How Virtualization Drives Peak IT Performance

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-26-2014 Email Print this article Print

While CIOs want to devote more of IT's time to business-driving strategies and less on day-to-day fixes, they're faced with an uphill struggle: Six of 10 tech professionals say they spend too much time is tracking and compiling IT expenses as opposed to performing IT analysis, according to a recent survey from Logicalis US. The majority say they're constantly fighting fires and doesn't spend enough time developing business-focused solutions, findings show. The accompanying report, "The Impact of IT Transformation on Enterprise Computing," indicates that organizations are at a wide range of stages in terms of their strategic sophistication. And the relative advancement of their virtualization and cloud investment is playing a big role. Those at the most advanced stage benefit from fully virtualized, converged and automated data centers to fully support all benefits of cloud computing. They're replacing unpredictable and often pricy IT capital spending with regular monthly service costs. Those in the earliest stage are relatively inflexible, saddled with time-consuming manual processes while pursuing piecemeal and often unpredictably pricy tech acquisitions. "CIOs are searching for relevance today," says Brett Anderson, director of Enterprise Computing Solutions for Logicalis US. "The more developed a company's IT roadmap, the more readily that company is able to adapt to technological changes and new requirements; respond to risks in a proactive, rather than reactive manner; and overcome threats to IT system availability and performance." More than 600 U.S. IT professionals participated in the research, which was conducted by the Ponemon Institute. For more about the survey, click here

  • Budget Fluctuations

    Organizations at the earliest stage of IT transformation spend $31.7 million on IT system inefficiencies and failures, while companies at the latest stage allocate only $21.1 million to this.
    Budget Fluctuations
  • Buying Sprees

    Just 22% of organizations which are starting out in IT transformation anticipate a boost in tech spending for the next 12 months, but 36% of those at the most advanced stage do.
    Buying Sprees
  • Hot and Bothered

    IT pros at 68% of organizations in the earliest transformation stage say they're likely to engage in "fighting fires," but only 34% of IT pros at the most advanced tech departments say they do this.
    Hot and Bothered
  • Deep Dive

    Three-quarters of IT pros at companies just starting the transformation say they don't spend enough time on analysis, while just 32% of those at the most advanced stage agree.
    Deep Dive
  • Consumer Disengagement

    68% of IT pros in the initial stage say they spend insufficient time on developing business solutions for customers, compared to 40% of those at the most advanced stage.
    Consumer Disengagement
  • Transition Time

    Companies at the beginning stage allocate only 8% of their tech budget to IT transformational activities, but those at the most advanced stage allocate 26%.
    Transition Time
  • External Migration

    Those at the beginning stage keep 73% of tech operations on-premise, while those at the last stage keep 40% on-premise.
    External Migration
  • Virtual World

    Those just starting out have virtualized 23% of their servers, while the most advanced have virtualized 53%.
    Virtual World
  • Smooth Transition

    Just 17% of IT pros at the earliest stage feel that companies are able to easily integrate IT during acquisitions, while 40% of those at the most advanced stage say this is the case.
    Smooth Transition
  • Service Outage

    56% of those at the earliest stage say their IT service management has limited capabilities, features and services, but only 23% of those at the most advanced stage feel this way.
    Service Outage
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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