In 2013, IT dollars will be flowing toward cloud computing technology, as well as outsourced services, as administrators and CIOs look to trim or hold budgets in line, while taking advantage of technologies such as software-as-a-service (SaaS).
The fact that cloud computing remains a hot area for IT investment should come as no surprise to those watching industry trends. In its first-ever poll, Where to Spend?, Enterprise Conversation found that nearly 27 percent of IT professionals plan to spend their dollars in cloud and other outsourced services starting in January.
The attitude about spending in 2013 is backed up by Gartner, which forecasts that the public cloud services market will grow 19.6 percent in 2012 to total $109 billion worldwide . Within this market, Gartner’s Sept. 18 forecast found that SaaS would grow to more than $14 billion this year, while infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) will grow to $6.2 billion by year’s end.
After cloud computing, security and application software tied for second as priorities for IT departments in the new year. Of those surveyed, 15 percent of readers said these two areas were ripe for investment in 2013. This is understandable, considering the number of data breaches that made headlines in 2012, as well as issues related to compliance and government regulations.
Other areas that readers found important included network management and server virtualization. Of all those surveyed, 11.5 percent said these two topics are areas that they will pour money into next year. Of the remaining readers, about 7.7 percent found network infrastructure as a priority for 2013.
With the push to build out infrastructures to support cloud-based applications and other technologies, readers found that management technologies and server virtualization are top priorities to help get a better handle on their datacenters and make the most use of their current technologies.
You may still take part in the poll here.