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IT Struggles with Priorities

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 12-08-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    IT Struggles with Priorities
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    IT Struggles with Priorities

    IT decision-makers have trouble defining and executing their priorities as security concerns loom large.
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    Ability to Define and Execute Priorities
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    Ability to Define and Execute Priorities

    Only 57% of respondents said they can clearly define and execute IT priorities, but 75% do have a formal IT strategy.
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    Importance of IT Strategy
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    Importance of IT Strategy

    Those IT decision-makers possessing an IT strategy are twice as likely to execute IT priorities.
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    The Rest of the Struggle

    Aside from budgets, respondents struggled most with security concerns (34%), diverse business requirements (27%), and too many different opinions (25%).
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    How Organizations Meet Their Goals
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    How Organizations Meet Their Goals

    63% of respondents said that to meet their organization's goals, they currently spend on maintenance, whereas 37% said they spend on new technologies.
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    How Organizations Expect to Meet Future Goals

    Respondents said that in 2020, they expect to spend 56% of their budgets on maintenance and 44% on new technologies.
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    Plans to Enhance Security Infrastructure

    49% of respondents said they want improvements like next-generation firewalls, advanced endpoint protection, email security, and identity and access management.
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    Cloud-Based Apps and Productivity

    Only 13% of respondents have all the consumer technology they need. To improve employee productivity with technology, 40% said they want faster networks, and 35% want mobile devices.
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    Emerging Technologies and Future Success

    Respondents said that they expect success in the future through cloud management software and platforms, predictive analytics and the Internet of Things.
 

A thin majority of IT decision-makers can clearly define and execute their IT priorities, according to a new study. The report by CDW, "Power of Priority: What's Next For Enterprise IT?" explores how enterprises prioritize, strategize and execute their IT goals; who is involved in decision-making processes; and the effect planning has on the bottom line. The survey also found that many organizations struggle with how best to allocate IT budgets to minimize security risks, maximize results, and improve the customer experience to prepare for the future. "Today's organizations are pulled in one hundred different directions," said the report, "How do they navigate tech challenges and stay focused on their priorities?" According to the report, managing security and business continuity risks are the highest priority, followed by maximizing results with limited budgets. In the middle of the continuum is improving customers' experiences. Helping employees adopt new technologies and increase productivity and prepare for the future are the least important. CDW surveyed 800 IT decision-makers from CIOs to systems administrators.

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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