Computerworld

Forecast Study

2016

IT Budgets Increasing

Q1: What changes do you expect in your organization’s IT budget in the next 12 months? AND Please indicate the percentage by which your IT
budget will increase.

Source: Computerworld 2016 Forecast Study

2

Ongoing Trend: Moving Infrastructure to the Cloud

3

Cloud Projects are Most Important to IT

Q: What is the single most important technology project that your IT department is working on right now? Select exactly one.

Source: Computerworld 2016 Forecast Study

4

Greatest Impact Expected from Cloud & Self-service IT

Q: Which of these disruptive technologies is most likely to have an impact on your organization over the next three to five years?

Source: Computerworld 2016 Forecast Study

5

Adoption of New IT Strategy: A Growing Enterprise Priority

Q. Is your organization adopting new philosophies/strategies for enterprise IT projects, like agile development and DevOps?

Source: Computerworld 2015 Forecast Study

6

Headcount Growth Due to New Projects, Corporate
Expansion & Need for Tech/Business Backgrounds
63%
59%

New systems, projects
45%

Corporate growth/systems expansion

39%

Addition of new tech hires with tech and business
background who can articulate IT's value in meeting
business goals/needs

42%
26%
25%
20%

Security initiatives

24%
22%

Restoring staff levels due to improving economy
Addition of competitive or unique services
to increase ROI or business value

19%
22%

7%

Regulatory compliance demands

17%
2016

2015

Q: If you expect your IT employee headcount to increase, which factors will account for that? [Please select all that apply] Base: Expect IT head
count to increase in the next 12 months

Source: Computerworld 2016 Forecast Study

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Increasing Headcount? Security Skillsets In-Demand &
Hard to Find for Enterprises
WHICH TYPE OF SKILLS WILL YOU BE HIRING IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS?
IT architecture
Programming/application development
Project management
Big Data
Business intelligence/analytics
Help desk/technical support
Security/compliance/governace
Database adminstration
Cloud/SaaS
Web development
Mobile applications and device management
Networking
Vendor management
Business strategy
Virtualization
Storage administration
Data center
Telecommunications
Social business
Marketing technology

19%

30%

42%
40%
39%
36%
34%
30%

25%
25%
21%
25%
24%
22%
18%
16%
16%
13%
1
2
12%
12%
3
4
12%
9%
6%

33%

Ranked in order of
most difficult to hire

Q: If you expect your IT employee headcount to increase, for which types of skills will you be hiring in the next 12 months?
Q: Which of these skills do you expect it will be MOST difficult to hire for?
BASE: Expect IT head count to increase in the next 12 months

Source: Computerworld 2016 Forecast Study

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