Infrastructure Can’t Keep Up With Business Needs

Infrastructure Can’t Keep Up With Business Needs

Business AssetBusiness Asset

More than seven out of 10 CIOs and other senior tech execs surveyed feel that their company recognizes that IT infrastructure plays a primary role in enabling competitive advantage or optimizing revenue and profit.

Flying BlindFlying Blind

Just 22% said their organization has a well-defined enterprise IT infrastructure strategy and road map.

Business  Challenges  of IT InfrastructureBusiness Challenges of IT Infrastructure

Keeping up with increasing pace of business requirements: 48%, Managing upgrade cycles: 42%, Providing the needed storage capabilities: 36%, Delivering enough bandwidth: 31%, Maintaining service levels within IT budgets: 30%

Collective EffortCollective Effort

43% of senior IT leaders surveyed said non-IT execs at their organization have gotten involved in decisions affecting end-user devices, while two out of five said the same about security, cloud computing and IT architecture.

Short-HandedShort-Handed

Only 13% of them said they’re successful in developing and maintaining the skills and capabilities needed to meet changing IT infrastructure requirements.

Top Skills Required to Support IT InfrastructureTop Skills Required to Support IT Infrastructure

Cross-domain knowledge: 42%, System programming/management: 35%, Infrastructure security: 35%, Open source/open standards: 33%, App development: 31%

Incomplete AssessmentIncomplete Assessment

Only 23% of senior IT execs in the survey said their organization is successful at collecting, analyzing and documenting performance measures.

Best Practices: Position IT as a Valued Service ProviderBest Practices: Position IT as a Valued Service Provider

Users must make sense of a plethora of choices to run their most valuable applications. IT should help them understand how emerging trends will affect their technology decisions.

Best Practices: Smash Silos Within ITBest Practices: Smash Silos Within IT

As involvement with business increases, so should collaboration among traditional tech silos such as networking, storage and operating platforms.

Best Practices: Re-examine Your Employee Supply ChainBest Practices: Re-examine Your Employee Supply Chain

To best manage the tech talent gap, determine current and future capability needs and likely shortfalls. Deploy HR analytics to avoid guesswork and identify issues before they become problems.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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