Research Reports

  • May 15, 2015

    Remote Office/Branch Office Technology Trends

    In order to determine the IT priorities and challenges when it comes to supporting the technology requirements of remote office/branch office (ROBO) locations, and how organizations plan to address those challenges, ESG recently surveyed 347 North American senior IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations. All respondents worked at headquarters locations or other centralized corporate sites and were responsible for ROBO IT operations and/or strategy, including the delivery of IT services to these locations, authorization of expenditures, and establishment and enforcement of corporate IT policies for remote/branch offices. Respondent organizations were required to have at least two ROBO locations to qualify for the survey.

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  • May 5, 2015

    Platform-as-a-service Feature Preference Study

    ESG conducted an in-depth survey of 326 IT professionals and application developers to understand their current or anticipated usage of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) products. Survey participants were either senior developers or IT managers and represented mostly midmarket and larger organizations in North America (United States and Canada).

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  • April 29, 2015

    Platform-as-a-service Usage and Satisfaction Study

    In order to understand organizations’ usage of or interest in platform-as-a-service solutions, ESG recently surveyed 326 IT professionals and application developers representing small (50 to 99 employees), midmarket (100 to 999 employees), and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America. All respondents were personally responsible for evaluating and/or selecting software application development and deployment tools for their organization.

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  • March 31, 2015

    The Shift Toward Data Protection Appliances

    In order to accurately assess organizations’ preferences toward data protection appliances—those devices (physical or virtual) that were specifically designed to deliver or enhance data protection scenarios—ESG surveyed 299 IT professionals representing midmarket organizations (defined as organizations with 100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class organizations (defined as organizations with 1,000 or more employees) in North America. All respondents were responsible for data protection technology purchase decisions at their organizations.

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  • 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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