InfoWorld Reports Navigating IT Research [Professional Services Close - Up]
(Professional Services Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) InfoWorld released the 2014 Navigating IT: Objectives and Obstacles research.
In a release, the Company noted that the study revealed that while many investment priorities are the same for all ITDMs, there are key differences in technology investment plans among enterprise organizations (1,000+ employees) and SMB organizations ( < 1,000 employees).
The 2014 study investigated ITDM purchase intent among these technology categories: application development, big data solutions, business intelligence and analytics, cloud computing, data center, enterprise applications, mobility, network solutions, security, server solutions, social media/ collaboration tools, storage solutions and services, and virtualization. Overall, respondents are involved in the purchase of nine technologies, with the highest investment in the categories of data center management, application development and security.
As digital disruption continues to require business agility, 72 percent of ITDMs state that their job involves identifying emerging technologies that can improve business performance before the change reaches wide spread market adoption.
"Technology investments continue to tie back to organizational goals. The influx of new technologies that can streamline processes, decrease costs and improve communications with employees and customers are changing the way organizations look at technology," said Farrah Forbes, VP, Digital, InfoWorld. "The Navigating IT research provides insight into the tech trends organizations are investigating and investing in, providing tech marketers with the information needed when communicating with IT decision-makers."
Overall, due to financial resources and IT bandwidth, enterprise organizations allocate larger investments in technology compared to SMBs. The specific areas that see a significant difference in investment priority are big data (72 percent enterprise vs. 52 percent SMB), data centers (96 percent enterprise vs. 81 percent SMB) and server solutions (84 percent enterprise vs. 73 percent SMB). Thirty-four percent of enterprise organizations plan to invest in log file analysis software for the future of big data whereas only 17 percent of SMBs agree. Additionally, enterprises and SMBs will invest in virtualization monitoring/management to improve data center management. As for server solutions, 47 percent of enterprises will invest in blade servers compared to only 25 percent of SMBs, and 40 percent of enterprise organizations plan to invest in Windowsx86 versus 26 percent of SMBs. Overall, a majority of organizations are willing to invest a larger portion of IT budget on technologies that will increase efficiency and productivity in the workplace.
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