Research Reports

  • March 9, 2015

    Next-generation Storage Architectures

    The objective for this research project was to get direct insights into what senior IT executives—with specific responsibility for their organizations’ data storage infrastructures—in North America think about a number of “next-generation” storage technologies. ESG leveraged a purely qualitative approach, which entailed hour-long interviews conducted solely by the authors of this paper. While qualitative work is more time-consuming and—at times—delicate in order to ensure that questions are posed fairly and without bias (and that the inevitable discussions are equally balanced), the genuine and considered insights that can be gleaned from it are extremely valuable. 

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  • February 24, 2015

    2015 IT Spending Intentions Survey

    In order to assess IT spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 601 IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America and Western Europe. All respondents were personally responsible for or familiar with their organizations’ 2014 IT spending as well as their 2015 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire organization level or at a business unit/division/branch level.

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  • February 23, 2015

    Data Protection Personas and Methods

    In order to gauge “who is choosing what and how?” when it comes to modern data protection tools, ESG surveyed 305 IT professionals responsible for and/or familiar with their organization’s data protection infrastructure, processes, and strategy, representing large midmarket organizations (defined as organizations with 500 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (defined as organizations with 1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America. All respondents were required to have purchase decision authority or influence. The goal of the research was to explore the business and IT requirements driving modern data protection strategies, the influencers and stakeholders within their organizations, and the implementation details of their existing and preferred data protection strategies.

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  • January 13, 2015

    Enterprise Big Data, Business Intelligence, and Analytics Trends

    There is much confusion in the market about the current state of data initiatives, especially when it comes to the potential impact of big data on traditional business intelligence and analytics practices. Customers and vendors alike sense a sea-change in the industry as new approaches, technologies, and best practices are rapidly evolving today, but few can accurately assess the motivations, impacts, and implications of the shifts. ESG undertook a broad study to establish a baseline on various data initiatives and their relative maturity.

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  • January 12, 2015

    The Endpoint Security Paradox

    In order to accurately assess organizations’ endpoint security technologies, policies, and processes, ESG surveyed 340 IT and information security professionals representing large midmarket (500 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America. All respondents were responsible for evaluating, purchasing, and managing endpoint security technology products and services.

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  • August 19, 2014

    Network Security Trends in the Era of Cloud and Mobile Computing

    In order to accurately assess organizations’ network security policies, processes, organizations, and technologies, ESG recently surveyed 397 security professionals representing enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America. All respondents were responsible for or directly involved in the planning, implementation, or operations of their organization’s network security policies, processes, or technical safeguards.

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  • July 31, 2014

    Enterprise Database Trends in a Big Data World

    ESG conducted an in-depth survey of 375 IT and business professionals concerning their organizations’ current database technology environment and their forward-looking strategies. Survey participants represented large midmarket (500 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America (United States and Canada).

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  • May 29, 2014

    Enterprise Data Analytics Trends: Market Drivers, Organizational Dynamics, and Customer Expectations

    There is much confusion in the market about the current state of data initiatives, especially when it comes to the potential impact of big data on traditional business intelligence and analytics practices. Customers and vendors alike sense a sea-change in the industry as new approaches, technologies, and best practices are rapidly evolving today, but few can accurately assess the motivations, impacts, and implications of the shifts. ESG undertook a broad study to establish a baseline on various data initiatives and their relative maturity.

    In order to assess the overall status of data initiatives in public and private organizations, ESG recently surveyed 375 IT and business professionals representing large midmarket (500 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America. All respondents were personally responsible for or familiar with their organizations’ current database, business intelligence (BI), and/or analytics solutions.

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  • April 29, 2014

    Backup and Archiving Convergence Trends

    ESG surveyed 353 North American IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations to find out about their organizations’ current usage of technologies and processes for storing at least some of their information on a long-term basis (i.e., at least three years). All respondents were personally familiar with the processes and technologies their organizations used to store/retain electronic information—such as documents, database records, e-mail messages, etc.—for long-term retention and reference, and all respondents had purchasing influence for these products and services.

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  • April 15, 2014

    Trends in Private Cloud Infrastructure

    In order to assess organizations’ use of server virtualization, cloud computing, and integrated computing platforms, ESG recently surveyed 303 IT professionals representing midmarket (250 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America. All respondents were personally responsible for or familiar with their organizations’ server virtualization and cloud computing environment and strategy.

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