Cloud computing continues its dominance in the IT agenda of the organizations, with 51% of the IT professionals citing cloud/hybrid IT as one of the top-five technology priorities over the next five years, as per the IT Trends Report 2018 by SolarWinds.
SolarWinds surveyed around 800 IT professionals globally to explore the priorities of existing as well as emerging technologies in their IT strategies.
- Top technologies for IT strategy
According to the report, cloud/hybrid IT (95%) was voted as the most important technology among the top-five technologies critical to their IT agenda today.
Automation (86%), big data analytics (75%), internet of things (IoT), and containers (49%), were the other priority technologies for IT strategies today.
The reason behind the dominance of cloud/hybrid IT was that it serves as the underlying technology of other emerging technologies like machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI).
- Top technologies for digital transformation
Cloud/hybrid IT was cited as the most important technology for digital transformation over next three to five years, as well as the technology that can offer most productivity and efficiency, and ROI.
Automation was voted as the second priority for digital transformation, as well as the critical technology for productivity/efficiency and ROI today.
Whereas, big data analytics ranked second as the technology for digital transformation over the next three to five years.
It was surprising to find that IT professionals didn’t cite AI among the top five technologies for digital transformation over next three to five years. Whereas, a survey by Fortune had revealed that 81% of the CEOs consider AI and ML as a top priority for their business.
- AI and ML adoption to grow in coming years
Only 29% and 21% IT professionals voted artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), respectively, as their top technology priority today. However, the investments in AI and ML will increase in the next three to five years, reaching 37% and 31%, respectively.
- Challenges with cloud computing and hybrid IT
As per the report, 58% of the IT professionals said that the implementation, rollout, and day to day performance of their systems, were the main challenges that arose with cloud computing and hybrid IT.
47% of them indicated that their IT environments were not optimized. Of them, 43% said that inadequate organizational strategy, and inadequate investment were the top barriers to achieve optimization.
- Containers to address cloud/hybrid IT challenges
A number of challenges arise with cloud computing and hybrid IT. To address these challenges, 44% IT professionals cited containers as the most important technology priority today, while 38% cited containers as most important technology priority for next three to five years.
“The SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2018 shows IT professionals are focusing in on proven technologies that deliver value today, like cloud and containers, with an eye toward AI for tomorrow,” said Joe Kim, executive vice president and global chief technology officer, SolarWinds.