IT Industry Forecast: What to Expect in 2015

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IT Priorities

IT priorities remain consistent year over year, with a majority still expecting to invest in security, business intelligence / Big Data, mobility and cloud.

  • For the past three years, IT leaders listed security, business intelligence (BI) / Big Data, mobility and cloud computing among the top five areas impacting the organization. Entering 2015, enterprise resource planning (ERP) regained its placement within the top five, after being displaced by virtualization in 2014.
  • The top five areas where most IT leaders expect to increase spending in 2015 include security (65 percent), mobility (54 percent), cloud (53 percent), BI/Big Data (49 percent) and storage (46 percent). Twenty-nine percent of IT leaders also expect to increase spending on ERP.

TEKsystems' Take: The consistency in impact areas over the last three years explains why IT leaders' confidence continues to grow, even as fewer IT leaders are expecting budget increases. The largest percentage of IT leaders anticipate budget increases for these same "core four" areas (security, BI / Big Data, mobility and cloud) in 2015, indicating strong organizational alignment between the priority and scope of IT initiatives.

Despite the ups and downs in recent years, 2015 is poised to be a year of relative calm in IT, according to research from TEKsystems. While budget expectations remain relatively flat, confidence levels among IT departments in their ability to fulfill business needs are increasing. Critical business objectives in the coming year will focus on improving existing apps and infrastructure, improving efficiency and retaining talented staff members. Additionally, given the pervasive nature of data breaches in 2014, security is the top area of concern for 2015.

"It's easy to jump to the conclusion that the reduction in expected budget increases signifies a need to cut back and eliminate important projects, but in reality, IT leaders are simply looking to be more realistic about what they can do with their resources and plan accordingly," said TEKsystems Research Manager Jason Hayman. "Rather than viewing the decrease in the rate of growth of spending as a reason to eliminate projects, IT leaders can instead use that information to implement sound talent management strategies in areas that are truly benefiting the business, and they can allocate resources to solidify those objectives."

 

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