Innovations in Hybrid Cloud, 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and intelligent PCs will strengthen the resilience of businesses and organisations as they look to rebuild and transform in the next twelve months.

The forecast for 2021 by Dell Technologies come as they unveiled their top five technology predictions for the new year.

The company predicts that the pace of digital transformation will accelerate further in 2021. New investments in technology over the coming year will enable organisations in the public and private sectors to sustain a hybrid workforce over the long-term with a mixture of in-office and at-home employees.

The predictions comes following a year in which companies in the south of the country have harnessed the power of technology to remain agile.

According to the latest Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index survey of business leaders, 80% of companies globally fast-tracked their digital transformation projects since the onset of the pandemic.

Top 5 Predictions

The top technology predictions from Dell Technologies include:

Prediction 1

Hybrid Cloud will support a hybrid workforce – Over the next year, investments in cloud operating models across public, private and edge environments will continue to grow as companies embrace hybrid working.

This will change the way organisations manage technology with the emergence of IT-as-a-Service, giving rise to simpler and faster IT choices for businesses to meet the demands of their digital present and future.

Prediction 2

New Edge opportunities will come into focus – The increase in remote working and learning combined with data-powered smart applications means highly-distributed data workloads that need to be managed and analysed in real-time at the Edge. Fuelled by 5G, the ability to analyse and act on data insights at the Edge will see the growth of e-commerce and digital business apps.

Prediction 3

Acceleration of 5G to provide unprecedented levels of connectivity – 5G is rapidly becoming the digital fabric of the data era as it extends the cloud operating model to the Edge to deliver widespread connectivity.

In 2021, mobile network operators will accelerate their investments in modern IT that “cloudifies” their network architecture, bringing us closer to the kind of widespread connectivity and edge processing that 5G technology makes possible.

Prediction 4

Intelligent PCs will adapt to needs of hybrid working – As people adapt to new hybrid working and learning, AI, Cloud and greater connectivity will merge to improve device user experience next year.

These intelligent PCs will allow new apps and services to launch that make collaboration within teams working in the office or at home easier and more organic.

Prediction 5

Technology will enable a new age of human transformation – 2021 will see a technology-driven society emerge that places greater value on trust, empathy, patience and flexibility.

This will help to transform how we work – which will be an outcome, not a place – as well as how people receive healthcare, students are educated and how society creates a more sustainable future.