More Data to Chew On
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There was so much data that we weren’t able to talk about all of it in the paper. If you love crunching numbers, you may want to roll up your sleeves, download the survey source data (SPSS, 123KB), and get busy analyzing and visualizing to see what further insights you may be able to reveal.
To whet your appetite, here are some more detailed, behind-the-paper results.
Figure 1 shows the detailed adoption status results for Business Analytics, Mobile Computing, Cloud Computing, and Social Business. From this graph, we see that Business Analytics and Mobile Computing are already quite mainstream, with over 50% of respondents deploying. Cloud Computing and Social Business represent a coming wave, with 40% or more of respondents either already piloting the technologies, or planning to adopt them within two years.
As discussed in the Tech Trends report, planned investment levels in all four technologies over the next two years point to all four technologies moving full steam ahead: 55% or more of respondents plan to increase investment in Mobile, Cloud, and Business Analytics, and 43% plan to increase their investment in Social Business.
Despite the foothold of these technologies and the enthusiastic investment landscape, the report cites troubling IT skill gaps, which threaten to slam on the brakes just as organizations are hoping to leverage these technologies for their strategic advantage. Figure 2 gives some additional numbers, showing the extremely low levels of IT/business respondents who report they have all the skills needed, and the low levels of academics who think their institutions are adequately teaching skills to meet the needs of the IT workforce. You can also see how the academic perspective on major gaps is far more pessimistic than the current outlook reported by industry.
The report also highlights Security as a #1 barrier to adoption for Mobile Computing, Cloud Computing, and Social Business, and a #2 barrier for Business Analytics. Figure 3 puts these barriers into context. Particularly in the areas of Mobile and Cloud, you can see how dramatically Security outpaces the #2 barriers.
Security is top-of-mind for most organizations: 62% of respondents rate Security as one of the top-three most important areas to their organization overall in the next two years. Indeed, Figure 4 shows the considerable percentages of respondents who report that their IT security policies are insufficient in each of the areas.
Not wanting to be at a strategic disadvantage, a majority of respondents are busy strengthening their security-related skills in each of the four technology areas, as shown in Figure 5. Moreover, 62 percent plan to develop or acquire security strategies and policies in Social Business within the next two years, and 50 percent are actively engaged in increasing security capabilities of existing Mobile applications.
We invite you to join the conversation by commenting on this blog post. Discuss findings from the study you find interesting, or share new insights you’ve discovered by working with the data yourself.