ESG Research Report: 2016 IT Spending Intentions Survey

 42% of respondents cited cybersecurity as their organization’s number one (i.e., most important) initiative for 2016"

Abstract:

In order to assess IT spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 633 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’ 2015 IT spending as well as their 2016 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire organization level or at a business unit/division/branch level.

Survey participants represented a wide range of industries including manufacturing, financial services, health care, communications and media, retail, government, and business services. For more details, please see the Research Methodology and Respondent Demographics sections of this report.

Topics: IT Spending Intentions

ESG Research Report: 2016 IT Spending Intentions Survey

Abstract:

In order to assess IT spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 633 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’ 2015 IT spending as well as their 2016 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire organization level or at a business unit/division/branch level.

Survey participants represented a wide range of industries including manufacturing, financial services, health care, communications and media, retail, government, and business services. For more details, please see the Research Methodology and Respondent Demographics sections of this report.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Data Protection Networking Application Development & Deployment Data Management Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: IoT in the Context of Digital Industrial Transformation

Abstract:

The Internet of Things (IoT) is intersecting with a broad set of emerging technologies and becoming a crucial part of digital transformation strategies for companies across all industries. Digital industrial transformation must occur across three dimensions: business value transformation, enterprise technology transformation, and ecosystem transformation. A new ecosystem for IoT is emerging, one that includes traditional IT giants, mobile and wireless industry players, and IoT-specific vendors and that requires rethinking approaches to products, innovation processes, organizational structures, market messaging, and channels.

Topics: Data Management

ESG Research Report: The Evolving Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Landscape

Abstract:

ESG surveyed 391 North American IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in order to explore the trends and preferences involving business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) strategies, implementations, and methodologies. All respondents were IT professionals familiar with and/or responsible for data protection technology decisions for their organization, specifically around technologies and processes to facilitate BC/DR.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Brief: Why You Still Need Backup

Abstract:

It’s important for organizations to appreciate the differences between “backup” and processes such as file sync and share or deriving copies via storage-based snapshots and replicas. It’s also important to know that even if a midsized organization is leveraging software-as-a-service (SaaS), it still must ensure proper preservation. This research brief describes the distinctive elements of three data protection scenarios, including covering how restoration and recovery fit into the picture.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Brief: Disaster Recovery-as-a-service Usage Trends

Abstract:

One of the most exciting intersections between data protection and the cloud is disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS). These services enable organizations of all sizes to not only leverage cloud-based storage capacity for data survivability, but also actually restart servers and services from a cloud provider when they need it, while not having to manage a second set of infrastructure when they don’t. This brief looks at recent DRaaS usage and perceptions based on ESG research conducted on business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) trends in 2016.

Topics: Data Protection

ESG Research Report: Platform-as-a-service Language Use Study

Abstract:

As part of ESG’s application development and deployment (AD&D) research, this survey was primarily focused on understanding interest in platform-as-a-service (PaaS). There were 4 specific objectives in fielding this survey:

Topics: Application Development & Deployment

ESG Brief: PTC Sees the Future of IoT Through Augmented Reality Lenses

Abstract:

PTC’s ThingEvent in Boston revealed how its Vuforia platform will be used to integrate augmented reality (AR) into broader IoT initiatives for industrial and enterprise customers. AR has the potential to act as a conduit between the digital and physical worlds, and demonstrates that IoT initiatives are truly the convergence of a number of emerging technologies. A string of software and platform acquisitions (including Vuforia) over the past two years has positioned PTC as a leader in the emerging IoT ecosystem and has created a set of assets to increasingly provide enterprises with the puzzle pieces with which to construct industrial IoT solutions.

Topics: Data Management

ESG Brief: Cybersecurity Skills Shortage: A State of Emergency

Abstract:

ESG has been researching, writing about, and addressing the cybersecurity skills shortage for a number of years. Unfortunately, this situation continues to deteriorate. In a disquieting development, nearly half of organizations now claim to have a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills. Additionally, a vast majority of organizations acknowledge that it is difficult to recruit and hire cybersecurity talent. ESG believes that this trend represents a national security risk demanding a comprehensive strategy from national governments.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Research Report: Trends in Data Center Networking

Abstract:

ESG conducted an in-depth survey of 306 IT professionals responsible for evaluating, purchasing, and managing campus and data center networking technologies for their organizations. Survey participants represented midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America (United States and Canada). A broad cross section of verticals is represented in this sample.

Topics: Networking

ESG Brief: Data Protection Considerations for Converged and Hyperconverged Systems

Abstract:

“When you modernize production, you must modernize protection.” That claim is true in most IT transformational discussions. But it’s especially true when you’re trying to determine how your data protection strategies and methods should evolve as you embrace converged and hyperconverged (C/HC) systems.

Topics: Cybersecurity