Organizations will be slow to upgrade EOL OSes/software
As it was in 2016, technology end-of-life will be the number one driver of new tech purchases in 2017, Spiceworks predicts. However, technology upgrades often get delayed due to budget and time constraints. As of September 2016, Spiceworks network data shows 56 percent of organizations are still running at least once instance of Windows XP, despite the OS passing its end of extended support (EOS) date in April 2014. We also know that 52 percent of organizations in Spiceworks are stilling running Windows Server 2003, an OS that reached its EOS in July 2015. In 2017, we'll see a few more widely-used products see their end-of-life, namely Windows Vista, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, and Microsoft Office 2007... but dont expect organizations to fully let them go any time soon.
VR wont take off, but 3D printers will gain momentum
We've heard a lot of buzz around the great potential of future tech like virtual reality and 3D printers over the last few years, but is it all hype or do businesses actually plan to adopt these emerging technologies? Spiceworks poses. According to an upcoming Spiceworks study on the future of IT, we know few organizations currently use VR technology, and only 10 percent of IT pros told us their organization plans to adopt it within the next five years. In contrast, nearly twice as many organizations plan to use 3D printers within the next five years, and adoption rates in the education and manufacturing industries trend even higher.
Security concerns will grow due to IoT and AI technologies
Among emerging technologies, Internet of Things devices and artificial intelligence are expected to have a big impact in the workplace, even more than VR and 3D printers, Spiceworks predicts. Well see IoT and AI adoption pick up and continue to grow in 2017, and in 3-5 years, 80 percent of IT pros say IoT will be a useful for business purposes and 59 percent say the same about AI. However, most IT pros say security/privacy issues are their biggest concern as IoT and AI enter the workplace. Many IT pros fear unpatched IoT devices might create security gaps and potentially lead to network compromise. And with IoT and AI technologies logging and analyzing data about us, many IT pros are concerned this could create additional security and privacy issues.