Smartsheet and 451 Research Find IT Leaders Not Fully Equipped to Handle Post-Pandemic Requirements
Over half of IT leaders (55%) say their current IT systems are not fully equipped to handle the new post-pandemic requirements, according to a survey of enterprise professionals conducted by 451 Research (News - Alert) and commissioned by Smartsheet (NYSE: SMAR), the enterprise platform for dynamic work. As a result, many decision makers expect technology spending to increase across the board over the next six months, with top areas of focus being team collaboration tools, digital workspace, content storage and sharing tools.
Digital transformation has been top of mind for many IT leaders but the pandemic is pushing many of these leaders to jumpstart their efforts by re-evaluating the tools they currently use to meet the needs of a distributed workforce. This "new work norm" is revealing the struggles many companies are facing due to technologies and apps that do not seamlessly integrate, or the use of a platform that requires IT support in order to run effectively.
"As the COVID-19 crisis continues and the shift to remote work lasts longer than many leaders anticipated, executives are finding that they need better technology to fuel employee productivity," said Gene Farrell, Chief Product Officer of Smartsheet. "As IT leaders think of how to remedy this in the long-term, many will invest in no-code collaboration tools that integrate with other widely used solutions to provide their employees with a single platform to get work done."
The survey also looked to identify some of the blockers that IT leaders feel are impeding workforce productivity and uncovered the following:
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The survey was conducted by 451 Research among a sample of 800 U.S. workers at enterprise companies with 1,500+ full time employees and three or more office locations. It was live from April 16 to May 1, 2020.
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