Top technology priorities for 2020

Top technology priorities for 2020

New year, new tech plans. CIOs are now bracing themselves for the upcoming IT industry trends, developments, and concerns of 2020.

In today’s digitized landscape, not having a technology strategy can make your company lag behind. Technologies that streamline the consumer experience and allow faster product delivery are now available — all it takes is proper adoption, prioritization, and planning to get your business on board.

Let’s take a look at the top four tech priorities that will keep your company IT-relevant and up to speed for the new decade ahead.

Hiring the right talent

Successful execution of tech-related projects and IT strategies first requires qualified recruits. After all, those you hire are responsible for delivering your priorities and spurring innovation in the workplace. The right people offer creative solutions and new insights on existing systems, helping you drive both cultural and technological change.

In a 2019 survey by Robert Half International, 80% of 2,800 US-based employers considered recruiting tech talent a prominent challenge, with specifically high demand for those in data and analytics.

Retraining existing hires is also a new-decade priority, with CIOs preparing their teams to handle new tech trends, practices, and industry developments.

Investing in Cybersecurity

No matter how small or large a business, it pays to have quality cybersecurity.

Data breaches in the United States struck 4.1 billion records in the first half of 2019 alone, with over 21,887 victims hailing from Florida.

With high-profile attacks and sophisticated hacks at a sharp incline, companies have placed security on top of their 2020 IT agendas. This includes continuous research on potential threats and hacker methods, implementing advanced safeguards and security practices to ensure high-level data protection, and raising security awareness among and providing proper tools and training for employees.

According to Netwrix’s IT Trends report for 2020, data security takes the top spot among tech priorities for 74% of respondents — 90% of whom are CIOs and security officers. Fifty-one percent agreed that cybersecurity awareness within the workplace needs to be improved.

Embracing AI and machine learning

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the way of the future. Most advanced technologies have now applied AI and machine learning (ML) to automate the analysis, design, measurement, and monitoring of regular tasks and processes. In fact, businesses can acquire a deeper look into customer behavior and find ways to maximize operational efficiency.

Also, many companies are already incorporating machines designed to automate repetitive and mundane tasks involved in accounting, supply chain management, and other administrative jobs. By eliminating these tasks, employees can focus their time on more substantial work that requires creative (and human) input.

Companies will continue to embrace AI and ML trends by upskilling their employees to keep up with these developments. It’s imperative to demonstrate the benefits of these new technologies across the business to fully engage company stakeholders and have them all on board.

Cloud computing

Cloud computing has continuously dominated IT trends (and the market) in recent times, with 90% of companies currently on the cloud, and the industry projected to hit $411 billion by the end of the year.

With its ability to reduce IT costs by alleviating the need for physical storage devices, allow streamlined collaboration, and enable remote access and scalable options, cloud computing will continue to be leveraged by most companies. Advanced, flexible solutions such as cloud AI environments, hybrid cloud models, and the distributed cloud are now available, allowing existing cloud users to upgrade their tools and systems as necessary to further maximize productivity and business value.

Is your business equipped for the new decade?

Innovative IT strategies maintain your business’s competitive edge. Fortunately, you don’t need to implement these alone. Roebuck Technologies offers companies across many industries with IT consulting services to keep you on top of the latest trends, resources, and practices of today’s technological landscape. Receive actionable, modern solutions for improving your IT infrastructure and aligning your security and telecommunications systems to your specific business objectives.

Stay relevant in today’s digital landscape — enquire about our services today.

Doug Coleman

Doug Coleman

Chief Operating Officer

Doug possesses over 20 years of expertise in corporate finance, information systems, logistics, supply chain management and competitive strategies. He has served in executive management not only for The Roebuck Group, but also Commercial Carrier Corporation, a nationwide transportation and logistics provider. Additionally, he served in senior management at Vology, a global value-added reseller of technology solutions. Doug earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Florida as well as a Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson University College of Law.