Consolidation of technology to reduce the burden on IT, save money, and ultimately find new ways to better support customers, among the key findings in the survey
BOSTON – GoTo, the company making IT management, support, and business communication easy with flagship products GoTo Resolve, Rescue, and GoTo Connect, today announced findings from its IT Priorities: 2023 Report. The report, conducted by Frost & Sullivan and commissioned by GoTo, looked at the global trends of 1,000 IT decision-makers at companies with less than 1,000 employees. Among the key trends, the survey continues to see businesses consolidating tools, with 83% considering consolidation of communication and IT management and support tools an important initiative for 2023. As an added benefit, this consolidation helps to alleviate the burden on IT, a goal of 92% of respondents.
As economic uncertainty, scrutinized budgets, and overburdened resources continue to be the norm, IT decision-makers are faced with determining the right set of goals and objectives to maximize their investment, grow their business, and streamline their processes. The survey uncovered four main business objectives to ensure their organization's success and support for their employees and customers. These top objectives include growing revenue, improving operational efficiencies, reducing costs, and increasing customer satisfaction. The key trends uncovered in this survey will allow teams to reach these objectives.
Key IT Trends
- Consolidation for enhanced productivity and cost savings: 41% of businesses are planning to switch vendors to reduce costs. And 83% of respondents consider consolidation of communication, collaboration, and IT management and support tools an important initiative of the year. 93% have completed, planned, or are in process with these consolidation efforts. The top reason for consolidation was to increase employee productivity, followed by giving solutions to the IT team that are easier to manage, and then cost savings.
- With choice comes responsibility: Nearly half (48%) said it was very important to consider reducing the burden on IT when choosing new software, compared to only 35% last year. 68% of company leaders say they are more involved in the purchase process of products and tools than they were a year ago.
- Support IT teams with better IT support tools: 65% of organizations say they saw an increase in the IT workload in the past year. 92% of respondents said they want to reduce the burden on IT through the right software choice. 40% of respondents said that their reason for digital tool upgrades and change was driven by IT team preference.
- Hybrid work is still the preferred way to work: While the survey saw almost double the amount of in-office workers compared to when the same question was asked in 2022 (36% now compared to 19% last year), hybrid work still remains the gold standard with half the respondents splitting their time between home and the office. Year-over-year results show a decrease of 10% in the number of businesses that have official rules on the number of days an employee needs to be in the office, meaning that employees have more flexibility than ever.
- Find new ways to prioritize the customer: While businesses will only function if the right IT support and communication tools are enabled for employees, it’s equally as critical that externally facing teams have the right technology to seamlessly support customers. 66% of respondents plan to spend more on customer experience (CX) technology in 2023 than they did in 2022.
- Partners play a key role in decision-making: 44% of businesses choose a Partner versus 27% going to the solution provider directly to find new business communication and IT support tools. The survey saw a 55% increase in the usage of partners in the past year.
For more information about GoTo’s IT Priorities Report, please visit: www.goto.com/it-priorities-report.
GoTo, the company making IT easy, anywhere, with remote management and support, and business communication software. GoTo’s portfolio, which includes GoTo Resolve, Rescue, GoTo Connect, and more, helps securely support and connect businesses to what’s most important: their teams and customers. GoTo’s zero trust approach to security and 20 years of experience power more than 1 billion remote support sessions and over 1 million customers with easy-to-use, built-for-IT solutions that save businesses time and money. With more than $1 billion in annual revenue, the remote-centric company’s physical headquarters is in Boston, Massachusetts, with additional offices and more than three thousand home offices across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.