Throughout 2004, ZDNet's IT Priorities data have been telling an interesting story about the future. The IT managers and executives we survey each month have told us that networking initiatives will account for 25-30% of their planned IT projects in 2005.
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The IT Priorities Research Program is ZDNet's and TechRepublic’s way of staying in very close touch with the technology plans of medium and large organizations. The program launched in October 2002 and has been collecting data continuously since that time.
We've talked a lot about the marriage between our IT Priorities data and our new analytical tool, BT Trax--our window into which technologies IT decision makers are implementing and the kinds of information they rely on to identify, select, and buy the best solutions. As a toast to their one year anniversary, here's a look at what they taught us in 2004.
August’s IT priorities data reveals a reshuffling of the most important projects as reported by IT pros. Security dropped from the fourth position down to six, opening the door for the first time for both Web technology and IT management to secure spots in the top-5 list.
In our latest IT Priorities survey, ZDNet Research found that enterprise portals are back in the spotlight as organizations with 500 or more employees plan for deployments in the short-term and 12-months out. ERP, Intrusion detection, VoIP, and infrastructure consolidation are also high on the priority list.
December's IT Priorities findings show that software infrastructure has once again reclaimed the second place position from hardware upgrades (now at no. 3) while security also jumped up a spot to no.
With Labor Day weekend quickly vanishing into a memory, the team has just finished compiling this month's IT priorities data. The big news is that what happened last month with security is now pretty much undone.
Industry analyst reporter Tekraticovers survey results from Forrester Research who asked large European firms to list their top IT priorities for 2005. Here is a summary:2005 IT Priorities of European EnterprisesInfrastructure consolidation: Almost two-thirds of European enterprises plan to prioritize efforts to consolidate existing IT infrastructure -- a quarter of them consider it a top priority for 2005.
ERP is the key software initiative organizations are now focused on according to the latest IT Priorities data. The software category as a whole jumped last month from the number four top IT priority to number two, stopping short of VoIP which remained untouched as the dominant topic on the minds of IT decision makers.
The research firm expects the bulk of IT spending to come from the discrete manufacturing and banking verticals.