Q1 2015 IT Reality Check: Budgets, Hiring, Trends

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Most Impactful IT Trends

Security, business intelligence (BI)/Big Data maintain top two positions.

  • Heading into 2015, the five most impactful areas in order from the top position were security, BI/Big Data, mobility, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and cloud computing.  At the end of March 2015, the top two impact areas remained the same, while cloud computing rose from No. 5 to No. 3, pushing mobility from No. 3 to No. 4. DevOps gained significantly, rising five spots from No. 10 to No. 5.
  • Heading into 2015, the five least impactful areas in declining order were consumerization of IT/BYOD (No. 9), DevOps (No. 10), social technologies (No. 11), VOIP/unified communications (No. 12) and open source (No. 13).  With the exception of DevOps, these remained basically unchanged at the end of March 2015, with consumerization of IT/BYOD (No. 9), social technologies (No. 10), VOIP / unified communications (No. 11) and open source (No. 13) remaining in the bottom five. Data center consolidation dropped into the bottom five, shifting from No. 6 entering 2015 to No. 12 by the end of March. 

Findings: The initiatives that fluctuated the most in terms of impact were DevOps (rose from No. 10 to No. 5), ERP (dropped from No. 4 to No. 7) and data center consolidation (dropped from No. 6 to No. 12). 

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 300 IT leaders (CIOs, IT VPs, IT directors, IT hiring managers) as of March 2015.

Overall, industry leader expectations and trends remained relatively consistent throughout Q1. The one exception was in hiring expectations. Both full-time and contingent hiring is expected to increase in Q2 of this year.

This slideshow features highlights from the survey.


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