year in review

Was 2021 Better than 2020?

2020 was the year that changed us all. 2021 continued that change while people grasped for the beauty of normalcy in the midst of it all. For enterprise IT, one boogeyman persisted (cyber-attacks including ransomware). Another constant, hybrid environments and cloud iterations, is the ongoing struggle with lots of options. The ongoing theme of adaptation is that drumbeat that isn’t stopping.

At GroupID, we continue to focus on what we do best: helping our customers perform better at what they do. How?

Through automating how Groups and Users in Directory Services are managed. GroupID’s dependability means IT could focus on more pressing issues.

GroupID automates Group and User management in Active Directory, Azure AD, and Microsoft 365. Easy Peasy. As a result:

  • GroupID received a Gartner Peer Insights Software Review rating of 4.7/5.
  • 96% of Gartner respondents would recommend our software.
  • Add to that a 99% approval rating for our technical support by existing customers.

GroupID’s rock-solid performance provides the stability you can depend on. In 2022, we’ll release a new version of our software that will blow away the market. (Shhhh, don’t mention this to our product gurus as it’s not ready just yet). So, Imanami 2021 Year in Review involves looking ahead of disrupting technologies that trended in 2021.

2021 and Beyond: Looking Ahead at Technology

For all of us on the technology rocket ship, there’s a lot to look forward to as emerging technologies begin to blossom, and out of that will arrive a lot of opportunities. Overall, it’s the technology innovation platforms we’re talking about. All of the items on the list below are, in many ways, at the beginning.
Here’s a shortlist of seven technologies that trended in 2021:

  1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning
  2. Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
  3. Edge Computing
  4. Quantum Computing
  5. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
  6. Blockchain
  7. Internet of Things (IoT) with an assist by 5G

AI and Machine Learning

The AI market will develop to a $190 billion industry by 2025, with worldwide spending on psychological and AI frameworks coming to more than $57 billion.

Forrester predicts AI, machine learning, and robotization will make 9% of new U.S. occupations by 2025, including robot observing experts, information researchers, robotization trained professionals, and substance caretakers, making it another innovation pattern you should remember as well!

Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

RPA utilizes programming to computerize business cycles like deciphering applications, handling exchanges, and managing information. RPA mechanizes dull errands that individuals used to do.

Even though Forrester Research gauges RPA mechanization will undermine the business of 230 million or more information laborers or around 9% of the worldwide labor force, RPA is likewise making new positions while modifying existing ones.

Edge (Hybrid) Computing

Edge computing takes place in intelligent devices — right at the location where sensors and other instruments are gathering and processing data — to expedite that processing before devices connect to the Internet of Things (IoT) and send the data for further use by enterprise applications and personnel.

What is Edge Computing?

Edge computing is a broad term that refers to a highly distributed computing framework that moves compute and storage resources closer to the exact point needed. So they’re available at the moment they’re needed.

Edge computing companies provide solutions that reduce latency, speeds processing, optimize bandwidth, and introduce entirely different features and capabilities that aren’t possible with data centers. The ability to process data analytics on an edge network enables crucial features and capabilities for advanced digital frameworks, including the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This includes IoT software, highly integrated supply chains, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), mobile connectivity, virtual reality and augmented reality, digital twins, robotics, 3D fabrication, medical devices, autonomous vehicles, connected video cameras, smart home automation, and much more.

Although conventional servers, storage, and cloud computing continue to play a crucial role in computing, edge technologies are radically redefining business and life. By moving data processing at or near the source of data generation, edge devices become more competent, and they’re able to handle tasks that would have been unimaginable only a few years ago. This data fuels real-time insights and applications ranging from sleep tracking and ridesharing to the condition of a drilling bit on an oil rig.

By 2022, the worldwide edge market is estimated to reach $6.72 billion.

Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing is a type of processing that exploits quantum marvels like superposition and quantum trap. This stunning innovation pattern is likewise engaged with forestalling the spread of the Covid and fostering possible immunizations because of its capacity to effectively inquiry, screen, break down and follow up on information, paying little heed to the source.

