From the proliferation of new technologies like 5G to forced adaptation caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, 2020 has been nothing if not transformative. Businesses have been made to deal with a year that has upset predictions, destroyed carefully-planned budgets, fractured supply chains, and made the future uncertain.

TechRepublic Premium regularly surveys IT professionals to get their opinions on a variety of topics, and these five research reports stood out as some of the most popular of 2020, and with good reason: They cover a wide range of topics relevant to the tumultuous past year and the challenges enterprises are likely to face as they continue to adapt to the future.

How 5G will transform business

5G may have hit the market in 2019, but 2020 was the year it finally became a practical part of the cellular infrastructure. This research report looks into how prepared enterprises are for the changes that 5G will bring, whether 5G will affect their  Internet of Things (IoT) plans, and what may be standing in the way of their 5G adoption.

Microservices bring faster app delivery and flexibility to enterprises

Microservices continue to grow as an alternative to traditional monolithic application design, but many businesses still haven’t adopted them. This report looks at microservice adoption trends and their benefits, and found that businesses getting on the microservice bandwagon have been mostly thrilled with the results.

How COVID-19 is affecting digital transformation plans

Businesses working on digital transformation initiatives likely had their plans derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This report looks at what has changed, what new priorities have arisen, how digital transformation vendors can do better, and how the pandemic will affect digital transformation plans in the years to come, among other topics of importance to those affected by the coronavirus.

Quantum computing in the enterprise: What's to come?

Quantum computing could make today’s intense business computations into tomorrow’s instantly-solved equation, but there’s a lot that needs to be done to help business leaders understand not only what quantum computing is, but how it can benefit their industries. This report aims to fill in the gaps in understanding that key decision makers may have over quantum computing and its benefits in the enterprise.