Monday, July 17, 2017
Being a Canadian, and to celebrating Canada turning 150 years old, I wanted to call out some interesting trend data I recently came across. Having spent a good amount of time visiting with customers in Canada in 2017, as I do each year I have noticed changes in the country. Quite possibly due to the changes in government and the political climate, or change and progress in the private sector.
In Canada, there are economic challenges today, mostly due to a high reliance on natural resources, and low market prices today. Even with these difficulties there are increased IT budgets in Canada, surpassing the global average growth rates based on the Gartner IT survey data.
When breaking this down further, only 38% of government employees projected budgetary growth versus 64% of non-government respondents in Canada. Comparing these to last year the numbers were 16% and 57% respectively. Canada sees increased investment from a technology perspective based on the survey group. Much of that investment is coming from the private sector versus the public sector
which is encouraging for the Canadian economy.
I still will be making a couple of trips to Canada in 2017 including speaking at the full stack conference in Toronto (http://2017.fsto.co/ ). I'll be presenting new content including new thoughts around monitoring and instrumentation. I'm looking forward to finalizing my presentation over the next couple months. I wish you a happy birthday Canada and look forward to seeing the results of these changes. See everyone in Toronto.