Complexity Expected to Grow in 2015 as IT Budgets Rise While IT Departments Feel a Hiring Squeeze
AUSTIN, TX–(Marketwired – Jul 23, 2014) – Spiceworks, the professional network for IT, today announced the results of its “2014 State of IT” report, a survey examining the technology budget and adoption trends of IT professionals in North America and EMEA. According to the survey, which included responses from IT professionals representing a range of company sizes in Spiceworks, organizations on average will spend $253,000 on IT products and services this year. Additionally, 42 percent of IT professionals expect an increase in IT budgets in 2015. However, despite higher budgets and a growing number of technologies entering the workplace, 60 percent of IT professionals said they don’t expect their organization to hire additional IT staff next year.
“Technology trends like cloud and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) are increasingly impacting the workplace, making it necessary for IT professionals to manage more complex environments so employees can remain productive,” said Kathryn Pribish, Voice of IT program manager at Spiceworks. “We’re finding that while companies are investing in technology solutions, they’re not committing to an equal investment in hiring the IT professionals who make sure technologies function properly and help employees get their jobs done.”
Cloud-based applications and infrastructure, virtualization and the influx of mobile technologies in the workplace have dramatically impacted the ways IT professionals do their jobs. While these technologies continue to help IT professionals address the needs of employees, they’ve also created additional complexity and require IT departments to address a number of new challenges including security, employee mobility and the tradeoffs between hosted and on-premise technologies. Additional survey highlights include:
Cloud services are here to stay, especially within smaller companies
- Sixty-one percent of IT professionals are using cloud services today with an additional eight percent planning to deploy a cloud service in the next six months. Cloud adoption is especially pronounced in organizations with less than 250 employees.
- IT professionals in North America are more likely to deploy cloud services compared to their peers in EMEA. Sixty-five percent of IT professionals in North America are using cloud services versus 56 percent in EMEA.
- Of those who have deployed a cloud service, 80 percent are using web hosting, 58 percent have invested in email hosting, and 51 percent have deployed a cloud-based productivity solution. Looking ahead, online backup and recovery, productivity solutions, and infrastructure hosting are the top cloud services IT professionals plan to start using in the next six months.
Virtualization is a mainstream technology, but smaller organizations choose a cloud-based approach.
- Seventy-four percent of IT professionals said they have already adopted virtualization solutions with an additional nine percent planning to in the next six months.
- While 90 percent of enterprises have deployed a virtual infrastructure, 70 percent of companies with 20-99 employees and 54 percent of companies with 1-19 employees have implemented a virtualization solution. According to respondents, these smaller organizations are more likely to choose a cloud-based infrastructure solution.
- IT professionals in EMEA are slightly more likely to use a virtualized environment than their peers in North America. Seventy-nine percent of EMEA IT professionals have deployed a virtualization solution compared with 71 percent in North America.
Companies implement BYOD policies to address the needs of mobile employees
- Sixty-eight percent of IT professionals said their organizations are supporting BYOD today. Of those, 60 percent are supporting employee-owned smartphones, 51 percent are supporting employee-owned tablets, and 38 percent support employees’ laptops.
- IT professionals in North America are slightly more likely to support BYOD than IT professionals in EMEA. Sixty-nine percent of North American respondents compared with 65 percent of EMEA IT professionals support BYOD.
- Like cloud-based technologies, smaller organizations are more likely to support BYOD than their larger counterparts. For instance, 83 percent of organizations with less than 20 employees support BYOD, while only 61 percent of companies with more than 500 employees support BYOD.
The survey was conducted in May 2014 and included 1,121 respondents from North America and EMEA. Respondents are among the more than 5 million IT professionals in Spiceworks and represent a variety of company sizes including small-to-medium-sized businesses as well as enterprises. Respondents come from a variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, non-profits, education, government, and finance. For more information and a complete list of survey results, visit www.spiceworks.com/marketing/state-of-it/report/.
About Spiceworks Voice of IT
The Spiceworks Voice of IT market insights program publishes statistics, trends and opinions collected from IT professionals worldwide. More than 640,000 IT professionals in over 100 countries have joined the program to share information and feedback on the technology issues that are important to them.
Spiceworks is the professional network more than 5 million IT professionals use to connect with one another and over 3,000 technology brands. The company simplifies how IT professionals discover, buy and manage more than $575 billion in technology products and services each year. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Spiceworks is backed by Adams Street Partners, Austin Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), Goldman Sachs, Shasta Ventures and Tenaya Capital. For more information visit http://www.spiceworks.com.