Being IT pros, we pride ourselves in being tech savvy and keeping abreast of technology developments in the industry. Recently, Spiceworks released a technology adoption report highlighting a survey conducted with over 1100 IT pros from across NA and EMEA countries. This blog is a summary of key findings from that report. Here are some interesting stats for your consumption.


With 37% of network and systems admin respondents, the survey also included participation from help desk technicians, IT managers, IT directors, CIO/CTOs, and tech consultants. Cutting across all major industry verticals—manufacturing, education, healthcare, finance, government, retail, construction, software, and MSP—the reports help us understand where IT teams in corporations are headed towards in terms of technology adoption.


Technology Adoption Trends


65% and 56% of surveyed IT pros in NA and EMEA (respectively) have already adopted Cloud computing.


Been there, done that. The top 10 services hosted on the Cloud are:

  1. Web hosting
  2. Email hosting
  3. Productivity solutions more info (e.g., file sharing, online collaboration, productivity suites)
  4. Content filtering (e.g., email filtering, web gateway)
  5. Backup/recovery
  6. Industry-specific apps
  7. Infrastructure (e.g., IaaS, cloud computing, storage)
  8. Business support (e.g., SCM, ERP, HR, Accounting)
  9. Sales support
  10. Hosted VOIP

Web hosting and email hosting have been most popular with over 60-80% of respondents choosing these services.


Make way. Here I come. In the next six months, IT pros are looking to host the following services:

  1. Online backup and recovery
  2. Productivity solutions
  3. Infrastructure
  4. Email hosting
  5. Application hosting






71% and 79% of surveyed IT pros in NA and EMEA (respectively) have already virtualized their infrastructure.


I’m virtual. Are you? The top virtual workloads that run today are:

  1. IT services (e.g., storage, printing, domain)
  2. Internal IT (e.g., security, inventory)
  3. Productivity apps (e.g., collaboration, email)
  4. Industry-specific apps
  5. Business support (e.g., ERP/Accounting/HR)
  6. Development (e.g., engineering, software development, R&D)
  7. Content publishing (e.g., blog, streaming, knowledge-base, support)
  8. Sales support

IT services and internal IT have been most popular with over 77-81% of respondents choosing these workloads to be virtualized.

Going virtual. Soon. In the six months, IT pros are planning to run the following services on virtual infrastructures:

  • Companies with less than 100 employees – Internal IT and IT services
  • Companies with 100-250 employees – Industry-specific apps and Business support
  • Companies with 250-500 employees – Sales support (CRM) and Content publishing
  • Companies with 500 employees or more – IT services and Industry-specific apps






BYOD Adoption.

  • 69% and 53% of surveyed IT pros in NA and EMEA (respectively) have adopted smartphones for work.
  • 78% and 68% of surveyed IT pros in NA and EMEA (respectively) have adopted tablets for work.


BYOD Support.

  • 69% and 65% of respondents in NA and EMEA (respectively) are supporting BYOD devices.
  • Of this lot,
    • 60% IT pros support smartphones
    • 51% support tablets
    • 38% support laptop



You can view the full report here:


Clearly, IT teams are catching up with the implementation of these technologies in their enterprises. Cost, security, scalability, and ease-of-use are some major factors that help determine whether you should consider adopting these technologies or not. One thing is for sure. The application of these technologies and the benefits IT teams gain from them are definitely on the rise.


Tell us about your organization. Where do you stand in terms of adopting these technologies?