2019 Forecast: IT budgets will increase in favor of corporate culture


In the era of digital transformation, the boundaries between technology and other departments are crumbling. Indeed, we can quickly move towards a final game in which there will be no designated place for "IT" and another for "business". There will be only the company, and all those who are part of it will have their say on what innovative solutions should lead to the achievement of essential objectives.

The recent TEKsystems forecast for 2019 confirms this trend as more than 110 technology leaders – including CIOs, CIOs and hiring managers – express considerable optimism about budget growth to support a purchase and a deployment of technological solutions accessible to all. Culture. This change, unlike the decrease in computer stature, means that technical teams will become more and more critical influencers of strategic direction.

However, as this focus will depend on advanced mastery such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and machine learning, organizations will need to engage in a process of acquisition and development of talent recruitment required.

In this eWEEK In the Data Point article, we take a closer look at seven key TEKsystems forecast results and what this means for IT managers and their teams.

Data Point 1: IT budgets on the way to expansion

The democratization of technology seems to be on Grouvy Today of "unleashing" the IT spending of the entire company in 2019. The sectoral units are now able to make purchasing decisions and launch new initiatives, 57% organizations are planning increases in their IT budget for next year. most since 2014. Only a quarter, on the other hand, plan to reduce their technology spending.

Data Point 2: The availability of talent influences the projects of innovation

It's truly a new world for information technology, and it's a good thing: nearly two-thirds of technology leaders express confidence in their service's ability to support new initiatives for the coming year . If these projects require skills that do not currently exist in the company, management must allow sufficient time to recruit and / or train the type of talent to match the task at hand.

Data Point 3: Centralized business models to carry out daily tasks

If the new initiatives are important, the tasks and routines already established are well established, and IT appears here: more than three quarters of the technical managers are convinced that their teams are able to meet the basic business and IT needs, with less than one in ten reflecting doubts. To successfully maintain existing applications, services, and infrastructure, organizations will rely on a more traditional, centralized IT operation model.

Data Point 4: Projects cover digital change and data defense

In terms of priorities for specific initiatives, it all comes down to transformation – and protection. At least seven out of ten companies will focus on cloud and mobile application implementations, with agile / scrum and big data / analytics almost on demand. Security, however, governs everything, considered a project deployment priority for four of the five organizations.

Data Point 5: IoT, AI and ML about to have his day

Perhaps the moment has come for IoT, IA and ML to move from conceptual curiosities to classic deployments. If these emerging technologies are not yet "arrived", they are on the way: not less than a quarter of companies expect to launch projects involving them in the next two years.

Data Point 6: The alignment gap creates formidable challenge

Do we understand each other? Well, not always, apparently. The alignment of the organization (that is, whether IT and business connect to what needs to be done, when and how technology projects are to be realized) remains the main concern for the second year in a row IT managers. Governance also raises doubts, especially if these projects are based on an understanding of business strategies to adequately support strategies with adequate resources and budgeting.

Data Point 7: Seeking the "new" while improving the "old"

In the end, IT should "get things done." For 2019, this "to do" list includes both the implementation of new applications and an IT infrastructure while improving what already exists. Technical teams also need to work on creating products and services, improving efficiencies / business processes, and reducing costs. In addition, Suite C will closely monitor how IT contributes to the ultimate impact on net income in the form of revenue / earnings growth.