2nd Edition

IT Trends in Large- and Medium-Sized Canadian Businesses

A Study by NOVIPRO and Léger

In this digital era of artificial intelligence and cloud computing, do Canadian businesses take information technology into account when devising business strategy? Some do, but differences persist between those who are leading – and those who are lagging – in IT. NOVIPRO and Léger surveyed more than 460 decision-makers from various industries across the country to understand their challenges, and to evaluate any change in perspective since our 2017 study.

OUR FINDINGS: THREE SEGMENTS

1
Artificial intelligence

Nearly
9 out of 10 businesses

expect significant expenditures in technology within the next two years.
However, fewer than
a quarter (23%)

plan to invest in artificial intelligence over the same period.
Compared with the United States, where
66 %
of businesses invested in artificial intelligence in 2016, businesses in Canada lag behind.
It should be noted that data scientists and artificial intelligence experts are particularly difficult to recruit.
DATA SECURITY
2

Canadian businesses
consider themselves protected against cyber threats.

But, results show that they’re just not ready to withstand this type of attack, with only
19 %
of respondents reporting that they have a contingency plan.
86 %
claim that their company is well protected.
32 %
have already been the victim of a ransomware or cyber threat.
Some good news: nearly half (44 %)

plan to invest in security within the next two years.
3
FOLLOW-UP ON IT "DROPOUTS"
The 2017 study demonstrated that a significant percentage of businesses were falling behind in IT - The Disconnected.

The situation is expected to improve in 2018.

When compared with last year’s results:

Companies that consider their infrastructure ahead of the curve
20 %
2017
31 %
2018
Businesses that said IT plays a role as strategic partner
21 %
2017
34 %
2018
Businesses that said IT is integral to organization strategy
79 %
2017
87 %
2018
Companies that feel they have a baseline expertise in IT
23 %
2017
14 %
2018



Companies that consider their infrastructure ahead of the curve
20 %
2017
31 %
2018



Businesses that said IT plays a role as strategic partner
21 %
2017
34 %
2018



Businesses that said IT is integral to organization strategy
79 %
2017
87 %
2018



Companies that feel they have a baseline expertise in IT
23 %
2017
14 %
2018
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