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U.S. Enterprise IT Spending to Grow by 6% in 2013
According to the new International Data Corporation (IDC) United States Black Book 4Q12, total IT spending on hardware, software, and IT services across all 15 enterprise industries is forecasted to grow by 6% in 2013, to approximately $474 Billion. Over the last quarter, the U.S economic outlook has been clouded with uncertainties surrounding the fiscal cliff, contracting G.D.P growth, and declining international trade owing to reduced economic activity in the Euro zone. IDC expects the U.S. economy to stabilize in the second half of 2013, leading to moderately strong IT spending growth.

Specific industries expected to grow at above-average rates for the coming year include healthcare, which is forecast to grow by more than 8% in 2013, due in part to the need to process and analyze increasing volumes of data from new clinical systems such as EHR. The professional services industry is also expected to grow more than 8%; a high correlation between overall corporate profitability and IT spending by professional services firms suggests robust spending within this industry as corporate profits are forecasted to improve.

2013 Mobile Enterprise Survey Results
The 2013 iPass/MobileIron Mobile Enterprise Report tells a story of the rise of BYOD, and with it increased frustration and loss of control by IT, and concern over rising mobile data costs. Highlights from the survey include:

  • IT departments are becoming more responsive to mobile employee demands. 68 percent of IT managers believed their mobility costs would go up over the next 12 months. The bulk of the increase was attributed to a rise in the number of mobile users and employees’ expanding use of multiple devices.
  • 56 percent of enterprises changed their corporate guidelines within the past year to be more accommodating of employees’ personal devices.
  • 81 percent of companies state they now accommodate personal devices in the office.
  • 54 percent of companies have formalized bring your own device (BYOD) policies. North American companies are more likely than European companies to have formulated policies regarding BYOD. However, more organizations allow BYOD than have policies for it.
  • At the same time, BYOD is creating new challenges for IT. The top two sources of frustration (out of nine common IT issues) relate to onboarding and supporting personal devices. The fact that onboarding and supporting personal devices beat out even security concerns suggests the significance of the burden IT feels from BYOD.
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