IT Consulting Firm, SWC's Technology Trends Survey Featured On Baseline

November 26, 2012   //   News

Midsize businesses are struggling to keep up with the rapid pace of technological change, according to a recent survey from (Chicago IT consulting firm) SWC Technology Partners. The resulting report, the “2012 Technology Trends Survey,” covers a broad range of topics. Ultimately, however, it points out that these companies face unique challenges in taking advantage of IT to stay competitive—especially when it comes to a constant overload of tech advances. And many confess that they’ve grown dependent on staff members who provide a unique knowledge of a particular system or tech niche. “Change has always been a hallmark of IT, but we are beginning to see extreme shifts in business models and IT strategy,” says Elliott Baretz, vice president over business development at SWC. “How today’s IT leaders respond to this new chapter is going to separate those who simply keep up with technology from those who prosper through it.” More than 224 IT and business leaders at midsize organizations took part in the research.

Survey Highlights:

Fast Pace
More than 28% of IT and business leaders at midsize companies say “keeping up” is the greatest IT challenge.

Seeking Dividends
Nearly 47% say their IT is “strategic”—not an expense but an investment.

Indispensable IT
More than 50% say their business is “absolutely” dependent on a particular IT staffer because of his/her unique knowledge of a technology.

Outsider Perspective
33% are partnered with a managed services provider to monitor and manage the network.

Desk Jockeys
At companies with more than 2,000 employees, 40% say desktop deployment is a top priority.

Movin’ on Up
37% of these leaders say their companies plan to build a mobile app within the next year.

Open Window
More than 75% say some percentage of their organization will be running Windows 8 by the end of 2013.

Investment Share
58% say they’ve deployed the Microsoft Office SharePoint server.

This article, “Midsize Companies Struggle with Tech Challenges,” originally appeared on Baseline Magazine’s website.