* The SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2018 reveals containers are a top investment priority today over technology like artificial intelligence
* Optimising IT performance remains an elusive challenge
* Study also points to need for better integration with top leaders on IT investment priorities
SolarWinds have recently released the findings of its annual state-of-the-industry study. The new study reveals the state of today's IT landscape: IT professionals are continuing to prioritise investments in cloud computing as they grapple with how to leverage the benefits of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (Al) and machine learning. A juxtaposition of the findings with other independent research also suggests a misalignment between the IT investment priorities of the practitioners surveyed and their leaders.
The IT Trends Report 2018: The Intersection of Hype and Performance, the company's annual report on IT trends, explores the spectrum of today's existing and emerging technologies, and the extent to which they are disrupting IT and optimising the performance of environments as organisations progress in their digital transformation journeys.
Overall, U.K. IT professionals are prioritising investments in cloud computing and hybrid IT more than any other technology; 95 percent of respondents indicate that cloud/hybrid IT are one of the top five most important technologies to their organisation's IT strategy today. By contrast, just two years ago, over one-third of IT professionals indicated, as part of the SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2016: The Hybrid IT Evolution, that cloud computing was somewhat important or not important at all. While Al and machine learning (ML) are not currently the highest priorities for IT professionals, optimising cloud/hybrid IT environments creates a critical pathway to eventually deploy and capture the compelling benefits of these emerging technologies.
However, the rapid adoption of new technologies has created environments that are not optimised for peak performance. Nearly half (42 percent) of the survey respondents indicate their environments are not optimised and reported spending 50 percent or more of their time reactively maintaining and troubleshooting. In increasing numbers, IT professionals appear to be addressing the challenges introduced by the cloud and hybrid IT through investment in containers: 49 percent of respondents ranked containers as one of the most important technology...