The Future of IT: 2018 Trends and How They Impact You

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Most people who do not work in IT probably don’t think much about their IT department unless they’re calling the helpdesk for an issue with their computer. At Mindover Software, we know better. IT is a key part of business from hardware to software to security and data access, and confidence in IT and the solutions they implement is a major part of your business’ success. Our business consulting services can help you navigate the world of technology.

How Confident Are You in IT?

A recent survey found that, at the end of 2017, confidence in satisfying and supporting core IT has diminished partly due to strain on shrinking IT budgets and initiatives that are bigger than implementations. Expectations are largely for IT budgets to decrease, or at best, stay the same. Yet at the same time, more than half surveyed also predict their IT staff’s salaries will rise in 2018, most notably for those involved in security and software engineering/developing.

Confidence in IT’s ability to satisfy core demands in 2018 remains high, even as it has dropped 10 percent since 2017, a direct result of shrinking budgets and the resulting abilities to meet expectations in the face of that. This is a key statistic to note, as the ability to support core IT activities alongside new initiatives can have a major impact on an organization.

New Trends

What’s interesting—and pertains to the lowered confidence in IT’s ability to launch new initiatives—is the shift in IT department structure from a centralized department to a system where decisions on tech spending are moving into other areas of the business. The survey’s research manager even remarked, “IT leaders and their departments are being asked to do more with less, as we’re seeing a decrease in IT budgets with tech spend moving outside of centralized IT. That being said, the responsibilities for ‘keeping the lights on,’ including data integration, information security, and a host of other duties, remain.”

What About New Technology?

New technology emerges almost daily, it seems, but the newest initiatives IT departments are looking at, going forward, include the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR), and blockchain.

Unfortunately, those are the same areas the survey indicated are lagging in development. Few companies seem to have plans to do anything with these hot initiatives within the next 12 months. What’s particularly surprising about this is that initiatives such as IoT and AI have major potential positive impact for businesses. But, when compared with the concern of IT leaders that their teams may not have the ability to satisfy core demands, perhaps this result isn’t all that surprising.

On the positive end, security, cloud computing, and big data analytics are all going strong, with more than half to three-quarters of surveyed responders indicating they are already in implementation phase for at least one of these in 2018.

Get What You Need from IT with Mindover Software

Whether your IT plans need a little or a lot of help, business consulting firms, such as Mindover Software, are here to fill the gaps and build your confidence in IT once more. We specialize in helping businesses of all sizes find the right technology initiatives for their organization’s needs. Not sure what you need? We’re also adept at recommending solutions to fit precise business requirements and get you the results you’re looking for.

Mindover walks with you through the entire implementation of your new technology solutions, and then keeps going. Post-implementation, our team maintains its partnership with you to ensure accurate performance of the solution and meet any needs which arise. With locations in Austin, TX; Boise, ID; Dallas, TX; San Antonio, TX; and Hartford, CT, Mindover is strategically placed across the country to meet your technology initiative needs with expert business consulting services.

No matter what size company you have or how complicated your requirements may be, Mindover Software is here to provide the right software and solutions for your organization. We help you select and use the best technology, adapting to the ever-changing demands of technology initiatives through new and innovative software products. Contact us today to find the best solutions for your company and boost your confidence in IT once more.

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