IT Security, Staffing a Top Priority for Businesses in 2015
Among participants in a recent study, India leads the way in increased IT spending, with companies there expecting to increase IT spending by 6.9 percent on average in 2015.About half of businesses expect to increase their hiring of IT staff during 2015, according to a global survey of 1,507 business and IT executives, conducted by CompTIA. The most bullish hiring forecasts come from large organizations (500 or more employees), where 57 percent expect to add staff this year, and companies in countries with maturing economics (63 percent). The report also found that the large majority of organizations (92 percent) say their IT staff has engaged in some type of training over the past year—up considerably from the 2013 study, when the figure was 72 percent. "The research indicates many businesses report wanting to free up their IT staff to work on more strategic or bottom line-oriented initiatives," Tim Herbert, vice president of research and market intelligence at CompTIA, told eWEEK. "In this situation a business may decide to outsource basic IT maintenance duties to a managed services provider, which could be considered an investment in automation. Similarly, a business may make the decision to shift on-premises systems to the cloud, which could lead to the automation of certain functions. To date, there has not been much evidence that these developments have resulted in cutbacks in IT staffing."
However, opportunities created by the accelerated pace of innovation are offset to some degree by the challenges of trying to keep up. Just 15 percent of companies report being exactly where they want to be with technology utilization.