ESG Research Report: 2018 IT Spending Intentions Survey


In order to assess IT spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 651 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’ 2017 IT spending as well as their 2018 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire organization level or at a business unit/division/branch level.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Data Protection Networking Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI Converged Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration IT Spending Intentions

ESG Brief: 2018 Application Development Spending Priorities


As enterprise organizations evolve their digital transformation initiatives, the need for them to become more agile in application development is often a lynchpin in the viability of these efforts. ESG’s research has found that, when it comes to application development initiatives and strategies, formalizing DevOps practices and developing new mobile applications were among organizations’ top spending priorities for the next 12-18 months. These top initiatives are driven by an organization’s overall application development output, with strong correlations between the need to formally implement DevOps practices with the size and number of applications deployed.

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration IT Spending Intentions

ESG Brief: Multi-factor Authentication Trends


While the consensus remains that username and password authentication is an adequate security control in at least some cases, the majority of organizations currently use multi-factor authentication (MFA) technology. Despite the obvious benefits of using MFA, organizations tend to leverage this technology on a more selective basis. What will it take for multi-factor authentication to become the ubiquitous de facto access control strategy for organizations, or will MFA continue to coexist with username and password approaches for the foreseeable future?

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: Shifting IAM Responsibilities to the Information Security Group


While mobile devices and cloud applications have provided organizations with numerous benefits including increased employee productivity, they have also created new challenges, many of which have security implications created from an expanded security perimeter. This includes the need to update traditional approaches to identity and access management (IAM) in an increasingly mobile and cloudy world, from tools deployed through policies written to the involvement of security groups in these activities. Organizationally, aligning IAM strategies with the information security group is a best practice businesses should adopt to take control of how fractured IAM has become.

Topics: Cybersecurity Identity and Access Management Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: 2018 Data Analytics Spending Trends


Most organizations expect to spend more on business intelligence (BI), analytics, and big data technology solutions in 2018 as organizations continue down a path of becoming more data-driven, increasingly in real time. While overall most organizations are earmarking at least some funds for traditional business intelligence, cloud- and edge-based analytics are being prioritized by leading-edge IT consumers.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI IT Spending Intentions

ESG Brief: Top Five Identity and Access Management Challenges and Opportunities


Identity and access management (IAM) is as old as the Internet, but mobility initiatives and cloud applications are putting stress on companies’ security perimeters, especially when it comes to IAM policies and approaches. Challenges to IAM still exist—though one may have thought they’d been addressed years ago. Today, companies are reacting with IAM organizational, technology, and process initiatives to help win back a certain measure of control, and ideally enhance the company’s security posture.

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: Software-defined Storage: Finding Value Amongst the Noise


Software-defined storage (SDS) transforms data centers, delivering the IT infrastructure agility businesses require to remain competitive in this increasingly digitally defined economy. As a key enabler for software-defined data centers, as well as hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and private cloud storage services, deploying storage intelligence as software is completely redefining data centers—both operationally and when it comes to capital investments. While SDS can deliver long-term transformational benefits, not all SDS solutions are the same. Identifying the right SDS solution is critical to achieving the maximum benefit and the desired business outcome.

Topics: Storage Cloud Services & Orchestration