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Top IT Priorities for 2011

Jan 13, 20111 min
Cisco SystemsCloud ComputingData and Information Security

Server virtualization, managing data, and information security top the list

According to the ESG Research 2011 IT Spending Intentions survey, here are the 5 IT priorities for large mid-market (i.e. 500-1000 employees) and enterprise (i.e. more than 1000 employees) organizations over the next 12-18 months:30% Increase use of server virtualization24% Manage data growth24% Information security initiatives23% Major application deployments or upgrades22% Improve data backup and recovery Note that the hyperbolic topic of cloud computing is conspicuously absent from this list. It does make an eventual appearance, 16% of the 611 global IT professionals surveyed responded that “increase use of cloud computing services,” was a 2011 priority, making this the 12th most popular response. There may be lots of interest in cloud computing but the top 5 list is composed of more immediate priorities.

Contributing Writer

Jon Oltsik is a distinguished analyst, fellow, and the founder of the ESG’s cybersecurity service. With over 35 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in all aspects of cybersecurity and is often called upon to help customers understand a CISO's perspective and strategies. Jon focuses on areas such as cyber-risk management, security operations, and all things related to CISOs.

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