New findings from an annual survey of technology decision-makers, by Equinix suggest a movement toward a less connected world could not be further from the plans of digital leaders across industries and geographies. Despite concerns of a potential looming recession and talk at the World Economic Forum in Davos about the end of globalisation, businesses appear to remain bullish about their plans for further global expansion.
Of the 2,900 IT decision-makers surveyed globally in the Equinix 2022 Global Tech Trends Survey, 72% of respondents indicated their organisation is planning to expand in the next 12 months, into either a new city (31%), a new country (33%), or a new region entirely (38%).
The global sentiment was echoed by UK-based IT decision-makers, with 43% planning expansion into a new region; 31% into a new country; and 26% into a new city. Overall, however, tech decision-makers in EMEA were less ambitious in terms of expansion plans, with 59% planning to expand into a new market in the next year—perhaps reflecting more caution around economic factors. By contrast, IT leaders in APAC and in the Americas were more optimistic in this regard, with 82% and 78% intending to expand across geographies.
A number of potentially limiting factors were identified by businesses when it came to global growth, with supply chain challenges highlighted as a particular area of
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