Some industries tend to be the first to adopt new information technology, while others tend to be laggards. Others leapfrog over each other, coordinating massive efforts to get current and compliant with the latest technology, only to have it outpace their initiatives.
Nearly three-quarters (73%) of employees in Government are using PCs with Windows 8 or older. This ranks Government as last. Furthermore, nearly two-thirds (63%) of Government employee’s computers are using Windows 7 or older.
The 2nd and 3rd-ranked industries as OS Laggards are Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Higher Education.
In the decades of our research, we’ve seen that some industries perennially behave different than others, specifically Government and Education. These have their own seasons when they are are buying and when they aren’t. Also, these particular industry often have a more centralized approach to acquiring and managing tech products and services than many other industries. Also, higher educational institutions in the public eye have a fiduciary responsibility to the public that encourages transparent cost-justification and longer life cycles. Other industries often invest in the newest technology as a competitive advantage.
We don’t expect any industry to change overnight due to release of technology. Inertia itself doesn’t change quickly. Instead, we expect technology companies such as Microsoft to continue adapting their vertically-focused efforts to help guide these industries into the future.
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