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5 Industries Undergoing Digitization Changes in 2020

By: Kayla Matthews on January 13, 2020

We're experiencing a digital revolution. Industries are handling more information than ever before, while advanced technology like AI and big data analysis requires significant upgrades to available computing power. All this has meant significant changes for data centers — which have, at times, struggled to keep up with the growing demand.

2020 is likely to look a lot like previous years, as industries continue to adopt more advanced technologies and further digitize records and business processes.

Here are five industries changing their approach to digital in 2020 — and how digitization in each will affect data centers.


The rise of Industry 4.0 will continue to gain speed throughout 2020. Factories of all sizes are likely to adopt new industrial IoT platforms and devices — as well as modern robotics, like cobots — that will have manufacturers demanding more processing power and data storage than ever before.

Factories will also need more robust networks or telecommunications infrastructure to handle the rapid and constant transfer of data required by dense industrial IoT fleets, such as those seen in smart factories.

Data centers should be prepared to work with inadequate factory networks or adapt to new technologies that can provide fast enough speeds for the industry. Center administrators should also be ready to adopt new technology that will work best with complex IoT networks, like edge computing network architectures.


Through 2020, digitization is most likely to impact the healthcare industry by changing how it keeps its data organized. Over the past few years, this sector has been undergoing a major digital shift. Even small practices have begun centralizing and standardizing patient records so they can be organized, monitored and analyzed by advanced electronic medical record systems. These changes are likely to continue through 2020. 

Industry experts also predict that 2020 will be the first year where we see widespread adoption of AI-powered health technology.

Like other sectors, the healthcare industry will likely need access to more storage and processing power over the year. Administrators will focus on restructuring their data storage and adopting more advanced tools.


The sports industry has lagged behind others in terms of digital adoption. Now, however, this seems to be changing. 

Sports industry researchers are increasingly interested in looking for ways to apply digitization to the industry. They are primarily updating business processes and taking advantage of some of the benefits this can provide sports advertising. There is a focus on data collection using IoT devices, as well as personalized offers and targeted advertising that incorporates viewer information pulled from phones and smart TVs.

Oil and Gas

In 2020, further digitization is also likely to come to the oil and gas industry, which has been at times slow to adopt new technology.

New digital adoption in oil and gas will be primarily in better sensors, new IoT devices and advanced business data platforms. These technologies will be able to provide benefits like preventive maintenance of sensitive drilling equipment.

They can also streamline business processes by standardizing and digitizing data that may have otherwise been organized and updated by hand.At the same time, advancing technology will continue to improve oil exploration and enable the industry to exploit new sources of fossil fuels.

Data centers serving clients in oil and gas will need to be prepared for real-time analysis of a variety of information types and sources. Center administrators will also need to be ready for challenges like those caused by digitization in other industries. For example, they'll need to coordinate large and diverse IoT fleets while also storing and managing vast data pools.


Advances in autonomous driving tech, along with new uses of IoT networks — like managing environmental conditions inside trucks carrying sensitive cargo — will be some of the biggest changes in 2020 that demand more from data centers. 

Both will require greater available info storage, improved computing power and data center technology capable of coordinating vast numbers of individual devices.

How 2020's Digitization Trends May Impact Data Centers

The digital trends of 2020 are most likely to build on the momentum from 2019. As data becomes more valuable and central to business processes and analysis, various industries will continue to adopt new technologies — like IoT sensors and AI-powered analytics platforms.

Data centers will need to be ready for these changes. They will probably need to provide more data storage and processing power than ever before. In addition, finding innovative ways to efficiently manage communication between individual devices in rapidly growing IoT fleets will be vital.


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