There are changing winds in the IT channel. Many recent innovations have moved beyond the hype stage and are starting to impact daily operations. To see this trend, look no further than how companies are spreading their technology dollars.
A recent report from GigaOM Research examined 2013 fourth-quarter IT spending and made some predictions for 2014.
According to the numbers, last year was "lackluster." Overall IT revenue finished at 2.4 percent growth in 2013 when compared to the year before. When it comes to the current year, revenue is expected to increase by 4.9 percent.
"Traditional IT services and IT hardware spending will continue to be constrained by the relentless IT spending deflationary environment, where public cloud (primarily SaaS), mobility, and social are beginning to materially alter the expected products and services, pricing, and delivery methods of IT," the report reads.
The cloud segment could be set for the biggest impact of IT infrastructure. Spending in 2013 grew to $52 billion, which is up 22 percent over 2012. The forecast for 2014 has this figure increasing by an additional 16 percent. This has finally turned the cloud into a service that will experience traditional IT spending growth.
With traditional IT services evolving or being replaced by new innovations, companies need to stay on top of these trends in order to remain successful. In many cases, businesses are partnering with VARs and MSPs as a way to ensure they are able to stay ahead of the competition. Quality IT solution providers that team with VAR Staffing have the best chance to identify and recruit the most impactful talent on the market.