2016 Survey Roundup: Trends in IT

Can you believe that more than a year has passed since the last survey roundup? Since the last installment of this annual recap of what IT things are trending and where those trends are likely to be going, much has been happening. This installment, the roundup will focus on the following:
  • CIOs
  • IT salaries
  • IT spending
  • IT security

So sit back and get an update without having to do the digging…


In 2015, Enterprise Alignment seemed to take center stage for CIOs with 68% of those surveyed in CIO.com’s “2015 State of the CIO” survey, reporting to have mutually shared and measurable goals with their C-level executive peers. Yet the IDC survey for 2015 indicated that 54% of line-of-business leaders surveyed see IT as an obstacle and impediment. Clearly in 2015, many a CIO does not share their line-of-business (LOB) peers perception as to how well they are aligned to the goals and objectives of the enterprise.

So what about 2016? According to IDC’s latest survey, CIOs have made some headway with their LOB peers with over 40% considering CIOs to be “Innovation Officer responsible for leading the transformation into the digital world.”

In some respects, the job of the CIO has grown in great complexity as they find themselves having to migrate away from premised-based closed systems to those that embrace cloud computing, mobile computing and the like. And when you overlay the issues related to security, the challenge becomes daunting at best.

Based on the latest CIO.com “2016 State of the CIO Survey,” integrating security into IT strategy will go from 37% now to around 74% within the next three years. The clash between moving to seamless and ubiquitous IT infrastructures and the need to secure the organization’s information assets from would-be hackers and professional cyber-criminals is only going to become more pronounced, at least for the foreseeable future.

For those CIOs who can’t keep up or fail to maintain a strategic and adaptive approach to evolving and protecting the information assets of an organization, the road ahead might become rocky indeed.

IT Salaries 

IT salaries saw some impressive gains in 2015 according to the ComputerWorld IT Salary Survey for 2015, with 67% of IT professionals receiving raises as opposed to 60% in 2014. According to the ComputerWorld Salary Survey for 2016, IT salary raises have returned to pre-downturn levels; up from 3.6% in 2015 to 3.9%. In addition, 74% of those surveyed indicated that they received raises (up another 7% points from 2015). Seems it is once again good to be in IT, especially if your skills lay in application development, IT security or support.

JANCO’s 2016 (Mid-Year) IT Salary Survey boasts a healthy increase in the mean salary for IT professionals, which for 2016 was $82,775 overall. The survey breaks that down by size of company as well. On the downside, employers are pushing more and more of the health plan costs onto employees, which in essence pulls down the increases to some extent.

IT Spending 

No recap would be complete without a look at IT spending. As always, Gartner takes center stage with their “Worldwide IT Spending Forecast.” Sadly, with the exception of gains in salaries, IT spending looks to be flat at $3.41 trillion in 2016. While we are talking trillions, the resistance of companies to make increased investments in IT seems to fly in the face of the idea of economic recovery.

IT Security 

Keeping the IT infrastructure and information assets of organizations has become increasingly difficult and complex. From breaches to ransomware, the attacks are increasing in volume, velocity and severity.

Based on PWC’s “The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2016,” the major source of intrusion incidents come from inside sources (employees, ex-employees, contractors/consultants) versus offshore hacking groups. Only around 10% of those surveyed indicated that they had suffered a loss of $10 million or more. These results don’t seem nearly as bad as one might think. However, if your organization is among that 10%, the stats don’t really matter much, if at all. It will be interesting to see how cybercrime capitalizes on exploiting weaknesses related to the IoT.

Source: www.projectmanagement.com

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