This month, wired and wireless networking projects are the top IT priority, as measured by our IT Priorities research. Currently, more VoIP projects are underway than any other networking solution, a trend that started in January, showing the shift from 12-month planning to deployment. And VoIP projects are still top-of-mind among 12-month networking plans (true for 8 of the last 12 months). Longer-term, wireless networks lead the pack.
Hardware upgrades claim the #2 IT Priority slot, with server upgrades and migrations dominating current implementations. Storage area networks climbed to the top of planned hardware initiatives, and server consolidation will be most prominent in the 2-year timeframe—reflecting the natural progression of server lifecycle management.
Security rose to 3rd highest ranking priority, slipping past software infrastructure. Not surprisingly, IT managers are actively implementing anti-spam solutions. They are planning on authentication and anti-spyware projects down the road.
Among software infrastructure projects, ERP implementations and upgrades rank highest among enterprise applications. New to the “top priority” scene among 12-month planned initiatives is document management—paperless offices and printing solutions--followed by groupware 24-months out.
Rounding out the top 5 IT priorities, IT management makes a strong showing, with HIPPA and SOX projects rolling along. In the mid- to long term windows, IT managers will be turning their attention to managing and improving business processes to improve ROI, and see outsourcing as a means to further control costs.