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New research projects - March 2017

By El Cook |
New research projects - March 2017

Sungard Availability Services’ Little Book of IT

Sungard Availability Services, experts in IT disaster recovery, managed IT services, and business continuity, commissioned this project, which interviewed 1,350 IT decision makers globally. The results have been made into a book on the following topics for IT in 2017:

  • Budget and its control
  • Staffing resource and development investment
  • Technology adoption
  • The application of apps
  • Biggest challenges
  • Biggest IT-driven opportunities
  • 2017 IT wish list

Visit here to download the Little Book of IT in full and see the findings from the research in context

Fuze CIO Outlook

Fuze is a provider of cloud-based unified-communications-as-a-service, and we worked with them to investigate the role of the CIO and digital transformation in 2017.

The research reveals that:

  • 80% of CIOs say IT’s ability to innovate is critical to business success
  • 80% of CIOs say IT can drive business success
  • 93% want to champion innovation
  • By the end of 2017, 96% of CIOs will have a formal cloud strategy in place

To find out more, read the full report here.

Continuum Analytics Winning at Data Science

This is the first time we’ve worked with Continuum Analytics, who provide an open data science platform called Anaconda.

This research investigates the usage of and attitudes towards data science. Topics addressed in the research range from the value of data science, challenges around adoption, and how data science is being utilised in the enterprise. The research discovers that 96% of data science and analytics decision makers agree that data science is critical to the success of their business, but 22% are failing to make full use of the data available.

Continuum Analytics have produced an e-book from the research findings, which can be found here.


Mimecast is an international company that specialises in cloud-based email management, including security, archiving, and continuity services to protect business mail

Mimecast have released data from two projects over the past month, and we’re especially excited that their Security Risk Assessment made not one, but two headline pieces in Forbes.

Here’s a little more information on each project:

Office 365

Vanson Bourne interviewed 600 IT and business decision makers to investigate the adoption of Office 365 in the workplace. The research found that:

  • 87% of respondents are already using Exchange Online or are planning to use it within the next twelve months
  • Email is an important communication channel, as over 85% viewing email as critical to the organisation
  • 88% of respondents rate email availability as critical to their organisation, with more than half (55%) rating it as mission critical

Mimecast produced an e-book based on the findings, which can be found here.

Security Risk Assessment

A variety of research projects were used to create this report. Key findings from our part of the research, which interviewed 800 IT decision makers on the topic of cybersecurity, are:

  • 72% of the respondents said their organisation experienced external exposure of sensitive data
  • The average cost of a successful spear-phishing attack is $1.8 million
  • The average cost of a data breach is $4 million, or $125 per record
  • 64% of organisations believe they will suffer a negative business impact from cybercriminals in 2017

Mimecast have created an infographic for this campaign which can be found here.

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