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IT Outlook for 2017

What’s in store for the IT world in 2017? TEKsystems surveyed over 700 CIOs, IT vice presidents, directors and managers to find out. Here’s what they had to say:

Nearly half of IT leaders plan to increase their budget in 2017 (49 percent), rebounding from 2016 (37 percent).

While technology spending continues to decentralize, the majority of it will go toward IT and operations (60 percent in 2016 and 77 percent in 2017). Marketing and sales spending will level out and heavier investments will be made in maintenance activities (27 percent in 2016 and 7 percent in 2017).

Confidence in IT’s ability to support organizational demands has never been higher and has risen to 79 percent in 2017.

Security remains the top trend that will have the biggest impact on the organization. Business intelligence and big data hold steady year over year, while cloud computing is another trend anticipated to make a big impact.

Programming and development are not only the most needed skills, but also the most difficult to find. Only 1 in 3 IT leaders plan to increase staff salaries next year, primarily for programming and development (50 percent), software engineering (47 percent) and security skill sets (45 percent). Companies are demanding more from their vendors and IT leaders intend to spend more on delivery options that meet their unique needs. In fact, IT leaders plan to spend 12 percent more on managed, project-based or SOW services, and 5 percent more on staff augmentation in 2017.

Overall, IT leaders are optimistic: budgets are up and IT departments will be able to support organizational demands, with a little help from trusted partners. This suggests 2017 should be a strong year for IT.

For more information about TEKsystems’ annual IT Forecast and the outlook for 2017, contact us today.