IT executives struggle to manage spending effectively

Executive spend

Wasted technology spend accounts for 30 percent of all IT spending according to the latest State of Tech Spend report from Flexera.

The average IT spend is 8.2 percent of revenue, but larger businesses (with more than 10,000 employees) this rises to 9.3 percent of revenue. 56 percent of respondents expect to increase their spending

The top challenges to IT spending visibility are cited as reporting on spend by IT business service (61 percent), collecting IT spend data (43 percent), and reporting on IT spend by application (38 percent). While challenges to managing spending include too many manual processes (86 percent) and ensuring spend efficiency/eliminating waste (89 percent).

"With this survey, we wanted to gain more insight into how enterprise organizations are embracing digital transformation, cybersecurity, cloud computing and other initiatives," says Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Flexera. "By doing so, we can then see if/how these initiatives are providing a competitive advantage for their particular industries, as they require sizeable investments in technology."

Among other findings the report shows cloud spending has now surpassed on-premises software spend, with 22 percent going for on-premises software and 25 percent for cloud, including software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). As they migrate to cloud, 65 percent of respondents say they plan to reduce their number of data centers next year, and more than 80 percent plan to increase SaaS and IaaS/PaaS spend.

"The survey found that 8.2 percent of respondent revenue is being spend on IT," Ryan adds, "But the return is dubious at best. It's likely that many of these investments aren’t attaining maximum ROI, and we identified that 30 percent or more of technology spend is actually being wasted. With the increasing uncertainty of US and global economies, enterprises need to be prepared to manage their operations and finances when -- not if -- the next downturn kicks in. Proactively being able to dial IT spend up or down is a tremendous opportunity, and there is never a better time to address a potential problem than right now."

The full report is available from the Flexera site and there are webinars to discuss the findings on November 13th and 14th.

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