The beginning of a new year naturally draws our mind to the future. How will things be different? What can we do better?

Bask Iyer, CIO of VMware, shared his predictions of what’s on the horizon in the tech sphere — not just for 2020, but for the next five years.

Several of his educated guesses revolve around the continued evolution of the CIO role, which he sees becoming broader and less siloed. Iyer says he believes CIOs will become increasingly more responsible for enabling revenue generation — not merely overseeing company tech and cybersecurity. Expounding on the latter point, he says “the office of CIO will become the new guardians of corporate trust and reputation,” protecting consumer data and relationships.

As we at TechOrchard think about the challenges and opportunities facing our clients, this comes as no surprise. It’s why when we talk about things like stakeholder access to data, employee buy-in to technology policies and procedures, and the overall employee experience, we are examining issues underpinned by relationships that are essential to driving business growth through the development of what Iyer calls organizations’ “own unique digital DNA.”

Iyer also predicts that “digital employee experience will become a huge differentiator to attract and retain talent.” EX is one topic we’ve already seen creep toward the forefront of many companies’ priorities. Recent market research found that 80 percent of senior IT and business leaders believe their employees can’t do their jobs effectively without a smartphone and that the top Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) tools balance employee experience with safety and security. VMware’s Workspace ONE is a leader in employee experience, and Tech Orchard works with companies of all types to implement this market-leading UEM solution.

We also have heard from many clients who feel growing concern about how to secure confidential information at all endpoints. The proliferation of technology tools only continues to exacerbate this struggle. Tech Orchard helps companies address this by implementing VMware’s Workspace ONE to limit exposure.

In addition to these predictions, Iyer touches on blockchain, multi-cloud solutions, edge computing, 5G and artificial intelligence. Dive into those topics in his blog.

As we get further into 2020 and the next half-decade, we’re excited to see how the rest of Iyer’s predictions shape our world and the ways we do business. Contact Tech Orchard to help your company prepare for its digital future.