Study: IT Orgs Bullish on AI and DevOps, Shifting on Cloud, But Challenged by Security

A new study released this week by IT security company BeyondTrust polled opinions about emerging technologies and cloud use, but it also found that traditional security concerns were top of mind for organizations.

Almost two-thirds of the survey respondents indicated (not surprisingly) that "next generation" technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), as well as methodologies like DevOps, will have a "somewhat to extremely large" impact on their organizations going forward. What's perhaps more surprising was that 36 percent considered AI and machine learning to be "mainstream" technology.

Another nugget in the survey was that the organizations that indicated they were most engaged in DevOps said it has "the most transformative impact" of all the next-generation technologies.

BeyondTrust surveyed 612 companies from 26 countries in April 2018. Aside from fielding questions about next-generation technology, the survey also polled respondents about their cloud use. According to the results, while 62 percent of the organizations surveyed currently have on-premises cloud solutions, those respondents expect that to drop to 44 percent by 2021, with public cloud usage rising from 15 percent to 26 percent and private cloud use from 11 percent to 15 percent in the same timeframe.

And, of course, since BeyondTrust is a security company, it surveyed the respondents about security-related issues.

Eighteen percent of the 612 companies surveyed said that they've had a security breach "related to next-generation technologies" within the last 24 months that resulted in data loss. There were 20 percent that said they had a breach resulting in an outage. Lastly, 25 percent reported a breach that resulted in a compliance-related issue.

Overall, 78 percent of respondents said that security is a "somewhat to extremely large challenge" for their organizations.

More details on all of the topics above (and more) can be found in the complete survey, available for free with registration from BeyondTrust here.

About the Author

Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital strategy. She also serves as executive editor of the group's media Web sites, and you'll even find her byline on, the group's newest site for enterprise developers working with AI. She recently gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web technology may impact publishers' bottom lines. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.


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