Security is Top of Mind for CIOs in 2015
by Ryan MacInnis
On Sunday night, rather than eating queso dip and watching playoff football, I decided to read Piper Jaffray’s 2015 CIO survey, an annual survey that helps CIOs and other industry experts understand how technology and other trends influence the growth of their position and technology choices in the new year.
As the Product Marketing Manager for Acquia Cloud, this survey was interesting to me in a lot of ways as we’re continuously striving to bring the most secure, reliable and scalable cloud platform to market to make our customers successful.
In the report, 112 CIOs were asked questions about security, cloud projects, budget spending and other pivotal topics. The top four things that jumped out to me in the 39-page Piper Jaffray report were: Security, Mobile, IT spend, and the impact of the US economy.
- Security, security, security.
- Mobile goes from “not a priority” to the second thing keeping CIOs awake
- IT will be spending more compared to 2014 and Tablets are at 50 percent.
- What keeps CIOs up at night? The U.S. economy.
Target, Sony, and Neiman Marcus. These were just three brands in 2014 that fell victim to some of the biggest data breaches the tech world has ever seen, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that security is atop the list of CIO spending priorities for the second consecutive year. If security isn’t top of mind and something happens within your cloud platform (the platform you use to build, deploy and maintain applications and websites), you may be job hunting in 6-8 months. This includes the infrastructure, application and development layers. About three-quarters of the surveyed CIOs are expecting to increase spending in 2015, up from 59 percent in 2014. Network (firewall) and Endpoint security were the top two segments of the market expected to see an increase in spending as well. Acquia recognized the market need for this, and has since unveiled Acquia Shield, a dedicated, logically isolated section of Acquia Cloud with a customizable network configuration.
If you read Piper Jaffray’s reports in 2013 and 2014, you would’ve noticed that mobile wasn’t even on the top 10 priority list for CIOs. This year, it’s number two on the list behind security. How does this happen? Well for one, it’s a new category this year so it wasn’t like CIOs didn’t care before, it’s just now being formally recognized. Second, 2014 was the year the "web" died as mobile finally overtook desktop as the leading mode of access to the internet in North America. Because of this, 62 percent of CIOs will see an increase in budget spend by CIOs.
In 2013 IT spend was flatlined in the eyes of CIOs, and while we saw a 2.6 percent increase in 2014 globally, IT teams will see almost a four percent increase in 2015. The 2008 recession put a lot of hardware and software upgrade cycles on hold and CIOs have forced their users to hold onto old tech through another business cycle. Now that pent up demand is like the release of Krakken and Hardware/software will take the biggest piece of the pie, with devices and IT services a close second and third.
And as many of us predicted, tablets are on the rise. Not just in demand at the Apple Genius Bar, but with the CIO, too. The Piper Jaffray survey suggests that 50 percent of organizations expect some sort of tablet deployment during the year, which is down 10 percent from the previous year. This doesn’t allude to any threat of tablet extinction, just shows the competitiveness and effectiveness of ultralight notebooks and phablet mobile devices that are becoming tablet alternatives.
Yeah, this was a big shocker for me too. But at the same time it makes sense. 85 percent of the CIOs that were surveyed are part of organizations located in the United States. Because of this, CIOs actually told Piper Jaffray that this could lead them to decrease IT spend in order to hedge against potential consumer spending and economic events that could affect their businesses.
Interested in reading the full report for free? Check it out here. If you want to learn more about Acquia Cloud and how companies are crushing their digital goals with a cloud platform that delivers complex applications at scale, we have you covered here.