It’s safe to say that 2017 will be a year of change – change in global economies, change in politics, change in business, and, of course, change in technology. Amid all this change–and with budgets and staffing expected to hold steady–IT leaders are determining the most promising and profitable course of action for their organizations.
According to the 2017 State of IT report from Spiceworks, IT budgets will remain flat in 2017 and staffing will hold steady. The technology purchases that companies do make will be driven largely by business needs and the ability of products and services to help companies make the most of their resources (yes, “doing more with less” is still a thing).
Based on the Spiceworks report and industry trends, IT pros are investing their precious budget dollars very strategically. Three IT initiatives stand out for their ability to help companies meet internal and external customer demand in an increasingly dynamic business environment in a cost-efficient way:
Virtualization is now tried-and-true in companies big and small. IT experts are not only continuing to invest in the technology but are also applying it to different kinds of workloads. According to the Spiceworks report, virtualization was the top software investment in 2016 and will be again in 2017 (accounting for 15 percent of software budget for each of those years).
Cost and complexity have been high hurdles for the adoption of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) in the past. However, with the general maturing of the technology and widespread use of the cloud, these obstacles have been lowered or even eliminated. According to the Spiceworks report, the number of respondents who selected mobility/BYOD as “very important” to “extremely important” rose by 12 percent, and mobilization of employees in a productive yet safe way is just one of the things contributing to the value companies are placing on VDI. Companies are also taking a closer look at VDI as a way of replacing/renewing hardware and software as they near upgrade cycles or end of life.
The Spiceworks report noted that cloud and hosted services “are advancing a few moves in 2017,” with IT services accounting for the biggest chunk of the managed services budget (at 17 percent projected for 2017). A network/systems administrator is quoted in the report as saying, “I load up on as many managed services as possible.” Indeed, many companies are finding that integrating managed services whenever and wherever possible is helping them not only reduce costs but also remain agile in an ever-changing business—and global—environment.
Of course, there are many other initiatives that IT experts have in the works and on their radars as we move through 2017 – but virtualization, VDI and the managed services model can offer big bang for the buck for companies that see change as both challenge and opportunity.
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