IT Spending, Devices Dominate Gartner Predictions

In revealing its five-year prognostications for IT – based on 100-plus predictions from analysts in various research areas – Gartner sees some serious increases in IT spending and wide use of personal devices for corporate uses.

For example, here’s one of the top predictions: “By 2015, information-smart businesses will increase recognized IT spending per head by 60 percent.” Of course, this begs a question about the number of heads, especially when taking into account another top prediction: “By 2015, tools and automation will eliminate 25 percent of labor hours associated with IT services.”

Personal devices will continue to change the computing paradigm in the next years, Gartner’s folks believe. “By 2013, 80 percent of businesses will support a workforce using tablets,” according to one prediction, which links with another: “By 2014, 90 percent of organizations will support corporate applications on personal devices.”

“With costs still under pressure, growth opportunities limited and the tolerance to bear risk low, IT faces increased levels of scrutiny from stakeholders both internal and external,” notes Gartner analyst Darryl Plummer in his report summary. “All parties expect greater transparency, and meeting this demand will require that IT become more tightly coupled to the levers of business control.”

It sounds to EasyStreet like Virtual Desktop Services will be important to support these personal/work devices.

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