Carmel Owens, CEO, Sidero

Irish enterprises to spend average of €564k on cloud and digital services in 2021

TechBeat and Sidero find continued appetite for digital transformation, with interest in 5G, automation growing
Carmel Owens, Sidero

27 April 2021

The results of the latest TechBeat survey carried out in association with digital transformation specialist Sidero has shown Irish enterprises expect to spend an average of €564,000 on cloud and digital services, technologies and investments in 2021.

Of the 119 IT decision makers polled, 86% said they intend to move more applications and workloads to the cloud, as work-from-home models are likely to become more permanent.

The new research reveals that 46% of IT leaders believe their digital transformation strategy is just adequate or a work in progress, while only 17% feel their organisation’s strategy is enabling business success.




A total of 61% of businesses in Ireland plan to invest and increase usage in digital transformation technologies this year. Almost half (46%) are seeking to increase automation, while the same number will look to invest in the application of 5G capabilities and technologies. A third plan to invest in both artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The survey also found that organisations expect to increase cloud usage by one-third in 2021, and just over half (52%) plan to increase their usage of cloud-native applications.

However, there are perceived obstacles to increased cloud adoption. 60% of businesses are concerned about security, 40% cite a lack of in-house digital skills as a barrier, and 31% have compliancy and regulatory concerns. More than a third (35%) of IT decision makers admitted that their current cloud strategy is outdated, or they have no strategy at all.

Carmel Owens, CEO, Sidero says: “We have seen an unprecedented acceleration in the race to digital transformation in the past year. Almost overnight, businesses of all sizes had to innovate and adapt to a new way of working, and the shift to remote work-models and in turn, increased usage of cloud-based services, is set to ramp up in earnest this year.

“As with any fundamental change, there are barriers to digital innovation on this scale, with business leaders concerned about security, regulation, and the ever-present IT skills gap in their organisations.

“In order to keep up with the rate of change, Irish businesses must continue to innovate and invest in their digital futures. It’s clear from our findings that the majority of organisations in Ireland are not entirely satisfied with their cloud and digital transformation strategies, but it’s encouraging to see that there’s an appetite there to address this.”

The full results and analysis are available as part of a report titled 2021 Insights: The Future of Work is Agile.

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