How Tech Megatrends Put More Pressure on IT

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-27-2015 Email

Tech "megatrends" such as the cloud, mobility, big data and social media are creating a perfect storm for IT departments, launching an era in which CIOs must step up as strategic leaders–or risk failure. The majority of global IT decision makers, in fact, view tech as a prime catalyst for business growth, according to a recent survey from EMC. In the near future, for example, most believe that tech will need to serve as a broker for on-demand IT. However, a significant amount does not feel that their organizations currently have the right level of tech skills and knowledge to deliver needed results. What's needed is increased collaboration with business–and investment into cloud-driven solutions and other innovations–to fully realize IT's potential as a difference maker. "Enterprise IT continues to be under massive pressure to improve quality of service while reducing cost," said Jeremy Burton, president of products and marketing at EMC. "As a result, companies are moving toward more advanced levels of IT infrastructure driven by innovation such as hybrid cloud. We expect this uptake to continue in 2015 as companies look for agile, simple and secure services." More than 10,450 global IT business 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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