Report: Upgrades to network infrastructure top agenda item for IT in 2019
The 2019 State of IT Report from Spiceworks is out, and, as we could’ve predicted, upgrading outdated network infrastructure is the leading enterprise IT investment for the next year among leaders surveyed.
Eighty-nine percent of those polled (which included IT execs across North America and Europe) expect their IT budgets to grow over the next 12 months. Stateside, many leaders attributed this to larger operational budgets overall that have come about as recent tax cuts take effect. But across geographies, this trend is driven not by a tax windfall but the long-term risks to business that could impact companies that are resistant to digital transformation.
For instance, government agencies on both sides of the Atlantic have pledged to overhaul how they connect their distributed network operations in response to security vulnerabilities that were highlighted by recent widespread cybersecurity incidents, such as the notorious WannaCry attack. In total, 82 percent of government organizations across North America and Europe are growing their budgets for just this reason -- significantly higher than in any other industry polled.
Governmental regulations, too, (think the EU’s GDPR) have implored private and public enterprises to adopt new workflows and data protection standards. This was the top reason to increase IT budgets among 37 percent of those polled in total (thought the number was understandable higher in Europe at 45 percent, despite GDPR having a global effect on data-forward enterprises).
In general, more than half (56 percent) of all leaders attributed budget jumps to IT projects becoming a higher priority across the business. Investments in software and cloud will make up 26 percent and 21 percent, respectively, of total budget investments among those polled, which is lock-step with figures from last year. This shows that teams are steadily continuing to beat the drum on cloud migration, not slowing down on the adoption of new tools and workflows that will ultimately improve business productivity.
Any enterprise IT pro weighing their investments in the new year will need to be sure they’re employing tools and solutions that help protect investments by highlighting potential issues (and speeding up resolution) that could hinder digital transformation, draining budgets in tandem.
When undergoing enterprise-wide cloud migration, for instance, teams need a network monitoring tool that can ensure that when teams retire their hardware-based infrastructure, they aren’t doing so at the expense of user experience (which inevitably trickles down to productivity and revenue loss when it isn’t resolved). Without baselining performance before migration, monitoring for issues throughout the process, and then steadily keeping an eye out for problems post-adoption, teams may have trouble justifying their investments if things go south.