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  • E Commerce Adoption and Customer Experience Profile copy - E-Commerce Adoption Trends and Customer Experience 2022

    E-Commerce Adoption Trends and Customer Experience 2022

    E-commerce technology, while mature, is still evolving. This report provides an overview of e-commerce adoption and investment trends, providing data on how many organizations have the technology in place, how many are in the process of implementing it, and how many are expanding implementations. We also look at the ROI experience, TCO experience, and considered or planned uses for new e-commerce investment. We conclude with important principles to apply in planning and implementing e-commerce systems.

    May, 2022

  • Supply Chain Management Adoption Trends and Customer Experience 2022 copy - Supply Chain Management Adoption Trends and Customer Experience 2022

    Supply Chain Management Adoption Trends and Customer Experience 2022

    Supply chain management has become a hot topic. From empty grocery shelves to cargo ships lined up at ports, the term “supply chain” is on everyone’s lips. This report quantifies the current adoption and investment trends for SCM technology, as well as the benefits driving companies to expand their implementations. We assess these trends by organization size and sector and look at the ROI and TCO experiences of organizations that have adopted SCM. We conclude with practical advice for those planning new investments in SCM.

    May, 2022

  • Artifical Intelligence Adoption Stages copy - Worldwide Technology Trends 2022

    Worldwide Technology Trends 2022

    This major study provides insight into the customer experience and adoption rates for 14 technologies that are top-of-mind for IT leaders worldwide. The study also delves into the satisfaction level of the customer experience and the specific types of solutions under consideration. With this information business leaders are in a better position to assess the potential risks and rewards of each of these technologies. They also can gain insight into just how aggressively competitors and peers are making these investments. Looking forward, we also explore 19 future and early adopter technologies (146 pp., 105 figs.). 

    April, 2022

  • Trend in IT Security Staff as a Percentage of IT Staff copy - IT Security Staffing Ratios 2022

    IT Security Staffing Ratios 2022

    High-profile security attacks and the impact of remote work continue to put pressure on IT security personnel. This report presents the five-year trend in IT security staffing and provides benchmarks for understanding the IT security staff head count. We analyze IT security staffing in terms of the number of applications, users, and network devices. Our analysis also includes the influence of organization size and sector on staffing requirements. We conclude with recommendations for optimizing IT security staffing. (21 pp., 9 fig.)

    April, 2022

  • Trend in DevOps Engineers as a Percentage of IT Staff - DevOps Engineer Staffing Ratios 2022

    DevOps Engineer Staffing Ratios 2022

    DevOps is a natural extension of agile development into the deployment and operational phases of the system life cycle. It has been a way of life among modern, cloud-native software developers, and it is starting to become popular within enterprise IT organizations as well. This report provides metrics for benchmarking DevOps engineer staffing levels in the current environment. We provide four benchmarks by organization size and sector: DevOps engineering staff as a percentage of the IT staff, users per DevOps engineer, and applications per DevOps engineer. We conclude with recommendations on optimizing DevOps engineer staffing levels. (23 pp., 9 fig.)

    April, 2022

  • Trend in Data Management Staff as a Percentage 2 - Data Management Staffing Ratios

    Data Management Staffing Ratios

    has increased significantly. In this study, we use four benchmarks to assess data management staffing levels: data management staff as a percentage of the IT staff, data management staff as a percentage of the Application Group, users per data management staff member, and applications per data management staff member.

    April, 2022

  • Figure 1 pie Frank Corrections - IT Outsourcing Statistics 2022

    IT Outsourcing Statistics 2022

    Outsourcing levels are growing as more organizations take advantage of the cost flexibility that service providers offer. IT leaders are expecting to increase their outsourcing budgets this year, and they expect to reap outsourcing benefits of streamlined processes and reduced operational costs. The study profiles outsourcing activity for 11 IT functions. For each IT function, we measure the frequency and level of outsourcing.

    March, 2022

  • Worldwide spedn graph - Global Events Raining on Positive IT Budget Parade

    Global Events Raining on Positive IT Budget Parade

    Going into 2022, we seemed poised for a broad, strong recovery. IT budget increases were large. Staffing levels were increasing. And growth could be found across nearly all sectors. Although there are fears of rising inflation and global conflict, our annual study of the IT spending outlook finds that IT leaders worldwide still have a positive outlook on the year ahead. This research byte summarizes the full study.

