Q1 2017 Technology Pain & Spending Trends: Enterprise Applications

June 21st, 2017 | by
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Q1 means a new year, a new start. Many budgets have been replenished and the strategic business spending has commenced and DiscoverOrg wanted a better understanding of the tech landscape in Q1 2017.

So, our Research Department conducted multiple technology sector-themed surveys in Marketing, Business Intelligence, Enterprise Applications, Network, Storage, and Security. We asked business professionals who work at companies spanning all different industries, sizes, and revenue bands to indicate the pains they experienced as well as any new (as opposed to maintenance or on-going) spending made throughout January, February, and March of this year.

In the full report, we graphed all of the results, then our CTO, Dennis Arndt, sat down with us to shed a little light on the reasoning behind the top five most common responses for pain and spending within each technology tranche.

Q1 2017 Enterprise Applications Trends

Top 5 Enterprise Applications Pains

  1. Since anyone with a credit card can purchase and install new applications, enterprise app management has become much more challenging and complex. When only IT teams were responsible for purchasing and installing new apps, it was easier to avoid over-purchasing and data sprawl.
  2. Given its high cost, auto software testing solutions can easily become a second priority, put on the backburner in favor of more immediate needs and thus will probably be a pain for quite some time.
  3. Maintaining legacy technology is becoming a bigger pain for organizations as innovation is occurring at record speeds. But, even as organizations are upgrading/replacing technology, there is still a need to integrate and maintain previous solutions.
  4. Integration of enterprise apps and databases is difficult with data contained in different silos and locations through enterprise apps. Businesses want to bring it altogether for a holistic view into what’s going on with the customer/prospect.
  5. A lack of automated application and infrastructure delivery is a pain for those who haven’t adopted the cloud. Purchasing, delivering, installing hardware is already a lengthy process, then getting the software installed takes even more time. The reluctance to move to a cloud-based solution is most often rooted in cost, especially for organizations who already invested heavily in hardware.

Top 5 Enterprise Applications Spends

  1. Mobile applications allow us to run programs on our mobile devices and tablets allowing people to work remotely, while traveling, etc. increasing efficiency and productivity.
  2. You need to mobile apps…and you need a way to develop them. App development tools to help companies create native apps for the different operating systems.
  3. Business Intelligence is essentially actionable information created by the gathering and analysis of data to help businesses make better, more informed decisions.
  4. Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) means purchasing or maintaining supporting infrastructure is no longer necessary. Instead, the provider (e.g. AWS) hosts and maintains the system that automates speed and scales on demand while the customer still
    controls its own applications.
  5. Application integration solutions allow for data (which is collected and stored in multiple places) to be shared across multiple applications, keeping your data a unified front in real-time.

To get the full Q1 2017 Technology Pain & Spending Report, click here.


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