Today IBM released its 2014 Business Tech Trends Study.
The topline: The majority of enterprises surveyed now use big data and analytics, cloud, mobile and social technologies, and investment in these areas shows no sign of slowing.
According to the IBM Center for Applied Insights Study, which involved a sample of 1,447 decision-makers spanning 15 industries and 13 countries (21 percent of respondents were C-level execs), the so-called “Pacesetters” in the study adhere to three key principles:
- Partnering is in their DNA
- Analytics is their fuel
- Combining cloud, social, mobile, etc. is their breakaway move
Here are a few sound bites from the study:
- Big data, analytics, cloud, mobile and social technologies have now been deployed by at least 70 percent of enterprises — Big Data and Analytics, 75 percent; Cloud computing, 75 percent; Mobile computing, 78 percent, Social technologies, 70 percent
- Significant deployments of cloud and social have almost tripled in just the past two years.
- Three-fourths of enterprises report that big data and analytics, cloud, mobile and social technologies are strategically important to their organizations, up from two-thirds in 2012
- Three-fourths of enterprises plan to increase investment in mobile, business analytics, and cloud computing over the next two years, while 66 percent intend to spend more on social business
- Skills shortages are shrinking, but roughly 40 percent of companies still have major-to-moderate skills gaps across big data and analytics, cloud, mobile and social technologies
You can go here to read more and download the full results of this year’s study, which includes several specific recommendations that can help your organization make the most of these trends and stay on the leading edge of these new technologies.