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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 has spent a career covering the intersection of business and technology at titles including IDG's Infoworld, Ziff Davis Enterprise's eWeek and Channel Insider, and Penton Technology's MSPmentor. She's passionate about the practical use of business intelligence, ... View Full Bio

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The Fear of "Bad Wi-Fi"
How about the fear of when the Wi-Fi network is not working? Knowing the network isn't working but not knowing why can be very stressful. IT leaders need a management platform that offers live user monitoring, and gives insight into real-time user connectivity to proactively resolve any problems that can affect end-users' Wi-Fi experience.
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10/28/2016 | 3:04:40 PM
IT Staffing
Overall, IT departments have seen major change in the past 10 years as they re-evaluate and implement new technology. The in-demand IT skill set has changed dramatically as well. We have seen an increase in web-based software, project management and development positions. This trend will continue for those with skills in current and emerging technologies. 

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