What’s top of mind for IT leaders right now? The VMware Executive Pulse Q4 study was designed to find out. Providing insights from more than 452 global C-Suite and senior technology decision-makers, it focuses on key trends shaping modern apps, multi-cloud management, and security.

The study uncovered three top priorities for investment in 2023:

Innovation in applications to boost customer value

Innovation in modern apps continues to fuel increased revenue and customer satisfaction for businesses. And this isn’t limited to IT — apps are evolving all across organizations from converting legacy apps to developing new apps to meet specific needs. Leaders stated they are building custom apps for these top three reasons:

  • To create a unique customer experience and engagement with customers, partners and employees
  • To achieve a competitive advantage in internal operations (systems of records)
  • To improve business and market insights with custom-built analytics.

Optimizing cloud services for efficient cloud management

Up to 48% of the IT leaders surveyed describe their current multi-cloud state as “disparate development, operations, and security policies across the public cloud platforms.” As a result, they are prioritizing initiatives that provide more organization for their clouds.

To reach an optimal cloud state, their top strategies include adopting industry cloud technologies, investing in cloud networking technology and architecture, and providing a secure platform for external collaboration.

 

 

Providing consistent hybrid work experiences to improve productivity

As many as 67% of IT executives expect their hybrid workforce to grow in 2023, according to the study. As hybrid growth continues, leaders are striving to provide greater consistency, but survey respondents indicated that productivity varies widely.

 

Room for Optimism

On a final note, despite economic headwinds, the majority of IT executives surveyed are optimistic that their budgets will continue to expand in 2023.

 

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Prioritizing Innovation, Optimization and Consistency,” VMware Executive Pulse Study, VMware and Qualtrics, September – October 2022.

Prioritizing Innovation, Optimization and Consistency,” VMware Executive Pulse Study, VMware and Qualtrics, September – October 2022.