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Worldwide IT Market Showing Tentative Signs of Improvement
According to the newly published International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Black Book, recent volatility will gradually give way to a more positive outlook for IT spending in the second half of 2014. With the U.S. and other mature economies mostly heading in the right direction and a significant commercial PC refresh cycle already underway, improvements in business confidence are set to drive a moderate infrastructure upgrade cycle over the next 12-18 months, while investments in software and services will continue to accelerate.
U.S. CIOs Reveal Hiring Plans For Next Six Months
The newly released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report shows that many companies anticipate bringing in IT staff in the second half of the year, and the number planning to put a hold on hiring is declining. Fourteen percent of U.S. chief information officers (CIOs) plan to expand their teams in the last half of 2014.
Mobile Apps Will Have a Significant Impact on Information Infrastructure
Gartner predicts that, by 2015, most mobile apps will sync, collect and analyze deep data about users and their social graphs, but most IT leaders are failing to consider the deep impact that mobile apps have on their information infrastructure. Gartner also predicts that, by 2017, wearable devices will drive 50 percent of total app interactions.
Gartner Says Correct Categorization Is Key to IT Program Management
The ability to categorize IT programs and assign them appropriate tactics, skills and resources is critical to the generation of positive outcomes, according to Gartner, Inc. Programs that are not properly categorized are significantly more likely to run over budget, to fall short of one or more of the intended objectives, or to fail completely.
Mobile and Web Chat Investment Set to Jump in 2014
New research published by ContactBabel reveals that US contact centers plan to invest heavily in mobile customer service applications and web chat technology within the next 12 months. Senior contact center decision-makers expect the penetration rate of mobile apps for customer service to increase from 25% to 42% over the next 12 months. The use of web chat is expected to grow from 41% to 58% over the same period.
IDC Lowers IT Spending Forecasts Due to Emerging Markets and Mobile Device Slowdown
According to the just released International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Black Book, worldwide IT spending will increase by 4.1% in constant currency this year, down from IDC’s previous forecast of 4.6% and also down from last year’s growth of 4.5%. IT spending has been volatile since the beginning of the year, with macroeconomic wild cards including the crisis in Ukraine and the slowdown in China adding to the general sense of uncertainty which continues to impact business confidence and investment.
U.S. Consumers Have Little Security Concern With BYOD
Despite the rise in the use of personal devices for business use, U.S. consumers are showing scant concern for security when it comes to bring your own device (BOYD). According to a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. a quarter of business users admitted to having had a security issue with their private device in 2013, but only 27 percent of those respondents felt obliged to report this to their employer. The survey was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2013 with 995 full or part time workers in the U.S., all of whom use a private device for work purposes.
Survey: CIOs Have a New Boss – Customers
With consumers engaging more directly with businesses through mobile and social media, more than 60 percent of CIOs will focus more heavily on improving the customer experience and getting closer to customers, according to a new report released by IBM. More than 80 percent of CIOs report they are shifting their focus to the front office where marketing, sales and service managers work directly with customers. To do so, they are investing in new technologies to gain deeper insights into customer data.
Training and Certifications Important to IT Professionals’ Career Growth but Employer Support Lacking
Spiceworks announced the results of a new survey examining the IT training and certification priorities and plans of IT professionals. Results show 84% of IT professionals believe IT training is very to extremely valuable, yet 39% say their employer places limited to no value on IT training.
Global Business Growth Jeopardized by the Failure of Organizations to Adjust to 21st-Century Workforce
The highly connected and global 21st-century workforce is here and, according to the Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends 2014 report, organizations are not prepared to respond to the challenges it represents. According to the report, the single biggest challenge cited by most (86 percent) respondents is leadership development, followed by retention and engagement (79 percent), and reskilling the HR function (77 percent). Importantly, most respondents indicate that their organizations are not ready to address these challenges.
Customer Experience Expectations and Plans for 2014
The Temkin Group has published a data snapshot, Customer Experience Expectations and Plans for 2014. This annual research effort shows a strong surge of CX activity in 2014, which will outpace the effort, spending, and hiring in 2013. Areas gaining momentum in 2014 include text analytics, web and mobile experiences, and CX consultants.
One Third of Fortune 100 Organizations Will Face an Information Crisis by 2017
The rise of big data, social networking and mobile interactions, coupled with an accelerating increase in the amount of structured and unstructured information enabled by cloud-based technologies, is forcing organizations to focus on the enterprise information that is most relevant, value-generating and risk-related. Gartner predicts that, by 2017, 33 percent of Fortune 100 organizations will experience an information crisis, due to their inability to effectively value, govern and trust their enterprise information.
Convergence of Digital Technologies Opens Doors for Enterprise Growth
Mobility is the most important digital technology priority for large enterprises, a new global study by Accenture has found. Reflecting its role as an enabler of other technologies in today’s digital businesses, 43 percent of respondents ranked mobility as a top one or two priority, with 77 percent placing it in the top five. Big data analytics came next with 72 percent putting it in the top five, followed by connected products at 65 percent.
IDC: On-Demand Contact Center Services Forecast Shows U.S. Spending Will Grow to $1.6 Billion in 2018
In a newly released study, International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts that U.S. spending for on-demand (cloud) contact center services will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.5% to $1.6 billion in 2018. A majority of companies are using or evaluating a hosted or on-demand solution for their contact center, according to IDC demand-side data.
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