    March, 2022

  • Worldwide spedn graph 1 - Worldwide IT Spending and Staffing Outlook for 2022

    Worldwide IT Spending and Staffing Outlook for 2022

    In this annual report of the IT spending and staffing outlook for 2022, we find that IT leaders worldwide generally have a positive outlook on the year ahead. On the whole, companies have put the chaos of the pandemic behind them.

    March, 2022

  • Top 10 Best Practices - Two-Factor Authentication Among Least Mature Best Practices

    Two-Factor Authentication Among Least Mature Best Practices

    Computer Economics has released its major annual study on 33 IT management best practices, with two-factor authentication topping our list of least mature practices. This Research Byte highlights some of our findings on the least mature practices, along with an overview of the contents of the full study. The full study analyzes the growth and maturity of all 33 best practices, which are grouped into five major categories: IT governance, IT financial management, IT operational management, IT security and risk management, and application development.

    March, 2022

  • Top 10 Best Practices - IT Management Best Practices 2022

    IT Management Best Practices 2022

    The best-run IT organizations not only focus their process improvement efforts on those of other departments, they also seek to optimize their own IT management processes internally. In this study, we examine the growth and maturity of 33 IT management practices, which we have grouped into five major categories: IT governance practices, IT financial management practices, IT operational management practices, IT security and risk management practices, and application development practices. (196 pp., 178 figs.)

    March, 2022

  • Graph Template Quality Assurance - IT Quality Assurance Staffing Ratios 2022

    IT Quality Assurance Staffing Ratios 2022

    Staffing levels for IT quality assurance personnel have been relatively steady over the past five years for several reasons, including the new ways in which software is being developed and the varying needs of industry sectors. In this report, we first evaluate recent changes in IT QA staffing levels. We then provide three benchmarks by organization size and by sector: QA staff as a percentage of the IT staff, QA staff as a percentage of the Application Group, and applications per QA staff member. We conclude with recommendations for improving the effectiveness of the QA function within the IT organization.

    February, 2022

  • Security Tower 2 - IT Security, Cybersecurity, and Compliance Spending Benchmarks 2022

    IT Security, Cybersecurity, and Compliance Spending Benchmarks 2022

    Security and cybersecurity incidents are costly, with losses increasing every year. It is no wonder, then, that organizations continually rank security as a top priority for new spending. But how much are they spending? This report provides spending and staffing benchmarks by industry and organization size for IT security, cybersecurity, and related compliance. Benchmarks are calculated by number of users, organization revenue, and percentage of IT spending, as well as by number of network devices, locations, and endpoints. Security staffing is calculated as a percentage of the IT staff and also per user. Industry benchmarks are provided for business services, financial services, critical infrastructure, public sector, healthcare, manufacturing/distribution, and retail. There is also a breakdown for identity/access management, security policy/awareness, cybersecurity/incident response, threat and vulnerability management, data privacy/security, and governance, risk, and compliance.

    February, 2022

  • VR AR - Virtual and Augmented Reality Adoption Trends and Customer Experience 2022

    Virtual and Augmented Reality Adoption Trends and Customer Experience 2022

    Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are emerging technologies with the potential to change the nature of work as more use cases emerge for training, collaborating, and interacting with customers. These technologies are not only emerging but disruptive.

    February, 2022

  • SD WAN 2022 - SD-WAN Adoption Trends and Customer Experience 2022

    SD-WAN Adoption Trends and Customer Experience 2022

    Software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) has evolved from a technology designed to reduce costs and enhance operational efficiency to being a crucial element in business sustainability. It is a fundamental pillar for business and digital transformation. This study quantifies the current adoption and investment trends for SD-WAN as well as the benefits driving companies to expand their SD-WAN implementations. We assess these trends by organization size and sector. We also look at the ROI and TCO experiences of adopters along with current investment levels. We conclude with practical advice for planning new investments in SD-WAN and associated services.

    February, 2022