Report: IT automation to drive tech spending in 2022

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A report by SWZD found that most companies are optimistic that revenues will increase again in 2021 after a significant year-over-year decline in 2022, and 61% of companies expect their corporate revenues to increase in 2022. That expectation turns 32. affect% of the budget increases, with 64% of companies (500+ employees) planning to increase their IT budgets, compared to 45% of small and medium-sized companies (1-499 employees).

SWZD tried to understand how technology budgets are distributed across hardware, software, cloud services, and managed IT services. The survey eventually found that the pandemic-induced rush to remote work will continue to have a significant impact on future technology spending, as 86% of IT developers planning to change jobs in 2022 are considering remote jobs.

Due to this remote push, modernization efforts are expected over several years, which is reflected in an increased priority of IT projects in many companies – the main reason for budget increases (49%) in 2022 compared to 45% in 2021.

Given the rise in ransomware and a lack of awareness of security threats among hybrid and remote employees, the report found that more than 75% of organizations plan to provide employee training and spend on new anti-ransomware technology solutions to protect endpoints and remote users introduce more effective.

As for hardware, in 2022 laptops will be the largest area of ​​spending (19% of hardware budgets) and desktop spending (14%). While server spend will account for 11% of the hardware budget, allocations have dropped significantly – from 14% in 2020 – as workloads move away from local data centers.

As workloads shift from local data centers to remote work, IT budgets are shifting towards hosted / cloud-based services. The report cited recent research on cloud buying collectives, which found that 50% of all business workloads should run in the cloud by 2023, up from 40% in 2021. At the same time, the budget for cloud-based technologies has risen significantly, which is 26 % of IT spending in 2022 compared to 22% in 2020. For this reason, software spending on local servers is falling, with planned spending on virtualization falling significantly between 2020 and 2022 (from 10% to 8%) and operating systems (from 13% to 11%).

Read the full report from SWZD.

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