Maturity, the European IT benchmarking company, has published its yearly Strategic IT Agenda – a survey of European IT managers on the hottest topics in the industry.
Unsurprisingly, costs and security are still top concerns for IT managers around Europe. However, this time digitalisation – a new entry – managed to outdo both, appearing in the survey as the number one strategic priority for 2016.
Maturity introduced digital transformation to the survey for the first time this year in response to the growing buzz surrounding the subject in the financial media. IT security was the second-highest priority on the list. IT managers pointed to the growing importance of internet business models for businesses everywhere, as well a string of recent high profile incidents, as the reasons for the increased standing of company security issues. The past year saw an unprecedented number of cyber-attacks – both in terms of scope and scale – take place around the world, from the theft of customer data from Telecoms companies to attacks on banking systems; even the German parliament’s IT was subject to cyber-attack.
Costs dropped to third place on the list of concerns, falling in importance for the third year running. However, the report did highlight that the minimisation of resources is still very much at the heart of company strategies around Europe where the motto “do more with less” still heavily applies.
Maturity also points to a trend of the last few years which has seen “classic” topics (such as optimisation) lose standing in relation to recent entrants such as IT sourcing strategy, which increased in importance by 10 per cent within the last two years. Budgetary concerns are still the main driver for action in IT, followed by business innovation.
According to the survey, outsourcing in IT seems to have come to a standstill over the last year and is expected to continue to stagnate throughout 2016 – more than half of the companies surveyed have no plans to increase the weight of outsourcing in the business, stating that the relative amount of work done in-house will stay the same.
The report mentions both the increasing professionalisation of internal IT personnel and the expansion of cloud usage as the two main factors driving increased user operation of infrastructure as opposed to contracting out of operations.