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IT and UPS Predictions for 2020

Published by Lee Kelly on 05 December 2019

2020 is upon us, and research firms are starting to put out IT and UPS predictions for the new year. We want you to know all about the hottest upcoming trends in both sectors, so we compiled a comprehensive prediction list. You'll be able to use this list to plan for future upgrades to your business going into 2020.

Critical Power Supplies 2020 IT and UPS Predictions

IT Predictions for 2020

The IT world is constantly changing and shifting as technology evolves. A number of predictions indicate that the next shifts will see the IT world becoming more energy-efficient, and there will be a more significant focus on remote monitoring. For companies with smaller budget or space constraints, remote monitoring is exciting news.

Brexit, the UK and Data Privacy Guidelines

In 2020, if all goes as planned, the UK will leave the EU and the union's mandated General Data Protection Regulations (EU GDPR), and will be subject to the amended UK GDRP guidelines instead. Depending on when the final withdrawal actually takes place, and on whether the eventual Brexit is "hard" or a "soft", business owners can expect to transfer to the new regulatory regime at some point between early 2020 and early 2021.

The UK GDPR will require an active consent ahead of data collection, and will also outlaw gathering more data than necessary or keeping it for extended amounts of time. This will impact marketing and customer retention strategies. IT and legal services will combine to help companies across the UK understand the different compliance regulations while setting action plans in place to stay in compliance.

Remote Monitoring Will Take Centre Stage

Remote monitoring is already gaining traction across the healthcare field and looks set to spread to other industries. The size of the market is expected to grow to $31.3 billion (£24.11 billion) by 2023 for healthcare applications alone.

Beyond healthcare, this type of monitoring could be critical across a number of different industries because it allows a single staff member to manage thousands of different endpoints from a centralised location. Remote monitoring takes a proactive approach to maintain IT networks, rather than a reactive one, meaning less downtime, fewer chances of malware attacks, boosted efficiency, and improved client experience.

Industry Apps Will Explode in Popularity

The International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that app development will explode in popularity, starting in 2020 and continuing beyond 2023. The prediction is that companies across multiple industries will develop and deploy over 500 million digital services and apps.

Further predictions say these companies will use a cloud-native approach, and the companies will target their apps for industry-specific uses. For example, healthcare will use telemedicine services to reach more patients in their homes, and online portals will give patient's access to their medical records through their smartphones.

Artificial Intelligence Will Continue to Evolve

Today, if you were to ask most people if they ever interacted with artificial intelligence, many would mention chatbots. While these rudimentary systems are not exactly artificial intelligence, companies are working toward developing and embedding more sophisticated AI into their apps and processes.

By 2025, market predictions claim that at least 90% of all new enterprise apps will have artificial intelligence embedded in the app's framework. Looking forward to 2024, the IDC predicts that half of all user interface interactions will harness artificial intelligence-enabled computer speech, vision, AR/VR and natural language processing.

Integrated Cloud Management

Integrated cloud management systems are popular with larger companies today, but their popularity will continue to rise into 2020. By 2022, roughly 70% of enterprises will have integrated cloud management into their company. These enterprises will use a multi-cloud or hybrid system.

Also, by 2022, more than 40% of the organisations' cloud deployments will incorporate edge computing into their processes. Edge computing will help organisations avoid bandwidth bottlenecks, allow them to process data quicker, and reduce any latency the organisation experiences.

Organisations Will Focus on Employee Cybersecurity Training

Hundreds of organisations plan to boost their employee cybersecurity training capabilities. The organisation's CISOs and CIOs will have to prove that cybersecurity is critical for all employees, and not just those on security teams.

Research shows that the worldwide total for security-related software, services and hardware reached $106.6 billion in 2019, and this total represented an increase of 10.7% over the previous year. By 2023, this number is predicted to increase to $151.2 billion, thanks to growth in categories such as consulting services, security services, IT education, IT training, and managed security services.

UPS Predictions for 2020

2020 will be the year that companies finally begin to build the stable foundations needed to focus on eco-friendly changes. While 2019 was all about digital transformation, 2020 is all about going green and being eco-friendly.

Integrating Lithium-Ion (Rechargeable) Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are predicted to see a steady demand growth into 2020 at a rate of 22%. These batteries come with a host of benefits that are quickly catching on. For example, they're high-density energy batteries. This means that they can run longer between charges while giving the vehicle more power at the same time.

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There are several different types available and they're relatively low maintenance. Many come with a battery indicator light, and they charge quickly. In a fast-paced environment, this quick charging can help keep you ahead of the competition.

Renewed Focus on Energy Efficiency

The green movement is quickly spreading across organisations and industries in the UK and around the world. Organisations are starting to search for energy-efficient power alternatives like uninterrupted power supplies (UPS).

The Department of Energy put the Climate Change's Enhanced Capital Allowance system in place that rewards organisations for using energy-efficient equipment. The rewards come in the form of tax breaks. This demand, coupled with the probability of high costs for energy, are pushing UPSs to have a higher efficiency rating. In 2020, this rating has predictions to go from 95 and 96% up to 97% and up.

Bottom Line

The industry will continue to evolve and change heading into 2020. If you'd like to implement a UPS system or if you have questions, contact us today!