State of IT 2015: Mid-Year Check-In

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Majority of most and least impactful IT trends stay consistent; DevOps rises.

  • Throughout the first half of 2015, security, mobility, cloud computing and business intelligence (BI) / Big Data ranked in the top five initiatives with the largest impact on organizations. Security maintained the top spot as originally forecast, while mobility rose from No. 3 at the beginning of the year to No. 2. DevOps, originally No. 10 in the forecast, rose to No. 3. Meanwhile, cloud computing was originally forecast at No. 5 and rose to No. 4, while BI / Big Data dropped from No. 2 to No. 5.
  • Since the beginning of 2015, open source, VoIP / unified communications, social technologies and consumerization of IT rank among the least impactful initiatives. Data center consolidation, while originally expected to be the No. 6 most impactful area heading into 2015, sits at No. 12 midway through the year.

Findings: The initiatives that fluctuated the most were DevOps, which rose seven spots, and data center consolidation, which fell six spots.

A fundamental shift has been taking place in IT departments across the country over the past several years. Today's IT department plays a far more significant role in an organization's bottom line than ever before, and must align itself to provide the services that will support the business and end users alike. Even with these increased demands, though, IT departments have been challenged with smaller budgets and staffing shortages.

With the economy continuing to show signs of improvement, we may be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. TEKsystems®, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, IT talent management expertise and IT services, recently released the results of its quarterly IT "Reality Check," a survey that compares current market conditions on the state of spending, skill needs and impact areas originally reported in the company's Annual IT Forecast released in December 2014. The most recent survey represents the views of more than 240 IT leaders (CIOs, IT VPs, IT directors and IT hiring managers) as of June 2015.

 

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