Survey highlights business technology trends for 2013

The effect that technology has on modern business is rapidly changing. The go-to IT solutions from five years ago, in some instances, are now considered obsolete. Even in a down economy, IT budgets are open – though only for the right business solution.

ComputerWorld released the results of their 2013 IT Forecast survey. Some 334 IT executives responded and shed light on what they will be prioritising in the future and where their money will be invested in.

Many companies are looking into mobile options. According to the survey, 43 percent of respondents are planning on investing in smartphones and tablets. Networking, which goes hand-in-hand with mobility, also remains a high priority for many CIOs. According to respondents, 19 percent plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.

The Robert Hall Technology’s third-quarter IT Hiring Index and Skills Report has network administration demand as high as 48 percent – its second highest skill sought – according to their survey of 1,400 CIOs. The only skill to garner more demand in the Hall Technology study is database management, which was cited by 55 percent of respondents.

“All of us are facing the same challenge,” Joe Mahaffee, executive VP and chief information security officer at Booz Allen Hamilton, said in an interview with ComputerWorld. “We’ve all got infrastructure we need to manage, increasing cost pressures and uncertainty in the market, but we’re all focused on our growth agendas, whatever they may be. We’ve got to leverage technology in a more effective and efficient manner to allow that to happen.”

Organizations in Ohio that are looking to invest in new technologies would be wise to partner with an IT consulting firm.

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