Quantum PCs are currently a large number of occasions quicker than ordinary PCs, and gigantic brands like Splunk, Honeywell, Microsoft, AWS, Google, and numerous others are presently associated with making developments in the field of Quantum Computing.

The incomes for the worldwide quantum processing market are projected to outperform $2.5 billion by 2029. Furthermore, to make an imprint in this new moving innovation, you need to have insight into quantum mechanics, straight polynomial math, likelihood, data hypothesis, and machine learning.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), and Extended Reality (ER). These technologies are not just for gamers anymore with heavy investments from Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Apple, etc. Covid helped to focus attention on it as the “flatness” of Teams, Zoom, etc., became apparent during covid.

VR inundates the client in a climate while AR upgrades their current circumstance. Both are being used for training, such as with VirtualShip, a reenactment programming used to train U.S. Naval force, Army, and Coast Guard transport captains.

In 2022, we can expect these innovations to be incorporated into our lives. Generally, AR and VR have massive potential in training, entertainment, instruction, advertising, and even restoration after a physical issue.


Although the vast majority consider blockchain corresponding to cryptographic forms of money like Bitcoin, blockchain offers helpful security from multiple points of view. In the most straightforward of terms, blockchain can be depicted as information you can add to, not detract from or change.

More types of businesses are moving into blockchain, and as they continue to innovate in this space, the need for experienced practitioners will increase. From a 10,000 foot perspective, a blockchain engineer has practical experience in creating and executing design and arrangements utilizing blockchain innovation. To get into Blockchain, you need to have insight into programming dialects, the basics of OOPS, level and social information bases, information structures, web application improvement, and systems administration.

Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT is beginning to pick up steam and grow. Many “things” are presently being worked with WiFi availability, which means they can be associated with the Internet—and to one another—subsequently, the Internet of Things, or IoT.

The Internet of Things is the future and has effectively empowered gadgets, home machines, vehicles, and substantially more to be associated with and trade information over the Internet. IoT can empower better security, effectiveness, and organization dynamics as information is gathered and broken down. It can empower proactive maintenance, accelerate clinical consideration, improve client assistance, and offer advantages we haven’t envisioned at this point.

What’s more, we’re just in the early phases of this innovation pattern: Forecasts recommend that by 2030 around 50 billion of these IoT gadgets will be being used throughout the planet, making a monstrous trap of interconnected gadgets spreading over everything from cell phones to kitchen appliances.

The worldwide spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) is predicted to grow to $1.1 trillion U.S. dollars in 2022. New advancements, for example, 5G, are required to drive market development in the coming years.


IoT is possible because of 5G. Where 3G and 4G advances have empowered us to peruse the web, use information-driven administrations, expand transfer speeds for real-time on Spotify or YouTube considerably more, 5G administrations are relied upon to reform our lives. by empowering administrations that depend on cutting edge innovations like AR and VR, close by cloud-based gaming administrations like Google Stadia, NVidia GeForce Now and considerably more.

It is relied upon to be utilized in production lines, HD cameras that improve security and traffic for the executives, savvy framework control, and brilliant retail.

Almost every telecom organization like Verizon, T-Mobile, Apple, Nokia Corp, Qualcomm is presently making 5G applications.

New Technology Trends and One Solution to Succeed in Them

These seven innovation platforms offer promising professional possibilities now and for a long time to come. Furthermore, other functionalities will be built upon these platforms and push us in directions we can’t yet anticipate.

GroupID by Imanami will be behind these technologies in Groups and Users. Managing access to resources, making sure people are in the right place with the correct privileges is what GroupID is all about. Build your future with us in your corner for a more secure and productive today and tomorrow.

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Since 2012, Jonathan Blackwell, an engineer and innovator, has provided engineering leadership that has put GroupID at the forefront of group and user management for Active Directory and Azure AD environments. His experience in development, marketing, and sales allows Jonathan to fully understand the Identity market and how buyers think.

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