Advanced big data analytics gains ground in European corporate IT

UK and European IT is set to engage more with advanced information management, says the TechTarget IT Spending Priorities survey 2015

British and European IT is set to engage more this year than last with advanced forms of information management. Big data analytics and management emerged as a stronger area of focus in the annual TechTarget/Computer Weekly IT Spending Priorities survey for 2015 than it did in 2014.

Across Europe, 26% of this year's respondents indicated they would deploy business intelligence and data warehousing, compared with 31% in 2014. However, 12% of respondents indicated engagement with more recent database technologies, such as NoSQL, columnar and in-memory, compared with 7% in 2014. There were 590 European respondents overall, with 111 of those from the UK.

The Eurozone’s two biggest economies, Germany and France, are slightly ahead of the UK in data management intentions, apart from the fact that only 5% of German respondents say there are deploying advanced database technologies. However, 18% of German respondents are doing big data analytics, and 15% are doing big data management. The figures for France are 13% for analytics and 15% for big data management. 

The French also showed the strongest interest in advanced database technologies (14%). Meanwhile, 11% of UK respondents said they intended to undertake advanced database technology projects – 10% will do big data analytics and 8% big data management on the back end.

Also within the domain of information management, data governance has jumped as an investment area across Europe, from 13% in 2014 to 17% this year.

Collaboration applications gained two percentage points in engagement, from 17% to 19% of all European respondents. However, UK respondents were more inclined to deploy social technologies, such as Yammer, Jive and Jam, inside the enterprise. Some 21% said this, compared with 18% for France and 13% for Germany and other German-speaking territories.

The top three software initiatives for the UK were mobile applications (30%), business intelligence/datawarehousing (29%) and data integration (27%). Germany’s top three were business process automation (28%), content management (25%) and data integration (23%), while France’s were business intelligence/datawarehousing, packaged business applications and business process automation (all 24%). 

This seems to suggest that enterprise mobility is more of a priority for British IT professionals than their continental peers, and that more traditional business automation concerns are uppermost in Germany and France.

Across all of Europe, there has been a decline in the prioritisation of the big beasts of enterprise applications – ERP and CRM. In 2014, 59% of European respondents declared an intention to implement afresh or upgrade their core ERP, but this year that figure dropped to 45%. CRM was also down, from 51% to 45%.

Software development

On the development side of the IT department, European respondents to the survey are putting the accent on agile methods (27%), custom application development (25%) and service oriented architecture (23%), and 20% are doing application development in cloud environments.

On-premise (38%) and private cloud infrastructure (37%) are almost neck and neck as environments for respondents’ own application development, while public cloud will be used by 20% of respondents. This is a significant change from last year, when 61% of development was on-premise, 28% was private cloud, and 16% public.

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