The Future of Digital Infrastructure
The Future of Digital Infrastructure

The Future of Digital Infrastructure

I love future predictions. They are generally filled with hope and the promise of something better. Something new and exciting. It is this rapid progress that makes the information technology industry the best industry to work in (in my humble opinion). We have more advancements than any other industry. This fact also makes the IT industry the most challenging industry to be involved in, as you constantly need to be educating yourself on the latest technologies, strategies, and methodologies. If you do not like learning or studying, then this industry is certainly not for you. Let’s have a look at the latest predictions on IT Infrastructure.

The International Data Corporation’s (IDC) recently released their top 10 predictions for the Future of Digital Infrastructure. These predictions point to a digital infrastructure strategy that addresses resiliency and trust; data-driven operational complexity; and business outcomes-driven sourcing and autonomous operations. Certainly, a future that addresses most of the concerns businesses have in operating in this cloud-first infrastructure world we live in today.

The top 10 predictions from the Worldwide Future of Digital Infrastructure 2022 report are:

  • Prediction 1: By 2023, G2000 leaders will prioritize business objectives over infrastructure choice, deploying 50% of new strategic workloads using vendor-specific APIs that add value but reduce workload portability.
  • Prediction 2: In 2023, over 80% of the G2000 will cite business resiliency to drive verifiable infrastructure supply chain integrity as a mandatory and non-negotiable vendor evaluation criterion.
  • Prediction 3: By 2023, most C-suite leaders will implement business-critical KPIs tied to data availability, recovery, and stewardship as rising levels of cyber-attacks expose the scale of data at risk.
  • Prediction 4: By 2024, 75% of G2000 digital infrastructure RFPs will require vendors to prove progress on ESG/Sustainability initiatives with data, as CIOs rely on infrastructure vendors to help meet ESG goals.
  • Prediction 5: By 2024, due to an explosion of edge data, 65% of the G2000 will embed edge-first data stewardship, security, and network practices into data protection plans to integrate edge data into relevant processes.
  • Prediction 6: By 2025, a 6x explosion in high dependency workloads leads to 65% of G2000 firms using consistent architectural governance frameworks to ensure compliance reporting and audit of their infrastructure.
  • Prediction 7: By 2025, 60% of enterprises will fund LOB and IT projects through OPEX budgets, matching how vendors provide their services with a focus on outcomes that are determined by SLAs and KPIs.
  • Prediction 8: By 2025, 70% of companies will invest in alternative computing technologies to drive business differentiation by compressing time to value of insights from complex data sets.
  • Prediction 9: By 2026, 90% of G2000 CIOs will use AIOps solutions to drive automated remediation and workload placement decisions that include cost and performance metrics, improving resiliency and agility.
  • Prediction 10: By 2026, mid-market companies will shift 65% of infrastructure spending from traditional channels towards more app-centric trusted advisors.

These predictions are not in the usual five to ten year time but are expected to occur within the next two to 4 years. Indeed, I have seen many organizations demanding verified business resiliency due to the requirements placed on them as part of the supply chain. This is where the strength of the hyperscale clouds like AWS, Microsoft and Google becomes very evident. Suppliers can leverage off their governance standards to ensure alignment with the customers’ requirements.

In summary, the predictions point to organizations investing in and promoting a digital-first culture that leverages trusted industry ecosystems and clouds like the ones mentioned above. We can expect to see a continuation of the growth of these clouds for many years into the future.


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