NOVIPRO/Leger Study Reveals COVID-19 Forced Canadian Companies To Scale Back On Their IT/Business Plans In 2020

Today, Canadian IT solutions firm, NOVIPRO released survey results from their fifth annual IT portrait of Canadian businesses, finding that COVID-19 forced Canadian companies to completely rethink their IT strategies. This Canada-wide study examined IT trends and the state of technology in large and medium-sized Canadian businesses in 2020, including AI and cybersecurity investment plans, perception of IT infrastructure and cloud computing. 

Key findings from the study are: 

  • An overwhelming majority of businesses (81%) say the pandemic caused serious security issues, primarily due to managing remote workforces. 
  • Despite the higher risks due to working from home, only 25% of businesses plan to invest in solutions to improve security in the next two years—a significant drop compared to 2019 (42%). 
  • Employees account for more than half (53%) of businesses IT threats.
  • Only 29% of Canadian businesses plan to invest in AI in the next two years, compared to 36% in 2019. 
  • Companies began to see their IT as functional rather than innovative in 2020; mere 29% of respondents viewed their IT infrastructure as “state-of-the-art” compared to 41% in 2019. 
  • Only 37% of companies say they have full confidence in their IT team’s security capabilities, a slight drop compared to 2019 (42%).

You can look at the complete study here.

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