Paced by anticipated customer demand for emerging technology, services and software, information technology (IT) industry executives enter 2017 with a positive outlook, according to the IT Industry Outlook 2017 released by CompTIA, a technology association. Their “consensus forecast” projects global industry growth of 4.1 percent in 2017.
“With the groundwork of cloud, mobility, data and connectivity laid, the year ahead will see evolutionary advances on many fronts,” said Tim Herbert, senior vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. “Digital business transformation remains a driving force for small and large enterprises alike,” Herbert explained. “Organizations will have the opportunity to explore advances in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, the Internet of things, and inevitably, a few unexpected breakthroughs. Those playing catch-up will face growing and potentially new forms of competitive pressures.”