IT Modernizations Are Delayed by Security Issues

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-16-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Modernizing IT can boost revenue while cutting costs, but legacy and other traditional technologies still dominate the workplace, stalling transformations.
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    Token Effort

    On average, only about 33% of organizations' app portfolios, infrastructure and workplace technologies are considered modernized. The rest are conventional or legacy technologies.
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    Despite the current lack of modernized tech resources, 88% of the IT decision-makers surveyed believe that modernized IT systems serve a critical function in addressing the emerging requirements of digital business.
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    On average, these respondents anticipate that a tech modernization can increase annual revenue by more than 14% and decrease operating costs by nearly the same percentage.
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    Arrested Development

    80% of the survey respondents said that a failure to modernize IT systems and approaches will hurt the long-term growth potential of their organization.
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    42% said that they encounter security challenges with cloud technology when attempting to modernize IT, while 38% said they run into security risks related to legacy platforms.
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    72% of the respondents said their company has at least started implementing DevOps methods in their software engineering efforts, and 30% said they've reached expert levels.
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    Fresh Approach: Agile

    69% said their organization has at least started incorporating agile app development into their software engineering projects, and 31% said they've reached expert levels.
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    83% of the respondents said their company already uses intelligent automation or expects to within the next 36 months, while 75% said the same about cognitive automation and robotic process automation.
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    Top ROI Drivers of IT Modernization

    Business productivity: 69%, IT staff productivity: 61%, Business innovation from tech: 57%, IT cost reductions: 56%, Business cost reductions: 56%
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    On-premises data centers: 47%, Hosted data centers: 29%, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): 14%, Platform as a Service (PaaS): 8%
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    Within 36 months, the presence of custom business apps in IaaS architectures will double to 30%, and the presence of these apps in PaaS architectures will triple to 25%.
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    Security: 43%, Operational risk: 43%, Failure to demonstrate needed ROI: 39%, Lack of budget: 39%, Inability to recognize value of PaaS and related services: 32%
 

While the vast majority of IT decision-makers believe that modernized technology systems have become critical, what are considered conventional or legacy technologies account for most of today's apps, infrastructure and workplace tools, according to a recent survey from Avanade. The resulting report, "IT Modernization: Critical to Digital Transformation," indicates that organizations risk losing out on long-term growth potential if they fail to modernize IT. However, in many cases, security challenges stand in the way. On the positive side, most companies have at least started to implement approaches such as DevOps and agile into their app development and software engineering initiatives. They're also expected to ramp up their deployment of intelligent and cognitive automation and robotic process automation in order to remain relevant and competitive. "If organizations don't modernize their IT systems—and, just as importantly, the IT approaches used alongside these systems—they will not be able to address the emerging needs of the digital business," according to the report. "The digital business will need IT systems and approaches that can, for example, handle a multichannel digital world that must receive, interpret and interact with data from wearables, IoT [internet of things] and AI [artificial intelligence]." An estimated 800 global IT decision-makers took part in the research, which was conducted by Vanson Bourne.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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