IT is Ripe for Modernization, But Supply Chain Issues Will Continue to Persist

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Disruptions like cyber threats and a lack of alignment between legacy and cloud-based technologies put IT professionals under severe stress in 2020. The pandemic made things worse, forcing IT teams to support remote work with meager resources. However, new trends indicate the dark clouds are on their way out. The newly-released 2022 State of IT report from Spiceworks Ziff Davis brings good news for IT professionals. Enterprises have begun hiring, IT investments are set to grow, and there’ll be new opportunities for IT staff to go up the ladder. 

The report draws insights from more than 1,000 technology buyers and IT decision-makers in companies across North America and Europe and has plenty of insights for IT practitioners.  

Let’s look at some of the key highlights from the 2022 State of IT reportOpens a new window from Spiceworks! 

Here’s News for IT Folks: Enterprises Are Hiring, and How!

Trends indicate that organizations are renewing efforts to modernize their IT stacks, expand their IT teams, and devote resources to support hybrid work. All that is set to bring in a wealth of career opportunities for IT professionals, along with opportunities to grow and thrive in their respective fields.   

Insights gathered from IT decision-makers indicate that approximately 40% of organizations in North America and Europe will expand their IT staff instead of a mere 4% who plan on cutting down their staff numbers. Overall, 92% of organizations grow their IT teams in 2022 or keep them at existing levels, indicating a massive rise in demand for IT professionals in the year ahead.

If we only consider enterprises with more than 500 employees, as many as 61% will expand their IT staff, compared to only 30% of SMBs. Another piece of good news for IT professionals is that organizations will support work-from-home requirements as well. Data from Spiceworks state that 27% of IT professionals are already working from home temporarily, and 11% are working from home permanently. These figures could rise in 2022, considering 76% of IT professionals prefer to work remotely, at least some of the time, as per The Future of Remote WorkOpens a new window survey by Spiceworks Ziff Davis.

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Trends Indicate More Career Moves and Advancements in IT in 2022

The 2022 State of IT report found that the demand for skilled IT professionals across sectors will also bring in a wealth of career opportunities at all levels. While 17% of IT professionals got a salary raise from their current employer, 11% earned a promotion within the same company, 13% earned a tech certification, and 14% started an IT job with a new employer.

IT Professionals’ Planned Career Changes in 2022 (Source: 2022 State of IT from Spiceworks)

In terms of diversity within IT, more women (28%) switched temporarily to working from home than men (27%). And more women (17%) earned a tech certification compared to men (12%).  Interestingly, more women (15%) started a tech career with a new employer. However, women still lag behind men in terms of getting a salary raise, which has been a sore point for many years and continues to be one. When asked whether they expect a salary raise from their current employer in 2022, only 15% of women agreed compared to 27% of men.

In 2022, another worrying factor affecting diversity in the workplace is that more women (15%) plan to depart from IT and look for a new career compared to just 5% of male workers. Women also outnumber their male co-workers when it comes to planning to move to a new market or region with their current employer.

“In 2022, we expect IT pros to continue to make career moves or advance within their current company. For example, one quarter of IT professionals expect to get a raise in 2022, 23% plan to earn a tech certification, and 13% expect to get a promotion. Many also plan to seek changes with a new company in 2022: 13% of IT professionals plan to begin the search for a new job and 11% plan to start or switch employers,” the report said.

“While remote work opens new opportunities in the IT labor market, companies should be aware that the new work-from-anywhere environment could lead to increased competition for talent within the industry.  HR departments would be wise to pay more attention to retaining valued employees who are at risk of leaving for greener (or more flexible) pastures.”

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There Are Still Some Challenges, But We’re Past the Disruption Phase

According to the 2022 State of IT report, limited product availability, shipping delays or logistical problems, supply chain issues, increases in product costs, and chip shortages will be significant challenges for roughly 40% of IT departments in 2022. Provisioning remote workers with hardware and software when they work from home will also be a significant challenge. 

While limited product availability and shipping delays will impact the education sector the most as the sector supplies laptops and tablets to students, the manufacturing sector will be hit the hardest due to chip shortages. IT departments at enterprises will also worry more about provisioning remote employees and tracking inventory and licenses for remote employees compared to SMBs.

Despite these challenges, there’s still reason for optimism as tech adoption plans are expected to rebound from their pandemic-induced hiatus, and spending will flow into new areas. “Going forward, tech vendors can better serve IT buyers by understanding their goals and needs as companies navigate these changes. Marketing messages will resonate with IT buyers when campaigns speak directly to pain points and demonstrate how a given solution will address current problems and concerns. As a best practice, tech marketers will see the most success when they can offer decision-makers proven solutions at the right time… when they’re actively researching how to solve problems and need help the most,” the report said.

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