Industry Reports

This survey was conducted to determine how organizations in Canada are planning to adopt to a “new normal” as Canada continues to administer vaccines for COVID-19 and control the pandemic that impacted spending patterns and work arrangements for millions during 2020.

201 Senior IT executives were surveyed, with titles ranging from Director (105) to CIO (29) to CISO (12).

As the rise in machine-speed cyberattacks increases the need for machine-speed defenses, this report assesses awareness and readiness levels within the evolving threat landscape.

The consistency in results suggests a growing understanding of the unique threat posed by automated attacks as well as the benefits of autonomous defense.

In this benchmark report, we review how digital transforming organizations develop and execute testing strategies that ensure the reliability and quality of applications, integrations, and other technology changes. We surveyed two hundred CIOs, CISOs, and IT leaders in development, quality assurance, operations from large enterprises on their testing strategies, practices, and challenges. Our key question is how digitally transforming organizations leverage test automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to increase test coverage and robustness across growing application portfolios.

This survey was conducted to determine the impact of COVID-19 on technology deployments of businesses in Canada as work from home, combined with an economic downturn, swept the world starting in March 2020. One hundred senior Canadian IT executives were surveyed. Their titles range from Director of IT Operations to CIO and CISO. The companies represent a broad swath of industry and include retail, manufacturing, financial services, and hospital services. The average revenue of the companies surveyed was $408 million and ranged from $49 million to $1 billion.

In September and October 2020, SINC and The Analyst Syndicate — on behalf of Shape Security (an F5 company) —surveyed 100 IT and security practitioners from B2C companies across the US and Canada. The objective was to analyze how effectively companies are managing the security of their customer-facing applications. The survey covered three primary areas:

  • The responsibility and ownership of customer-facing application security
  • The maturity and business impact of application security operations
  • The technologies that companies are investing in to protect customer-facing applications

The 150 Marketing Professionals responding to our recent survey felt this is an unprecedented time. The majority feel professionally challenged because:

  • What used to work before doesn’t anymore. Events and many other marketing investment areas are inoperative.
  • Budgets have been cut and aren’t likely to return to full health any time soon.
  • A third are working on new products and marketing segments, but most do not have the go-to-market funding they need to launch.
  • Many are working in the dark, owing to uncertainty about competition, economics, and the pandemic.

It’s happening to almost everyone in marketing! We’re all in this together.

Two hundred analytics professionals recently completed a SINC survey on their use, satisfaction, and plans for analytics-related tools. It is our assessment that “Analytics Executives” are executives in charge of the day to day analytics processes and operations.

Our analysis of new research data from CIOs, IT security executives, and other senior IT leaders tells us that the global COVID-19 crisis has helped boost business use of cloud-based IT, and will do so through at least the next 24 months. It also tells us that very few firms are adequately prepared to secure the extended use of cloud-based IT – and that leaders are concerned about cloud as a result. This report analyzes the survey data to better understand these concerns, identify their causes, and determine the best solution. 

The progression of the healthcare industry to the use of the cloud continues – gone are the days when few were willing to bet their businesses and their careers on the cloud. Cloud is now mainstream for most healthcare organizations. However, results from a recent survey conducted by SINC USA on behalf of cloud provider Nutanix that explored the degree with which health care organizations embrace the cloud, and their ability to manage and secure simple to complex mixed/hybrid cloud environments identified some key challenges and observations that all organizations can use to forge a path forward.

Cloud computing here to stay. Cost and security are the primary hurdles to new cloud and security initiatives. While cost is the leading hurdle for all, security challenges differ as the cloud environment becomes more complex and mature.

Work From Home combined with BYOD has led to increased mobile device attacks, highlighting mobile security risks and lack of corporate attention.
An increase in the use of personal devices and corporate-provided devices on which users can install personal apps has led to a security soft spot that requires attention. As employees now work from home (WFH) often for the foreseeable future, many are using mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) to access corporate apps and data. As mobile threats are increasing, organizations to protect their corporate assets by supplementing existing IT security measures with advanced mobile security.

The early weeks of March 2020 turned into a scramble for most US businesses. Scores of employees have been set up to work from, which inevitably creates a rethink of IT projects and brings an array of security concerns to CIOs and CISOs alike.

We surveyed executives across the country to learn about their organization’s experience in transitioning to work from home and their outlook for the future. Our findings offer insight into what other firms are doing, what they experienced, and what they are planning for now. The data will surprise you, give you assurance, and ideas on taking the best next steps.

This study measures the state of Cybersecurity today in the United States. Approximately 100 respondents from the Legal, Retail, Education, Energy, Finance, High-Tech, Healthcare, and Entertainment industries as well as Government were included in the research. We contacted companies with 1,000+ employees with over $25 Million in annual sales. The title levels of respondents included: CISO, CIO, Cybersecurity Director, Security Risk Officer/Manager, Director of Security and VP of Security. Within this report you will discover:
  • Main concerns over ability to fight cybercrime
  • Top attacks of concern
  • Priorities for security expansion
  • Key areas of investment
  • Focus for future spend
  • Highest priorities for the next 12 months

We are proud to partner with Dell Boomi on the upcoming Women in Technology: Leadership, Opportunities & Obstacles Industry Report. 

This paper is based on primary research that assesses the priorities, benefits, and hurdles organizations experience when transforming their organization with data-driven tools, products, and practices. The research was conducted with leaders that directly oversee data operational practices in large enterprises.

Technology leaders are very focused on staying ahead of the competition and increasing profitability. They are prioritizing investments that drive efficiencies and taking modest steps on innovation projects. 

Learn more about the many new drivers for IT investments in our latest report.