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2021

Global Tech
Outlook

A Red Hat® report

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Each year, Red Hat surveys information technology (IT) leaders and decision makers to learn where they are in their digital transformation journey and what their technology goals and priorities are for the coming year. This helps us more clearly understand how we can better meet organizations where they are. We interviewed 1,470 IT decision makers, which included a mix of Red Hat customers and a broader industry panel.

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84% of respondents are actively pursuing digital transformation initiatives.

16% Not started or in very early stages

48% Emerging or transforming

36% Accelerating or leading

84%

36% Accelerating or leading

48% Emerging or transforming

16% Not started or in very early stages

Within organizations accelerating or leading, 21% have had to begin their digital transformation efforts sooner than expected or speed up existing efforts.

Integration issues are the top barrier to digital transformation.

27% 26% 25% 25% 23%

Integration issues

Security and compliance

Talent gaps

Cost reductions

Technical debt

27% of respondents say a cultural change is an important part of digital transformation …

30% 28% 27% 27% 27%

Improving collaboration

Implementing cloud technologies

Transforming IT culture

Delivering IT services faster

Improving digital experiences

... but only 6% of respondents say evolving their culture is their top priority for digital transformation.

6% Culture

23% Innovation

19% Security

13% User experience

11% Cost reduction

10% Training

9% Simplicity

9% Speed

6% Culture

23% Innovation

19% Security

13% User Experience

11% Cost reduction

10% Training

9% Simplicity

9% Speed

IT security is top of mind for funding priorities in 2021.

45% 39% 34% 29% 26%

IT security

IT/cloud management

Cloud infrastructure

Optimizing existing IT

IT automation

A digital transformation strategy is the top nontechnical funding priority.

36% 33% 28% 28% 27%

Digital transformation strategy

Technical skills training

People and process skills training

IT/developer hiring and retention

Organizational stability

38% of respondents say they are using a hybrid cloud or multicloud strategy.

17% Private cloud

22% Public cloud
or standardizing on a single
public cloud

23% No plans or still establishing
a cloud strategy

38% Hybrid or multicloud

38% Hybrid or multicloud

23% No plans or still establishing a cloud strategy

22% Public cloud or standardizing on a single public cloud

17% Private cloud

2021 Global Tech Outlook

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Take a closer look at these results and more to discover what’s impacting IT funding priorities, trends around container workloads, and top machine learning challenges.

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