and the business.

Here is where the progressive CIO will bring IT teams out into the business to support and collaborate with other departments. Instead of the disconnect that brings about shadow IT, we’re seeing a new framework where IT is a true organizational enabler, instead of a gatekeeper for the tools business units need to accomplish their work.

Tech Trend #5: Cloud Growth Is Unstoppable & Strategic Software Asset Management Teams Must Evolve

For decades, entire departments and Software Asset Management teams were tasked with managing on-premise licenses and making sure they were being used.

Today, SaaS use is growing so quickly that it will become the majority of all software in the next three years, according to Bessemer Venture Partners. By providing great products that give organizations purpose built solutions for their problems, Cloud (from hosting data to implementing SaaS) has become the next pillar of technology.

As SaaS becomes the dominant technology, we’ll need a new type of Software Asset Management professional. This SaaS Manager can help teams stay strategic and provide value to the business by managing and optimizing systems for the long term.

These SaaS specialists will help organizations manage adoption, optimization, and even reduce risk—supporting the new CIO’s vision every step of the way.

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