Logicalis UK&IRL the leading technology service provider, today reveals the challenges that IT professionals are most concerned about in 2023, with security threats taking the top spot (47%). This was followed by skills and resourcing (46%) and budgetary pressure (36%).
The survey of IT professionals across Ireland and the UK also found that more than a third (35%) are concerned about upgrading legacy infrastructure systems, while almost a fifth (18%) are worried about IT supply chain shortages.
Given the challenges causing the most concern, it’s perhaps unsurprising that some 71% of respondents are planning to focus their IT strategy this year on security. The other two most cited focus areas were public cloud (46%) and automation (41%).
Clearly, cloud remains a key focus for 2023 with a quarter (25%) of IT experts also honing in on cloud backup. Some 30% will prioritise hybrid (multi) cloud, with 34% set to focus on Software as a Service (SaaS) or cloud applications.
A similar proportion (35%) are setting their sights on data protection and compliance as a primary focus area of their 2023 IT strategy, while workplace modernisation is a priority for 26% and remote working is high on the list for 30%. The same amount (30%) cited end user computing and environmental sustainability as key areas.
In terms of IT budgets for 2023, the research revealed that 35% of IT professionals are expecting theirs to increase – this is down considerably from 2022 when 51% expected their IT budgets to increase. Meanwhile, some 40% are expecting theirs to stay the same, with a quarter (25%) anticipating a decrease – rising from 16% who expected a decrease the year previously.
When it comes to making strategic IT decisions, 76% said the input of the internal IT team is most valuable. Moreover, half (50%) value the input of their peers/personal network most and 46% identified independent tech specialists.
The study also found that 95% of organisations are currently using Microsoft as the technology vendor most aligned with their IT strategy for 2023. The other vendors in the top five were VMware (83%), Azure Cloud (82%), Dell (78%) and Cisco (73%).
Alex Louth, Managing Director, Logicalis UK&I, said: “Given the concerns around rising threats and lacking skills, where IT leaders allocate their spend is more critical than ever. Furthermore, there is a balance to be found between securing company systems and supporting the modern workplace.
“This will mean choosing not just the right technological solutions and vendors, but having an approach which can evolve to meet the needs of the team and the business as a whole – both today and moving forward.
“After all, workplace modernisation is a continuous process and change is required. However, if organisations can successfully master and implement their IT strategy, they can protect their data, encourage team innovation and drive business growth.”
To download the Logicalis IT Survey Results, Independent Survey of IT Priorities, UK and Ireland, click here.