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State of IT – Technology Adoption Trends

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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

WEATHER FORECAST IS CLOUDY

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

CLOUD COMPUTING

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IT’S A VIRTUAL WORLD

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

VIRTUALIZATION

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MAY THE BYOD BE WITH YOU

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

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You can view the full report here: http://www.spiceworks.com/marketing/state-of-it/report/

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?

11 Comments
clubjuggle
Level 13

Application hosting is huge in banking. Many small and mid-size banks have their core processing systems outsourced to companies who specialize in those areas.

jkump
Level 15

Due to the sensitive nature, Healthcare is cautious about cloud and security entailed with it.  Virtualization is solidly taken hold and BYOD is readily accepted.  Just the storage and interaction with PHI that keeps core out of the cloud.

Jfrazier
Level 18

We have a little in the cloud..primarily a couple of SaaS offerings. Otherwise we are about 80% virtualized and are teetering on BYOD primarily with phones and tablets.

cahunt
Level 17

Visualization all the way.  Avatars for everyone!

BYOD is expanding, but yes the health care industry has strict contingencies around cloud and remote services. Full encryption is required, and if the vendor meets standards we may outsource the service to them and then they are responsible for any issues. (Small things such as parking payment/cc charges, other small POS/Kiosk systems are going this way)

cahunt
Level 17

The State of Tejas has even more restrictions regarding said issues.

tbduff
Level 8

We are in the same boat about the cloud. I wish it was safer to use.

cahunt
Level 17

The high seas in the midst of a storm is a bad place to be...

Jfrazier
Level 18

any port in a storm ?

cahunt
Level 17

any port with storm-control shutdown

Jfrazier
Level 18

of course with appropriate firewall and breakwater rules in place.

tcbene
Level 11

There is really no way around going virtual when you look at all the savings that come with it.  Bottom line for companies is the cost and profit margins associated with running a business, and there are huge savings to capitalize on in going virtual.