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2015 IT Industry Outlook & Trends to Watch

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CompTIA’s IT Industry Outlook 2015 provides an overview of the size, shape and growth factors of the information technology (IT) industry.

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2015 IT Industry Outlook & Trends to Watch

  1. 1. Copyright (c) 2015 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org 2015 IT Industry Outlook & Trends to Watch
  2. 2. About CompTIA’s 2015 IT Industry Outlook The Report Focuses on 4 Key Areas IT Industry Growth Forecast IT Workforce Overview 12 Trends to Watch in 2015 IT Industry & Channel Overview Overview of the size and shape of the IT industry, including a discussion of the role of the IT channel. BLS and other data are used to quantify the size of the IT workforce, as well as the changes taking place to its composition. Growth forecast for the year ahead. Includes a number of regional breakouts, as well as detail for industry sector and margins. Key trends and counter-trends that will shape the year ahead. The trends focus on macro issues, technology and the channel. CompTIA utilizes a wide-range of data sources in the 2015 Outlook, including the input of 650 IT industry executives, collected via CompTIA’s Business Confidence Survey. Copyright (c) 2015 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org The complete 46-page 2015 IT Industry Outlook report can be accessed free of charge at CompTIA.org (with simple registration)
  3. 3. The Global Information Technology Industry: $3.7 Trillion Source: IDC 30% Estimated 2014 revenue | Encompasses hardware, software, services and telecommunications
  4. 4. The IT Workforce Drives Innovation Source: CompTIA | EMSI | BLS IT Industry Employment IT Occupation Employment Within the IT industry, there are many IT occupations and IT workers An estimated 5.76 million workers were employed in the U.S. information technology industry in 2014. This includes technical and non-technical positions in employer firms and non-employer firms. An estimated 4.88 million workers were employed in core IT occupations, across the full spectrum of U.S. industry sectors and the government sector in 2014. This figure includes non-employers, such as the self-employed or sole proprietors.
  5. 5. Strong Demand for Technology Drives Workforce Gains 1. California 2. Texas 3. New York 4. Virginia 5. Florida 6. Illinois 7. Pennsylvania 8. Massachusetts 9. New Jersey 10. Washington 11. Ohio 12. Georgia 13. North Carolina 14. Maryland 15. Michigan 16. Colorado 17. Minnesota 18. Arizona 19. Missouri 20. Wisconsin 21. Indiana 22. Tennessee 23. Oregon 24. Connecticut 25. Alabama Source: CompTIA | EMSI | BLS The top 25 states for IT occupations account for 88% of the country’s 4.88 million IT jobs
  6. 6. CompTIA’s IT Industry Business Confidence Index Shows Momentum Heading Into 2015 44.0 49.0 54.0 59.0 64.0 69.0 Source: CompTIA Q1 2015 IT Industry Business Confidence Index | n=457 U.S. IT company executives CompTIA’s IT Industry Business Confidence Index is calculated on a 100-point scale using an aggregation of three metrics: 1). Perceptions of the state of the U.S. economy, 2). The state of the IT industry, and a 3). Self-assessment of one’s own company.
  7. 7. CompTIA 2015 IT Industry Growth Forecast Source: CompTIA 2015 IT Industry Outlook 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 GrowthRateRange 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 GrowthRateRange Global IT Industry Revenue Growth Forecast U.S. IT Industry Growth Revenue Forecast 2015 Optimistic projection: 7.3% 2015 Pessimistic projection: 2.7% 2015 Midpoint projection: 5.0% 2015 Optimistic projection: 7.3% 2015 Pessimistic projection: 2.8% 2015 Midpoint projection: 5.1% Methodology note: CompTIA utilizes a consensus forecasting methodology, also referred to as a “wisdom of the crowds” approach. IT industry executives in the US, Canada and the UK provide their optimistic and pessimistic projections for the year ahead; these inputs provide the basis for the CompTIA forecast.
  8. 8. 2015 Investment Plans / Actions by IT Companies 14% 18% 13% 9% 4% 8% 11% 6% 8% 56% 52% 56% 54% 58% 52% 43% 47% 42% 30% 30% 32% 37% 38% 40% 46% 47% 50% Capital expenditures (e.g. non technology) Business travel Staffing levels in non-technical positions Staff training or professional development Changes in strategic direction Marketing/advertising expenditures Staffing levels in technical positions Technology expenditures Investments in new products or business lines Planned Increase No Change Planned Decrease Expected change in spending/investment during 2015 [+10 vs. 2014] [+7 vs. 2014] [+5 vs. 2014] Source: CompTIA 2015 IT Industry Outlook
  9. 9. Majority of IT Companies See a Challenging Hiring Environment for Technical Positions in the Year Ahead 2% 12% 53% 27% 6% 1% 3% 28% 54% 14% Not at all challenging Not that challenging Neutral – neither challenging, nor easy Challenging Very challenging Technical positions Non-technical positions A NET 68% of IT firms report a challenging hiring environment for technical positions Source: CompTIA 2015 IT Industry Outlook
  10. 10. CompTIA’s 2015 Trends to Watch Source: CompTIA Technology Extends Its Global Reach The Push to Simplify: Battling Complexity on Many Fronts The Democratization of Technology Creates New Opportunities for Small Businesses The Stakes Get Higher for Tech Policy Remodeling the Channel Customers Holding the Reins Business Transformation is NOT the End Point Channel Skills Gaps: Marketing and Beyond The New Business Systems Get Built Data Handling Becomes a Core Competency The Internet of Things Drives Innovation Security Gets a Makeover
  11. 11. Buzzword Watch - Containers [Docker] - Natural language processing - Selfie stick - Cyber-insurance - WebRTC - Machine learning - Cryptocurrency - Growth hacking - Hacktivism - Maker movement - Data stewardship - Commercial drones - Enterprise mobility mgt. (EMM) - Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) - Cloud bursting - Virtual private cloud (VPC) - Smart building technologies - Sensorization of everything - Software defined networking (SDN) - All SSD - Data industrial complex - Quantified Self - Dronies - Raspberry Pi - Neuromorphics - Self-healing systems - New gTLD / nTLD - SPOC (small private online courses) - Location-based authentication - Zerotrust security - Haptics - DuckDuckGo - Driveless cars - Quantum computing - Flexible displays - iBeacon - WiGig - Additive manufacturing - IFTTT - If This Then That - Gesture tech - Next-gen robotics - Fast-laning - Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly Early / Niche Gaining Traction On Its Way - Mobile wallets - Phablets - Gamification - MOOCs - Consumer tech inspired UX - Omnichannel engagements - Adaptive learning - Interactive digital signage - NoSQL - Wearables - 3D printing - Internet of Things - Uber-fication of services - Telemedicine - Big data + Small data - Business transformation - Content marketing - Object based storage - Data visualization - Shadow IT - Social enterprise Note: CompTIA’s Buzzword Watch is not meant to be a forma, quantitative assessment of trends, but rather an informal look at the concepts that may be discussed in the year ahead. Source: CompTIA
  12. 12. Thank You Copyright (c) 2015 CompTIA Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | CompTIA.org REMINDER: The complete 46-page 2015 IT Industry Outlook report can be accessed free of charge at CompTIA.org (with simple registration)

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