IT Industry Poised for Modest Growth in 2016

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-02-09 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    IT Industry Poised for Modest Growth in 2016

    The tech industry will see modest but steady growth this year, according to a combination of survey findings and "year ahead" forecasting from CompTIA.
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    2 - Slight Uptick
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    Slight Uptick

    Overall, global IT industry revenue will increase to $3.8 trillion in 2016 from $3.7 trillion last year.
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    3 - Segment Breakdown
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    Segment Breakdown

    Hardware, software and services will account for 59% of the global IT market, while telecom will account for 41%.
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    Confidence Holding Steady

    The CompTIA IT Industry Business Confidence Index is now 64 (on a 100-point scale), about the same as it was this time last year.
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    Business From Old and New Customers

    57% of survey respondents are optimistic about their company's potential to reach new customer segments, and 54% expect to see a pick-up in business from the existing customer base.
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    Some Expressions of Caution

    55% express concerns about the possibilities of customers postponing IT purchases, and 40% voice pessimism about the potential for customers to opt for less expensive or smaller IT purchases from competitors.
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    Cloud/SaaS, Security to Overperform Expectations

    44% expect cloud apps/software as a service to overperform market expectations this year, and 43% said the same about cyber-security.
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    Cloud/IaaS and Mobile Also to Exceed Expectations

    38% predict that cloud infrastructure/Infrastructure as a service will over-perform market expectations in 2016, and 35% forecast the same for mobile devices.
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    2016 Trends: User Experience Tech Takes 'Push' and 'Pull' Directions

    Intensifying efforts to improve the user experience, providers will implement "push" innovations to encourage certain user behaviors and "pull" initiatives to respond to user preferences.
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    2016 Trends: Organizations Will Develop More Tech Talent In-House

    While solution providers and managed services companies will continue to play critical roles, businesses will seek further development of internal IT talent to address needs, such as software development, IT support, cyber-security and data analytics.
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    Remember when the cloud was considered an abstract concept? No longer. Now viewing the benefits as obvious, organizational leaders are adopting a "cloud-first" strategy for tech projects—a concept that will make the cloud an accepted norm, just like the Internet or electricity.
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    Information assurance will shift further away from passive/reactive prevention measures, moving toward penetration testing, external audits, end-user evaluations, security training and other proactive tactics.
 

The tech industry will see modest but steady growth this year, according to a combination of survey findings and "year ahead" forecasting from CompTIA. The resulting "IT Industry Outlook 2016" report reveals that sector executives express steady confidence in the business climate for the next 12 months. They're optimistic about reaching new customer segments while increasing sales from existing customers. Meanwhile, markets such as cloud apps/software as a service, infrastructure as a service and mobility are expected to emerge as top growth drivers. "2016 will be a pivotal year for organizations pursuing digital transformation strategies," reads the report. "While companies large and small have embraced cloud and mobile over the past five years, it will take more than the adoption of these technologies to realize the benefits of digital business. The pressure will be on for C-suite executives to drive the realignment of business models and workflows to ensure harmony with existing technology investments, while incorporating new data analytics, social and automation elements." Here's a look at key takeaways from the report, including a number of 2016 predictions. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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