As for spending on specific kinds of technology or activity in 2013, the highest number of votes went to the maintenance of their level of investment in most areas. We should expect no change in our respondents' expenditure levels on the following: Enterprise content management, ECM, (54.7 percent of respondents said they intend to spend the same in 2013 as they did in 2012 in on ECM); IT service management (53.3 percent); Knowledge Management (53.3 percent); Information security and risk management (51.8 percent); Business continuity planning (51.1 percent); Data warehousing (50.4 percent); the Internet of Things, starting with M2M (50.4 percent); IT consolidation (48.2 percent); Outsourcing (45.3 percent); and, Web 2.0 (45.3 percent).
On the upside, the majority of respondents (50.4 percent), again, intend to increase their spending in Virtualisation. As such, the top technologies or activities to see some kind of increased investment in 2013 are: Virtualisation; Information security & risk management (44.5 percent); Customer relationship management (43.8 percent); Business intelligence/analytics (43.1 percent); and, IT consolidation (42.3 percent).
[subh] Specific Areas of Interest
In answer to the question, How has the priority you have for Sustainable (Green) IT changed in the past 12 months? 43 percent of respondents said there had been no change, 28.5 percent said they would be placing increased emphasis on it as a main corporate focus, and 21.2 percent said it was never a priority of theirs to begin with.
When it came to their top concern with respect to their enterprise deployment of cloud computing, the majority (70.1 percent) of respondents cited the Security of data (ref. hackers/breaches). The second and third key worrisome factors were Concern about appropriate levels of SLAs (59.9 percent), and the loss of control of important IT applications (43.1 percent). Only 13.1 percent said they had no major concerns to do with taking their enterprises onto the Cloud.
We should expect the following to be the top three uses of business intelligence/analytics software at respondents' organisations in the current year: the measurement and analysis of business operations data (62 percent of respondents cited this); the measurement and analysis of financial data in relation to business operations data (55.5 percent); and, the measurement and analysis of financial and transactional data (48.9 percent). The use of business intelligence/analytics software to create financial reports, which was third in terms of common use last year, fell to fourth place with 43.1 percent of respondents giving it mention.
At present, unified communications and collaboration software is most often used by respondents' organisations for: the integration of the e-mail system with other business applications (29.2 percent citing this); the integration of the e-mail system with controlled instant messaging (19.7 percent); the integration of e-mail, controlled instant messaging, IP telephony and other business applications (13.1 percent); and the integration of e-mail, controlled instant messaging and IP telephony (12.5 percent). That sounds pretty positive. However, 25.5 percent of respondents said they were seeing to no adoption of unified communications at all.
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