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IT professionals forced to do more with less in 2017

IT budgets in the UK are set to decrease by five per cent as a result of continued uncertainty following the result of Britain’s EU referendum.

That’s according to data from online IT help desk Spiceworks, which also predicted that budgets in other regions will remain flat.

Of the 886 IT professionals surveyed in July, 60 per cent expect headcount across the industry to stay the same throughout 2017. This despite the expectation of increased company revenue.

The survey sample included professionals from the US and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

A third of those EMEA respondents believe that global political and economic uncertainty directly affects their organisation’s willingness to purchase IT products and services.

Half added that this uncertainty had caused their organisation to reconsider which countries they store corporate data in, and where they purchased technology products and services from (35 per cent).

All this means that IT professionals, especially in the UK, will be forced to do more with less over the next 12 months as exchange rates fluctuate and regulations change, said a Spiceworks spokesperson.

The majority of IT budgets will be still be spent on hardware and software in 2017, according to the research, with 39 per cent deeming cloud and hosted services to be very or extremely important to how their business currently operates. This is an increase from 28 per cent last year.

Almost a fifth of budgets will go on servers next year. Laptop purchases are set to take up 16 per cent while desktop allocations dropped six percentage point to 14 per cent.

A sixth of software budgets will be spent on virtualisation with 12 percent going on operating systems.

When asked which brands they’re most excited about in regards to driving technological innovation, Google was the most common answer, followed by Amazon and Microsoft. Others included Apple, Nvidia, Samsung, VMware, Intel, Cisco and Ubiquiti.

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