2013 looks promising as Gartner Group predicts that worldwide IT spending will surpass $3.7 trillion dollars next year and $4 trillion by 2015. One reason, according to Peter Sondergaard, senior VP at Gartner, at the annual 2012 Gartner Symposium/ITexpo, a new spending trend is developing outside of IT departments: “Every budget is an IT budget.”
and use of mobile technologies. This spending trend will only accelerate as different departments adopt increasingly more cloud and mobile technologies. Examples include use of SalesForce.com and other cloud-based CRM packages, increased use of social media marketing tools such as Marketo and Eloqua, as well as increased corporate use of file sharing services like DropBox.
With increasing technology demands, Gartner also estimates that 1.9 million US-based IT jobs will be created by 2015 to support big aata. Only one-third of which will be filled due to lack of skilled applicants. In addition, CIOs will be tasked with supporting big data, cloud, and mobile technologies, while concurrently developing their workforce.
These predictions underscore the importance for CIOs to look at outside data centers for cloud computing and other hosting services. If outside department demands accelerate, as predicted by Gartner, IT departments will be challenged with trying to support the IT project demands of multiple departments, as well as their own, demanding IT projects – and doing all of them with a lower-skilled workforce.
Outsourcing data center services to a cloud computing or other provider, like ProfitBricks, allows your IT team to focus on supporting business needs, rather than managing data center operations. Outsourcing automatically offers CIOs, CTOs, and other IT leaders fully-knowledgeable support teams at their disposal. In addition, the providers have staff that understands data center security, high-availability, and compliance policies, procedures and regulations. With someone else managing your data center, your IT staff team can spend time developing applications and supporting corporate wide needs and initiatives.
Do you concur with the Gartner predictions?