PALO ALTO, Calif. – May 28, 2020 – Yellowbrick Data, the industry’s leading data warehouse for hybrid cloud, today announced the results of a survey assessing the impact of COVID-19 on enterprise IT. Yellowbrick Data received responses from more than 1,000 enterprise IT managers and executives, uncovering their infrastructure priorities during this era of economic uncertainty and disruption.
At a high level—and contrary to conventional wisdom—not all IT budgets are being cut. Even with the economic challenges that COVID-19 has posed for businesses, almost 38 percent of enterprises are keeping their IT budgets unchanged (flat) or actually increasing them.
“The survey brought to light some trends that we have been noticing recently related to the speed at which companies are moving to the cloud and investing in analytics. In fact, more than half of enterprises are accelerating their move to the cloud in light of COVID-19 challenges to their businesses,” said Jeff Spicer, chief marketing officer for Yellowbrick Data. “But what really stands out is that nearly 55 percent of enterprises are looking at a hybrid cloud strategy with a combination of cloud and on-premises solutions. That clearly shows that a cloud-alone strategy is not what most enterprises are looking for—and validates what our customers are telling us about their own best practices combining cloud and on-prem approaches to their biggest data infrastructure challenges.”
For huge margins of enterprise IT leaders, investments in data infrastructure and analytics are a top priority:
Answering the "Why" Behind IT Investments
These are the top four reasons IT decision-makers cite for investing in a new data warehouse or data analytics tool: 1. Almost three-fourths of respondents (73 percent) want better performance 2. More than half (54 percent)) want a solution that is easier to use 3. 52 percent want a solution that is less expensive 4. Almost half (48 percent) say new enterprise applications require new solutions
Many firms are modernizing by adding cloud services, with 55 percent of enterprises looking at a hybrid cloud strategy as their best approach.
Enterprises see a variety of benefits with hybrid cloud. Answers that gained a more than 50 percent response included:
Top IT Spending Priorities Diverse Among Businesses
When asked to identify their #1 business priority (single choice only) from their cloud investment, decision-makers gave numerous responses, with two consensus points emerging:
Public Clouds: Mostly Trusted, Definitely Diversify
Despite enterprises embracing the cloud, some skepticism remains. More than a quarter (27 percent) of enterprise leaders say they do not trust public cloud providers to prioritize their business needs.
With the above statistic in mind, it is not surprising that risk mitigation remains a critical consideration, with 82 percent of respondents saying they want hybrid or multi-cloud options to spread any risk from their cloud investments, along with an additional 67 percent saying there are some parts of their business they will not trust to any single cloud vendor.
White Paper Available
Yellowbrick published a white paper on the survey results that includes charts and in-depth analysis. Download it here.
The survey was conducted in May 2020 in partnership with Propeller Insights. It polled 1,002 enterprise IT professionals at the manager level and above across 21 industries. All respondents were based in the US, and 98 percent were full-time employees.