A new study commissioned by nology partner Intermedia, has pinpointed the biggest challenges across IT functions and the level of confidence IT decision makers current feel they have in tackling them. The study reveals a modest overall Confidence Score of 7.2 out of 10, IT decision makers expressed concerns about the resources available and allotted to them for addressing cybersecurity threats and meeting current and future business demands.
The study surveyed 350 IT decision makers, statistically measuring IT confidence levels on a 10-point scale (where zero represents “not confident at all” and 10 represents “extremely confident”). Questions spanned across four topic categories – Security, General IT Services, Infrastructure and Skilled IT Workforce.
Jonathan Levine, CTO at Intermedia, said: “Given the critical role IT plays in underpinning business today, a Confidence Score of 7.2 is worrisome. You wouldn’t feel comfortable boarding an airplane if the pilot had a 7.2 confidence level in the plane’s airworthiness. This modest confidence suggests that organizations may be more exposed than leaders realize. We’ll be watching closely to see if further cloud adoption helps improve confidence, or if the insufficient attention given to IT concerns today will further erode confidence in the coming year.”
Index finds that small companies are struggling the most
Across all four categories, the Index revealed a stark contrast in overall confidence levels with small companies with fewer than 50 employees (Confidence Score of 5.9) versus medium to large companies, which had higher Confidence Scores (8.7 and 8.9, respectively). As company size and cloud adoption increased, so did confidence levels.
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To download the report and view complete results from the 2016 IT Confidence Index, please visit: Intermedia.net/ITConfidence2016.
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