Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80CompTIAWorld | SPRING 2017 50 Q & A The Power of Prediction market, resulting in the stalling of spending and investment. On top of the usual economic concerns, IT industry executives must contend with the thorny issues of evolving business models, new competitive pressures, talent crunches and the ever-present threat of commoditization. C: With people feeling relatively optimistic about the future, what does that mean for growth? What are some of the areas that will be the biggest drivers? TH: If conditions hold, we’re projecting U.S. IT industry growth of about four percent for 2017. Of course, there are many factors that may cause growth to exceed or trail expectations. For that reason, CompTIA considers growth projections under optimistic and pessimistic scenarios. For example, if customer spending accelerates or the pace of emerging tech adoption quickens, growth could push towards the upside of the forecast range, which is pegged at 6.2 percent. Conversely, any slowdown could dampen growth towards the low end of the range: 1.9 percent. At a category level, IT industry executives are most bullish on IT services and software. C: CompTIA’s IT Industry Outlook report describes several trends that will be taking place throughout the year. Let’s start with the technology angle. Cloud has been a part of the IT discussion for several years now. How are things changing as we enter a new phase of adoption? TH: It does seem as if we have been discussing the cloud trend for a long time now. In some ways, because cloud infrastructure and applications are the default option for many businesses, the cloud qualifier has started to fade into the background. What could be considered new is the way in which the original selling points of cloud – access to massive computer or storage resources, scalability, connectivity and speed of deployment – are powering a range of emerging innovations. The latest developments in IoT, AI, smart cities, automation or big data could be considered an extension of the cloud and sign of where things are headed. C: Security is also going to be a huge consideration, especially as new technology models like IoT are introduced. What lies ahead for cybersecurity? TH: As described in CompTIA’s IT Industry Outlook, security will get worse before it gets better. This doesn’t mean there has not been progress – because there are many positives to point to, but rather, rethinking approaches to security doesn’t happen overnight. The January DDoS attack was one in a long line of wake-up calls that didn’t “There will be additional headline- making security incidents as organizations work to implement more strategic and proactive approaches”