Quest Looks Ahead to Trends in 2023

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Looking ahead to a new year several experts at Quest are offering their predictions for 2023:

New data sovereignty laws will spur businesses to make data more visible and interoperable 

We expect to see businesses take a more proactive role in creating their own data governance policies amid the current wave of regulatory action. The current global patchwork of data sovereignty and privacy laws has made it more complicated than ever for businesses to create consistent policies on data sharing, integration and compliance. This will continue to have a significant impact on organizations’ ability to maximize the use of data across their IT infrastructure, unless they put together clear plans for data integration and governance. In 2023, the passing of more data sovereignty and sharing laws will spur businesses to invest in getting visibility into their data and creating clear plans for sharing and integration across their IT landscape. –Danny Sandwell, senior solutions strategist, Quest

Data centers will lead across industry re: energy saving, sustainability

Over the next year, data centers—not green policy or regulation—will become a primary driver for energy storage innovation, as organizations look to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The IT sector and its computer power (especially data centers) may contribute as much as 3% of carbon emissions worldwide. In 2023, data centers will increasingly modernize their technology through green energy not only to cut down on emissions, but also to keep the economy moving. In addressing the 3% of total carbon emissions worldwide that the IT sector and its compute power is responsible for, data centers will have the opportunity to set an example of efficient action across the industry. They’ll do this through a number of tactics, including alternate energy harvesting tactics, increasingly installing wind and solar panels on their own property to increase self-sufficiency and utilizing their environments to reduce the power required to cool their systems. We also expect that in 2023, as automation within data centers becomes more efficient and self-operating, data centers will be able to decrease emissions even more in day-to-day operations.—Michael O’Donnell, senior analyst, Quest

More scrutiny over M&A will empower boards to prioritize security in deals 

In 2023, security will become a board- and C-level priority when it comes to M&A planning. Because market growth has significantly slowed down, deals have also slowed, and companies have the opportunity to be more selective in their acquisition choices. We expect that business leaders will pay more attention to preventing security risk via due diligence. Deals no longer need to happen as quickly as they once did, allowing more time for businesses to mull over security risks instead of focussing on moving data and other valuables into the system quickly. This will both prevent businesses from making risky M&A moves as well as make the deals that go through easier go complete, by making IT integration efforts more secure, regulated and consistent.—Bryan Patton, principal strategic systems consultant, Quest