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Aging Laptop and Desktop Environments and End of Life Software Challenges Drive Budget Prioritization This Year
AUSTIN, TX – January 21, 2015 — /BackupReview.info/ — Spiceworks, the professional network for IT, today announced the results of a new survey examining the 2015 spending priorities of IT professionals in North America and EMEA as well as their view on growth within their organizations. On average, IT professionals surveyed plan to invest $291,062 on IT products and services this year. Only 33 percent of respondents expect budgets to increase over 2014 and even fewer, 25 percent, say their organizations will increase IT department headcount this year. Despite strained resources, 2015 will be the year many IT professionals refresh aging hardware and software across their organizations as “end of life” issues become a reality for IT departments.
“Over the years, IT professionals have become accustomed to doing more with less and 2015 will be no exception,” said Sanjay Castelino, VP of Marketing at Spiceworks. “Aging PC hardware and the impending countdown to Windows Server 2003 end of life will force IT professionals to get creative this year when it comes to spending the resources they do have and choosing the right technology investments that will help increase employee productivity and drive their organizations forward.”
Spiceworks’ “2015 IT Budget Report” found that end of life is a top reason companies plan to spend on new IT hardware, software and services in 2015 with 67 percent of IT professionals citing this issue as the driving force behind new purchases. Over 50 percent of desktops and laptops in the Spiceworks network are more than four years old, and 20 percent are more than seven years old.
Perhaps an even bigger hurdle for IT departments will be the end of life and recommended migration deadline for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. Sixty-five percent of companies in the Spiceworks network have at least one instance of Windows Server 2003 running in their environment, meaning a majority of IT professionals will be racing to migrate in advance of Microsoft’s deadline. Additional highlights from the survey include:
IT professionals prioritize hardware investments in 2015
Software investments fall closely behind hardware in terms of priority
Online backup and recovery leads new cloud purchases
Managed services see fair portion of budget dollars
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