Study confirms that security is the greatest IT challenge facing organizations

Published: Wednesday, 30 March 2016 08:48

According to the SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2016, 66 percent of respondents report that security remains the greatest challenge.

The ‘IT Trends Report 2016: The Hybrid IT Evolution’ study features insights from UK IT practitioners, managers and directors proving that the vast majority of businesses have shifted away from on-premises-only infrastructure to hybrid IT environments, creating new pressures and concerns, such as resource and skillset requirements, for IT professionals.

“The findings of this year’s study paint a clear picture: cloud adoption is nearly ubiquitous, but it’s not now and will not in the foreseeable future be suitable for all workloads, and even if it were, very few if any companies would convert all of their existing applications to run in the cloud,” said Joel Dolisy, CIO, SolarWinds. “The resulting dynamic —one set of critical on-premises services connected with another set of services in the cloud — is hybrid IT. And in the middle of this evolution is the IT professional who needs to ensure always-on performance of applications, devices, networks and systems—regardless of location. They need to be empowered with the support to gain the skills and tools required to properly manage hybrid IT environments, which in turn will allow businesses to truly unlock the potential of the cloud.”

Key findings from the study include:

IT professionals are faced with a dual mandate: increase efficiency through cloud services while also ensuring critical systems, databases and applications are secure:

IT professionals require new skills, tools and resources to successfully drive the hybrid IT migration forward and enable their organizations to better meet business objectives:

“IT is pervasive across work, life and geography,” Dolisy added. “IT runs the world and, without it, our technological existence would come to a screeching halt. Bring-your-own-device and now the Internet of Things have added and continue to add hundreds of thousands of new devices to corporate systems, and as illustrated in this year’s report, IT is also evolving from traditional on-premises-only infrastructure to the hybrid strategy driven by the existence of the cloud. In short, IT is everywhere. Effectively managing and monitoring the new environment—from on-premises to the cloud with multiplying endpoints—to be able to act when needed is more critical now than ever.”

The annual SolarWinds IT Trends Report consists of survey-based research that explores significant trends, developments and movements related to and directly affecting IT and IT professionals. The findings of this year’s report are based on a global survey fielded in December 2015.

Read the SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2016: The Hybrid IT Evolution.