2020 Tech Trends Survey: IT industry overwhelmingly positive about the future, keen to embrace new technologies but facing budgetary pressure.

Triad Group Plc

Keen to understand the attitudes of technology experts in the UK and beyond, Triad Group Pic ran a 2020 tech trends survey during October. The survey asked members of the IT community to share their insights on future trends and views on adoption rates for different technologies during the next decade.

Asked about their feelings in relation to 2020 and the new decade, the vast majority are positive about the technology landscape (over 80%) with less than 10% 'concerned' or 'very depressed'.

34% of the respondents were 'extremely positive' while 47% were feeling 'good' about the new decade. Less than 1% were 'very depressed' about what lay ahead.

* In terms of the strength of feeling, significantly more from the private sector felt extremely positive (40%), with the public and third sector at 30% and 27% respectively.

* It's also worth noting that the largest IT departments (of more than 5,001 staff) were between two and three times more likely to express a negative sentiment and 10% less likely to be feeling positive.

Alex Tatham, Managing Director of IT Distributor Westcoast and a respondent to the survey commented: "It is no surprise that these results show IT companies are optimistic about 2020 as there is so much opportunity created by businesses of all sizes transforming or establishing their businesses with a 'Digital First' priority. Change is a constant but seems to accelerate ensuring everyone is upgrading just to keep up. The winners will come from those organisations that can think ahead."

Digital Transformation set to continue and grow.

When asked how they believe the trend for the following themes would change in the next ten years, across their sector, the largest increase ('increase significantly' plus 'increase') was predicted for Digital Transformation (83%) compared to 67% for Agile , 60% for the use of third parties and 59% for legacy challenges.

Future adoption of emerging technologies.

Across eight technologies, for 53% of the respondents Al in relation to augmenting existing software was the technology most likely to experience 'a lot more' adoption. This was closely followed by loT, edge computing (48%) and Voice including real-time translation (47%).

However, for the technologies...

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