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7 Tech Nightmares Haunting IT Pros This Halloween

Sinister service outages, blood-curdling budget constraints, and chilling cyberthreats have long been the stuff of IT nightmares. Now a new survey looks at what's really terrifying IT pros this Halloween and beyond.
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If you think zombies, ghosts, and vampires are scary, consider the plight of the typical IT professional.

The uncertainty of the cloud is on one side, line-of-business leaders buying their own technology are on the other. All the while, a fleet of employees bringing their own devices is coming right down the middle. It's enough to make IT pros want to run into a darkened server closet. (Wait! No! Don't go in there! All your servers have been outsourced!)

There are so many scary things facing IT pros all year long, not only around Halloween. Cyberattacks, shrinking budgets, outsourcing, and more.

To get a reality check on the scariest things that are keeping IT pros awake at night, PR firm Finn Partners conducted a survey of these professionals.

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"The challenges these IT decision makers face each day are truly daunting," said Sabrina Horn, managing partner and technology practice lead at Finn Partners, in a prepared statement.

"From aging technology infrastructures, to cybersecurity threats, to the need to keep up with the latest innovations, it's no wonder we received a lot of scary, uncertain opinions about what lies ahead. But these findings also highlight the need for technology providers to better communicate the business outcomes they deliver, making it a little less uncertain for everyone."

Finn Partners surveyed 511 US-based IT decision-makers between Sept. 6 and Sept. 13, 2016. Respondents to the survey identified themselves as senior employees with decision-making influence in one or more of the following areas:

  • PCs, laptops, or tablets
  • peripherals (such as printers, projectors, or consumables)
  • software solutions
  • servers, storage or virtualization solutions
  • IT services, such as technical support, maintenance, repair, consulting, training, and outsourced services

Here are scary scenarios haunting IT decision-makers' nightmares this Halloween, plus a look at some technologies that are poised to vanquish the monsters and provide value to IT organizations in the years ahead.

Jessica Davis is a Senior Editor at InformationWeek. She covers enterprise IT leadership, careers, artificial intelligence, data and analytics, and enterprise software. She has spent a career covering the intersection of business and technology. Follow her on twitter: ... View Full Bio

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