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Information Technology Trends of 2016
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Spiceworks Report 2016: What to Wait for In The IT World?
Main Trends of IT 2016:
- Companies’ revenue to grow
- IT budget to remain flat
- To make more with less
- Security concerns to increase
- Security investments to stay the same
- End of life of hardware – 2016 IT budget priority
On average, each company plans to increase IT spending by max $2000 (comparing 2015 and 2016, worldwide).
Result of responses:
- Budget remains flat 42%
- Plan to increase 38%
- Plan to decrease 10%
- Not sure 11%
The reason for such outcome is willingness to keep the cost low.
IT staff is not to increase either:
- No changes 59%
- Plan to increase 34%
- Plan to decrease 4%
- Not sure 3%
Let’s see predicted priorities in the 2016 IT budget.
- Hardware expenses 37%
- Software expenses 31%
- Cloud-based projects 14%
- Software expenses 13%
- Not sure 5%
Surprisingly, laptops are not to take the first place in 2016, instead of desktops.
Here is how hardware expenses are to be distributed:
- 21% desktops
- 19% servers
- 16% laptops
- 10% networking
- 6% external storage
- 6% mobile and tablets
Software expenses are divided more evenly:
- 15% goes to virtualization | OS | productivity
- 10% goes to CRM | backup | database
- 9% goes to security
The main motto in expenses: “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.”
Why do companies invest in IT? Here are the main reasons:
- End of life
- Growth/additional needs
- Upgrades/refresh cycles
- End user need
- Project need
- Budget availability
- Application compatibility
- New technologies or features
Surprising responses to the question: “Is your security on the descent level?”
- Do not conduct security audit 61%
- No adequate investment 59%
- Security is not a 2016 priority 51%
- Not adequately protected 48%
4 Main Tendencies as a Conclusion
- Companies’ revenue is going to increase, while IT budget is not going to be changed.
- CIO’s will have to solve strategic issues for the future with a budget from the past.
- End of life of a product is the main boost for IT investments.
- Even though companies understand that they do not invest enough in security, security budget is to stay rather low.
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