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Information technology priorities: A guide to TechTarget's annual survey

Last updated:July 2016

Editor's note

In IT no goals or strategies are set in stone -- they change with each new innovation and enterprise market shift. In TechTarget's 2016 Information Technology Priorities Survey, professionals in the IT field shared their top projects, prospects and concerns for this year -- broaching the topics of tech spending; projected budgets; and shifting analytics, security and software priorities.

The survey was conducted in late 2015, with 385 IT professionals in a wide range of industries surveyed in North America. The majority of respondents list their titles as directors/senior IT managers, IT staff, midlevel managers, and engineers/programmers/designers. Respondents are employed at organizations with an average size of about 17,600 employees.

In this Essential Guide, explore the results of TechTarget's 2016 technology priorities survey, learn what projects and initiatives top IT professionals' to-do lists this year, and follow the latest IT budget and spending expectations. Then get a snapshot of the IT priorities and expectations of yesteryear by exploring previous years' findings, going all the way back to 2010. See how they compare to this year's results.

1Increased cloud focus, budgets

One of the fastest-growing technology priorities has been cloud computing, so it's not surprising that budgets for cloud services continued to grow in 2015. But cloud services were not the only IT areas that were expected to expand in 2015 -- software and hardware also saw some increased attention in our survey. Find out more in this article.

2All about BI, mobility and Windows 8

What were the biggest technology priorities in the 2014 survey of 1,368 IT professionals in the U.S. and Canada? Business intelligence, mobile, virtualization and Windows 8, to name a few. Read more in this two-part report.

3Infrastructure, security and software at top of priorities list

As cloud started to gain traction and mobile continued to change the IT landscape, data protection, server virtualization and security were on the top of IT executives' priorities lists in 2013.

4Strong Windows 7 migration, weak overall IT growth

Remember Windows 7? In 2012, IT executives ranked Windows 7 migration as their top technology priority, followed by virtualization and security. Cloud adoption, on the other hand, was lower than expected, as was IT spending.

5A BI push, with stabilizing budgets and highlight on virtualization

Following a less-than-stellar year, IT bounced back slightly in 2012. Business intelligence was on IT executives' minds that year, as was virtualization, software and -- less prominently -- cloud computing.

6Bad year for budgets

The mantra of 2010 was "doing more for less," as IT budgets were expected to drop 2.7% in North America that year, according to our survey. Security, however, remained an important IT spending point.