oct. 25 2015

New Data from Ipswitch Reveals Top Challenges for IT Teams Heading Into 2016

Global survey of 2,685 IT pros highlights the biggest challenges IT teams face in the battle over the increasing complexity, security threats and importance of mission critical applications and infrastructure

LEXINGTON, Mass. – October 15, 2015 – IT teams wage a battle behind the scenes every day to enable today’s connected digital businesses. Whether it is dealing with cyber threats, new technology or just the sheer volume of day-to-day work, the true front lines of IT have become increasingly complex. Given these challenges, Ipswitch set out to uncover the biggest issues facing IT departments as 2016 approaches. Today it released the findings of this survey in a report entitled “The 8 Issues Derailing IT Team Innovation” that highlights the eight most critical issues that are holding IT back from achieving their innovation and operational goals.


The findings of the report are available here and the major themes will be discussed during the Ipswitch Innovate 2015 Summit, a two-day virtual conference on October 21 and 22.


“Behind every business-critical application that serves as the lifeblood of modern commerce, companies rely on IT teams to keep them up and running 24/7,” said Jeff Loeb, CMO at Ipswitch. “This survey identifies the key challenges facing IT organizations heading into 2016, and highlights how IT teams are coping with increasing complexity and security threats.”


The survey of 2,685 IT professionals across the globe revealed that their top IT challenges fall into eight distinct categories. The categories and percentage of respondents are as follows:

  1. Security (25 percent)
  2. IT Infrastructure and Application Performance Monitoring (19 percent)
  3. New Technology, Updates and Deployment (14 percent)
  4. Time, Budget and Resource Constraints (10 percent)
  5. Business Issues (seven percent)
  6. Data Management and Storage (six percent)
  7. Device Management and End User Issues (five percent)
  8. Automation and Reporting (four percent)


Survey Methodology and Regional Breakdown

In July of 2015, Ipswitch surveyed 2,685 IT professionals across the globe to determine their top IT concern for 2016. The percentage of responses representing each global region is as follows:

  • North America: 61 percent
  • Europe: 24 percent
  • Asia-Pacific: 12 percent
  • Latin America: three percent



  • For a copy of “The 8 Issues Derailing IT Team Innovation: Key Challenges Facing IT Teams in 2016” report, visit: https://blog.ipswitch.com/8-issues-derailing-it-team-innovation-in-2016.
  • For more information on Ipswitch Innovate 2015 Online Summit (October 21-22, 2015) including how to register for this free event, visit: www.ipswitch.com/Innovate.


About Ipswitch

Ipswitch helps solve complex IT problems with simple solutions. The company’s software has been installed on more than 150,000 networks spanning 168 countries to monitor networks, applications and servers, and securely transfer files between systems, business partners and customers. Ipswitch was founded in 1991 and is based in Lexington, Massachusetts with offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information, visit www.ipswitch.com.