1Spiceworks State of IT Report Predicts Strong Hiring, Budgets in 2018
By nearly all measure, the IT industry is poised for strong growth 2018. That’s the main takeaway from the 2018 “State of IT” report from IT service provider Spiceworks. Spiceworks released the report Oct. 9 during its annual SpiceWorld customer conference in Austin, Texas. The company surveyed more than 1,000 IT professionals in North America and Europe and found that a majority of companies are planning to add more IT staff and support increased revenue for their companies in the coming year. IT professionals are also clearly stating an intention to invest more heavily in the cloud and reduce their reliance on managed services. Read on for more from the Spiceworks “State of IT” study and what IT professionals plan to do next year to boost their companies’ efficiency and productivity.
2Most IT Budgets Will Grow or Remain Steady
3IT Supporting Healthy Corporate Revenue Growth
4Few IT Professionals Will Lose Their Jobs
5How IT Organizations Are Allocating Their Spending
6How Budget Allocations Are Changing
Budget allocations are changing, according to the Spiceworks study. More than half of survey respondents said they’re increasing their hardware investment and 55 percent will boost cloud spending in 2018. Spending on managed services will be flat, with 46 percent of companies planning to just maintain current budget levels.
7Enterprises Are Still Buying Desktop Computers
Although sales of desktop computers continue to slow overall, they’re still important to corporate buyers. In fact, 17 percent of total hardware spending will go to new desktops, representing the largest single allocation for IT hardware. Laptops have the second largest allocation, with 15 percent of hardware dollars. Servers and networking equipment are next, with 13 percent and 8 percent allocation shares, respectively.
8How IT Organizations Are Spending on Software
9Backup and Recovery Are Top Cloud-Service Expenditures
10What’s Driving New Purchases?
11What Drives Cloud Adoption?
A whopping 42 percent of IT professionals said getting access to corporate data from anywhere is the chief reason to move to the cloud, followed by 38 percent who cited improved disaster recovery opportunities. Other reasons were better flexibility, at 37 percent, and reduced support overhead, at 36 percent.