Survey Finds IT Pros Grappling with Competing Priorities

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Managed Services Spending

Thirteen percent of IT budgets will be spent on managed services projects next year, a three point jump year over year, the highest jump in budget allocation year over year compared to other project areas. Nineteen percent of managed services budgets will be spent on IT services, 14 percent on connectivity/bandwidth, and 13 percent on storage/backup/archiving services.

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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