Which technologies really matter?

SolarWinds -- an Texas-based IT management and monitoring firm that works with a range of federal customers -- surveyed public sector IT professionals on the technologies having the greatest impact upon their agencies. They also asked respondents about their ability to play an active role in agencies' strategic business decisions as well as the frequency at which their advice was solicited. The results of their survey are listed below.

Perceived Utility of Technologies and Services
Response Chart 1 Chart 2 Chart 3
Virtualization 24.8% 13.2% 11.9%
Mobility 19.3% 18.1% 18.9%
BYOx 14.5% 25.0% 16.1%
Cloud Computing 11.7% 13.9% 21.7%
Compliance 9.0% 13.2% 5.6%
Data Analytics 8.3% 7.6% 12.6%
Software Defined Networks 6.9% 4.2% 6.3%
Self-Service Automation 4.8% 4.9% 6.3%
Other 0.7% 0.0% 0.7%

Chart 1 - Which technological advancement had the most significant impact on your agency within the last 3 - 5 years?

Chart 2 - Which of the following evolving technologies is the most disruptive to your organization (in terms of having the most significant impact on operations as well as IT time/energy spent)?

Chart 3 - In order to remain competitive for the NEXT 3 - 5 years, what is the most important technology, IT service, or operation for your agency to invest in today?

Ability to Offer Guidance on Emerging Technologies

Chart 4 - With emerging technologies creating greater infrastructure complexity, the role of the IT professional has become even more sophisticated. How confident are you that you could provide the guidance and expertise necessary to help your agency make informed, strategic business decisions with regard to emerging technologies?

Response Percent
I am somewhat confident 66.20%
I am completely confident 28.30%
I am not confident at all 4.10%
Do not know 1.40%

Chart 5 - How often are you given the opportunity to provide the guidance and expertise necessary to help your agency make informed, strategic business decisions with regard to emerging technologies?

Response Percent
Occasionally 54.9%
All the time 32.6%
Rarely 11.1%
Never 1.4%

SOURCE: SolarWinds Public Sector Survey.

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Jonathan Lutton is an FCW editorial fellow. Connect with him at

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