Why Few Data Centers Are Fully Optimized

Why Few Data Centers Are Fully Optimized

Why Few Data Centers Are Fully OptimizedWhy Few Data Centers Are Fully Optimized

Modernizing and streamlining the data center is imperative for IT departments in order to deliver the agility and flexibility required by their businesses.

Under PerformingUnder Performing

Just 9% of tech execs said their IT operations—including team staffing, standardized processes and app management—are optimized.

Futire PlansFuture Plans

48% said they plan to expand cloud initiatives to optimize IT, and 40% said they want to develop/acquire new skill sets while 37% said they intend to consolidate apps.


67% said there are no less than 100 apps in use within their organization, with 35% saying there are 500 or more in use.


56% said their organization has either completed an app interdependency analysis, or is now conducting one.

Shifting FocusShifting Focus

On average, survey respondents said 59% of their IT infrastructure/app workload is distributed within a corporate-owned data center, but this percentage is expected to decline to 47% within two years as they expand upon the use of outsourcing and colocation.

Conflicting AgendasConflicting Agendas

62% said their tech department is challenged by the need to balance day-to-day operations with the pursuit of innovation/business initiatives.

Overwhelming OptionsOverwhelming Options

55% said IT is challenged in assessing new technology choices.

Imperfect ArrangementImperfect Arrangement

53% said their tech department struggles to ensure that IT skill sets match operational management needs.

Re-Balancing ActRe-Balancing Act

On average, survey respondents said 65% of IT operations management tasks are assigned to in-house staff, but this is expected to decline to 58% within two years. Within the same period, outsourced service providers will increase their roles here from 18% of tasks to 25%.

Top Factors in Deciding upon an IT PlatformTop Factors in Deciding upon an IT Platform

Security requirements: 62%, Compliance needs/expectations: 37%, Business objectives: 32%, Performance demands: 31%, Costs: 27%

Dennis McCafferty
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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