Survey Finds IT Pros Grappling with Competing Priorities

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Security Budgets

Security budgets remain flat year over year.

IT spend on security hardware, software and services will remain flat year over year, with IT professionals planning to allocate 6 percent of their total IT budget to security. Security solutions will make up 6 and 9 percent of hardware and software budgets next year, respectively, and 6 percent of hosted/cloud budgets. However, 59 percent of respondents don't feel their organization is adequately investing in security and 48 percent don't feel their company data is adequately protected. Additionally, only 26 percent of respondents said recent high-profile security incidents have led their organization to change its security practices.

"The report paints a clear picture of how IT professionals expect to juggle competing priorities with only small increases in budget," said Sanjay Castelino, vice president of marketing at Spiceworks. "In 2016, they'll be forced to prioritize where to allocate time and resources across their departments and more often than not, we expect they'll focus on pragmatic, 'must do' projects that keep their businesses up and running."

According to a new survey from Spiceworks, a professional network for IT, technology budgets are expected to remain relatively flat going into 2016, increasing by only 1 percent year over year. Additionally, nearly 60 percent of respondents indicated that headcounts are expected to remain flat, despite expected increases in company revenue.

While budgets and staffing levels are projected to remain about the same, business expectations are running high, leaving IT pros to grapple with multiple competing priorities. Many organizations have held off on technology refreshes, making technology end-of-life a driving force behind new hardware, software and services investments in the coming year. The survey also found that a significant number of organizations are still running Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

Nearly 47 percent of respondents expecting to upgrade operating systems in 2016 are planning to invest in Windows 10. Having reached its end-of-life in July 2015, 32 percent also said they planned on a Windows Server 2003 migration. With Microsoft SQL Server 2005 reaching its end-of-life in April 2016, 12 percent of respondents are planning a database application migration.

 

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