Red Hat recently surveyed over 400 customers from around the globe to understand their IT priorities for 2018, including top challenges, budget allocation, and cloud deployment strategies.
Here’s what Red Hat Global Customer Tech Outlook 2018 revealed:
IT spend is shifting:
While spend in 2017 focused on optimising existing IT, most respondents are planning to spend more of their budgets in the following areas in 2018: delivering cloud infrastructure and services (36%); integrating data and applications (76%); and developing and deploying modern applications (30%).
Cloud initiatives continue to grow:
Funding for cloud infrastructure was cited as a top focus for investments among survey respondents in 2018 (36%), with hybrid and multi-cloud favoured. Most organizations surveyed (61%) also now define their cloud infrastructure strategies as hybrid, as compared to last year, when it was a split between hybrid (30%) and private (38%).
While hybrid cloud is the hot strategy, some respondents are still going beyond hybrid coordination to workload portability across more than one cloud concurrently, using multi-cloud strategies for their apps. About 37% of responding organisations are moving towards a multi-cloud future, either deploying or planning to deploy a multi-cloud infrastructure in 2018.
Modernising existing IT investments still a top challenge (and priority) for many:
This year one priority for many respondents is addressing the challenges associated with optimising and modernising existing IT investments, which 42% of survey respondents ranked as a top challenge in 2018. Additional top challenges include improving security (47%), automating processes (36%), and integration of data, processes and apps (26%). Additionally, 31% of respondents consider modernizing existing IT investments a funding priority this year.
‘Emerging technologies are still emerging’:
Over 50% of respondents reported they have no plans to conduct research or implement artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML) solutions in 2018. A little over 40% said the same of the Internet of Things (IoT). For most IT organizations, these emerging technology areas are still emerging and not a top priority in 2018.