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Annual IT Forecast 2015

IT leaders have lower expectations for budget increases for the coming year, yet confidence in the IT department’s ability to meet business demands continues to grow. This conviction may partly be attributed to the consistency seen in the IT leaders’ views on the biggest impact areas to the business—security, business intelligence (BI) and Big Data, mobility, and cloud. There is also significant alignment in numerous categories, including the areas in which organizations expect to spend their budget, the most challenging IT roles to fill, the areas in which IT leaders are expecting salary increases and the IT roles that are most critical to success in 2015. While budget growth expectations for 2015 are lower than 2014’s, IT leaders are still very optimistic about the coming year.

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2015 IT Industry Forecast

Executive Summary

2015 IT Industry Forecast


Key Facts
  • Seventy-one percent of IT leaders report confidence in their ability to satisfy business demands in 2015, representing an increase from 66 percent and 54 percent in forecasts for 2014 and 2013, respectively.
  • The top five areas where most IT leaders expect to increase spending in 2015 include security (65 percent), mobility (54 percent), cloud (53 percent), BI/Big Data (49 percent) and storage (46 percent). Twenty-nine percent of IT leaders also expect to increase spending on ERP.
  • Seventy-three percent of IT leaders indicate that operational objectives such as reducing costs, improving efficiency, consolidating, standardizing and streamlining present the biggest organizational challenges.
  • Salary increases are most likely to be average, with 68 percent of IT leaders saying that they expect overall staff salaries to increase by up to 5 percent. Only 8 percent expect increases of 6 percent or more and 21 percent expect salaries to remain the same.
  • Hiring expectations have also slowed. Entering 2014, 47 percent of IT leaders expected an increase in full-time IT staff hiring. Entering 2015, just 40 percent expect an increase, and 50 percent expect it to be the same as 2014.