As the New Year begins and we all return to work after a (much needed) hiatus with friends and family, we enter our offices and face the piles of work we have on our plates. After all those lovely days of hanging out, coming back to your desk can feel daunting. When you’re in the trenches and working hard to whittle down all the tasks you have due by the end of the day, week, month, and rest of the year, it’s easy to lose sight of just how valuable you are to your company. Luckily, we have a study that might help raise your spirits.
Computerworld has a sunny outlook on what IT will be like in 2016. In its survey of 182 IT professionals, they found that (and this will probably result in a collective “Well, duh!”) IT will be more important than ever this year. We’ll be taking a look at some cool information on budgeting, challenges IT professionals face, and career outlook for the new year.
To kick off this series, we’re going to start with the big one: Money. According to the study, and pretty much anyone who has been around in the tech industry for any length of time, one of the only ways to create advancements in technology is to throw money at something. Whether it’s hiring more people, investing in better apps, or even just taking a chance and rolling the dice on something new, technology is pricey.
According to the study, IT spending in 2016 will continue to rise as more and more companies push to digitize and make the transition from pencil on paper to bytes, with the majority of respondents saying that their budgets will increase. So, where is all that money going in terms of IT? Well, with technology comes exceptional visibility, and with that visibility comes potential vulnerabilities. Security is a huge concern, and the numbers reflects that.
- 46% said that IT spending would increase in 2016.
- On average, the increase in spending will be about 14.7%.
- 50% said they plan to increase money to protect company assets, allocating funds security maintenance.
- Cloud computing was a close second to receive some extra pocket change with 48% of survey respondents saying that this was where they would increase spending this year.
You’re probably saying “Wait, Oz, budgets increasing? More people to hire? More things I have to do by the end of the day? How is this positive?”
Look at it this way – if money is any indication of necessity, IT is going to be more in demand than ever.
With increased visibility into IT throughout the company, there are more chances that someone else (who’s not in the company) will be able to expose weak points and gain access. So, as a result, money needs to be allocated to not only bring companies into the digital age, but to also make sure that company data, including information on employees, is safely tucked away from the hands of devious individuals. And, as we’ve already discussed, IT can vastly improve service in other departments, increasing the productivity and efficiency of the company.
Having more at stake in your role means you have more of an investment in the company’s overall welfare. So you’ll have more of a hand in how the business is performing financially which, sure, may increase your task load, but will also make you more visible to the higher ups. It’s more pressure (and you’ll have to be sneakier about those Reddit breaks), but it comes with the potential of great rewards. In fact, Samanage’s platform is focused on the visibility you need to be successful (and within budget constraints), letting your higher ups see your performance for the day, week, month and where their money is going.
IT professionals will be more and more integral to the success of the enterprise. So get out there and attack 2016 — there’s great opportunity in IT.