What does the new year hold for tech?

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We’re less than a month away from 2017. While you’re pondering where the months went, be sure to take a look forward and see where we go from here. 

According to a recent study by Computerworld, for many 2017 won’t look all that different from 2016 − from a budget standpoint, at least. According to the Tech Forecast 2017, almost half (48%) or IT budgets will remain the same in 2016. Forty-one percent are set to rise, and 11% will see a decrease in the budget.

The biggest growth area in the coming year will be security technologies. Forty-seven percent of respondents said they were going to spend more in that area in 2017 than in 2016. Other areas that will see growth:

  • big data or analytics (38%)
  • mobile applications (35%)
  • application development, upgrades or replacement (33%)
  • Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), or cloud applications (33%)
  • disaster recovery (31%), and
  • data center consolidation, optimization or modernization (28%).

On the other hand, companies will be cutting back in some areas. Companies will cut spending in the coming year on:

  • hardware, including laptops, desktops, servers, storage and networking hardware (20%)
  • legacy systems and replacement systems (17%)
  • on-premises software (13%)
  • storage (13%)
  • IT/network services management (12%)
  • data centers (12%), and
  • collaboration tools and social networking apps (10%).

Cloud matters

From the rise in SaaS and the decreased spending in on-premises software and legacy systems, it’s not a huge leap to see that cloud is taking over. When asked about future cloud plans, more than a quarter (26%) said they had moved some enterprise applications to the cloud with more to come. Only 13% said they were done with their cloud application migration.

But this move to the cloud comes with mixed success. When asked to give grades on their cloud efforts, the overwhelming majority gave themselves a B (“We’re getting good business value from our cloud efforts”) or C (“We’re gaining some business value, despite some setbacks.”)

Hiring stays about the same

One area that’s not going to see a huge growth is hiring. Fifty-six percent of respondents said they expected their employee head count to remain the same in the next 12 months.

On the other hand, about a third (29%) of respondent said their head count would increase. When asked reasons why, IT pros cited:

  • new systems or projects (61%)
  • corporate growth and systems expansion (54%)
  • security initiatives (30%)
  • addition of new tech hires with technology and business background and techs who can communicate IT’s value to the organization (30%)
  • addition of competitive or unique services (16%)
  • restoring staff due to improving economy (12%), and
  • regulatory compliance demands (12%).

Check out the entire survey to find more about where tech is going.