When we wrote about the top 10 opportunities for technology companies last year, social distancing was the world’s main weapon against the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, thanks to vaccines, we are able to control the pandemic better, but the volatility in the markets has increased and the risk profile of global trade has deteriorated due to geopolitical events. This has impacted the list and following order of the opportunities for 2022.
Last year, demand shifted rapidly from traditional on-premise to cloud-based products and we have seen demand surge for the hardware needed to deliver services remotely. This has created supply chain constraints across the sector. Ongoing trade disputes, regulatory changes and government efforts to protect or stimulate high-tech activities are also having an impact. Companies need to be aware that implementation of new regulation can reshape markets overnight.
We believe that in a post-pandemic world, the technology sector will continue to grow as the digitalization of the economy will accelerate further. In this year’s annual report, EY has ranked the top 10 opportunities that technology companies should take advantage of in 2022. Acting on one or more of the following can help companies seize the opportunity for growth and navigate the risks and volatility in 2022.
1. Attract and retain a motivated workforce in a hybrid working environment
Finding the right talent has always been a major concern in the tech sector, but the pandemic has increased the urgency to address the issue. Companies investing in future growth need engineers in their research centers and salespeople to strengthen their salesforce. Most tech companies are currently talking about a staged and partial return to the office as they are trying to balance the needs and preferences of a modern workforce with the costs involved. A recent survey from EY shows that 9 out of 10 employees demand flexibility in where they work and when they work, and that they are prepared to quit if they don’t get it. But while employees may have mastered working from home, the hybrid model poses new challenges related to employee experience and culture. Employers must solve the puzzle of optimizing rewards, flexibility and experience to create a package that attracts and retains the best talents.