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January 2017

UK IT Priorities 2017

Computer Weekly’s annual IT Priorities survey found that while budgets for staff and on-premise servers are falling, IT decision makers are planning to spend more on cloud services. That should not come as a surprise given that cloud services are well and truly coming of age. In September 2016, the Ministry of Defence became the first tenant in Microsoft’s UK-based Azure datacentre, and in December, AWS’s UK datacentre came online. In the survey, 28% of respondents said they would implement virtual private networks in 2017. But in this age of user empowerment, flexible working, cross-organisational collaboration and IT consumerisation, the idea that IT still sees a need for a hard network perimeter, with highly controlled access, seems at odds with modern working practices. Similarly, the IT Priorities survey found that 15% of IT decision makers expect to increase their maintenance budget in 2017. There is nothing wrong with spending more on something that continues to add business value, but how many CIOs are faced with demands for higher and higher maintenance bills from their legacy software providers? The challenge for CIOs is that, given a choice, business stakeholders may not feel the urge to take on significant IT projects, especially given current economic uncertainty. The survey drills down into what areas IT decision makers are planning to invest in during 2017. This can help in putting together a business case to modernise existing systems and business processes, to reflect the cloud-first collaborative nature of the modern working practices.

Table Of Contents

  • What will IT decision makers be focusing on?
  • UK and European firms to continue to invest in data protection ahead of GDPR
  • Hybrid cloud set to dominate datacentre infrastructure buying decisions
  • Buyers look for network privacy, visibility tools
  • Hiring cyber security and big data experts named top priority for IT recruiters in 2017

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