A Recap of the UK IT Landscape in 2023

Published on 09 January 2024

In the dynamic and ever-changing UK business-to-business (B2B) IT landscape, 2023 has proven to be a transformative journey characterised by notable challenges and successes. From pioneering technological advancements to unforeseen obstacles, the sector has navigated a course that left a lasting impact on businesses across the UK. This blog will explore the positive developments in the IT sector during 2023 and their impact on the UK workforce.

Advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI was a central topic throughout 2023, encompassing discussions on both the potential risks and ground-breaking advancements. The UK witnessed significant strides in AI, particularly in natural language processing, computer vision, and machine learning. The integration of AI technologies across sectors such as finance, logistics, and healthcare elevated operational efficiency and decision-making processes, offering innovative solutions for B2B organisations.

During our Darktrace event in 2023, we highlighted the positive impact of their AI cybersecurity solution, which effectively combats cyber disruptions. Learn more about Darktrace here.

5G Revolution

The widespread rollout of 5G networks in the UK has brought about a substantial transformation in connectivity and communication for B2B enterprises. This technology not only ensures faster internet speeds but also serves as the backbone for the Internet of Things (IoT), providing businesses with increased connectivity and paving the way for more streamlined operations.

The rollout of fast 5G connections has led to hybrid WiFi solutions, utilising 5G as a backup for continuous business-critical connectivity. However, the increase in employees using personal devices while working remotely raises security concerns. To address this, we've scheduled a webinar with Jamf for Q1 2024 on securing employee devices and dispelling myths around MDM on personal tech. Find more information here.

Remote Work Evolution Here to Stay!

In response to the 2020 pandemic, firms quickly embraced remote work, leading to a permanent shift towards a remote/hybrid working structure. After stabilising, many companies re-evaluated their collaborative tools in 2023, looking at virtual meeting platforms, and cybersecurity measures to facilitate seamless remote collaboration. These technical changes have allowed for the transformation of traditional business operations to adapt to the evolving work culture.

IT Storage and Data Management

In 2023, the B2B sector faced a transformative wave as businesses grappled with an unprecedented surge in data storage requirements. This shift marked a fundamental change where companies realised they were becoming media entities, handling diverse digital assets from high-resolution images to extensive social media content. This surge prompted businesses to re-evaluate their data storage strategies, recognising the need for robust, scalable solutions.

Significant advancements in storage technologies emerged, offering businesses flexible cloud storage, on-premises solutions, and accessible public storage options. The synergy between the data explosion and advanced storage technologies will continue to reshape the UK landscape. Trams|Econocom's commitment to providing tailored storage solutions, along with strategic alliances, positions the company as a prime facilitator for businesses navigating the complexities of the data-centric era. Read more about Trams|Econocom achieving Quantum’s EMEA Partner of the Year for a record 10th time here.

Audio-Visual Market and Econocom's Gather Launch

November witnessed a significant development in the UK Audio-Visual market with the launch of Gather by Econocom. Gather is the new European AV business solutions provider, created to meet the increasing demands for cutting-edge audio-visual technologies, providing businesses with comprehensive solutions to enhance communication and collaboration.

Alongside meeting room collaboration, the AV market is experiencing a significant uptake in immersive experiences across the venue and events market, along with outdoor signage and digital displays for sports, media, and entertainment. All contribute to the considerable rate of growth predicted in the industry. Find out more about Gather here.