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Top 10 Digital Transformation Trends for 2021

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Top 10 Digital Transformation Trends for 2021


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Trends in digital transformation are steaming ahead despite the pandemic crisis – and often getting a boost from it.

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The year 2020 defied predictions, and it certainly caused some unexpected trends in digital transformation. It caused some technologies that had been underway for years to gain speed, and moved others that were still in their infancy center stage. Looking toward 2021, Daniel Newman, principal analyst of Futurum Research and CEO of Broadsuite Media Group, sees continuity – and predicts a few surprises — as the much-changed world of work and life drives new and different technology demands.


Ten digital trends are set to move center stage in 2021 — cybersecurity being one of them.

Cyberattacks have exploded since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic: Cloud server attacks increased sixfold between January and April 2020, while attacks on banks more than tripled.

As companies beef up their cybersecurity measures, employees’ personal networks and devices also need better protection. Along with firewalls and intrusion detection, active directory, software and cloud security will play a part.

Confidential computing will gain steam.

Confidential computing is about encrypting entire computing processes rather than just data. Members of the Confidential Computing Consortium, which include Google, Microsoft, IBM, Alibaba and VMware, are laying the foundations for developments in confidential computing. The technology’s potential contributions to cybersecurity and protecting privacy in communications and data suggest that its use will become more widespread in 2021.

Headless tech will transform commerce.

Headless tech allows companies to improve customer experience by disconnecting the front end of sales...

About the Author

Daniel Newman is principal analyst at Futurum Research, CEO of Broadsuite Media Group and a regular contributor to Forbes and Entrepeneur.

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