CIOs Must Balance Daily Operations With Innovation

CIOs Must Balance Daily Operations With Innovation

CIOs Must Balance Daily Operations With InnovationCIOs Must Balance Daily Operations With Innovation

Tech leaders must execute day-to-day IT operations efficiently and cost-effectively, and develop the technological foundations for innovation and future growth.

Tech Is at the Company CoreTech Is at the Company Core

85% of the technology professionals surveyed agree that their leadership believes their company is an IT company at heart.

Infrastructure ChallengesInfrastructure Challenges

Half of the IT pros face the challenge of upgrading hardware and software and integrating applications without threatening the core architecture.

Cloud Migration: A New FrontierCloud Migration: A New Frontier

84% of the survey respondents are invested in cloud services, but one-third worry that implementation is too disruptive.

Budget AllocationsBudget Allocations

The IT professionals surveyed identified security (55%) and the cloud (44%) as the top two areas in which their budget needs to grow.

“As a Service” Is Popular

As IT leaders weigh today’s needs with tomorrow’s, they continue to flock to the cloud. Software as a Service and Security as a Service are the lead cloud computing models at 57% and 51% respectively.

Infrastructure and Disaster Recovery LagInfrastructure and Disaster Recovery Lag

Infrastructure as a Service (39%) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (34%) lag behind SaaS and Security as a Service.

Benefits of Cloud ServicesBenefits of Cloud Services

More flexible, collaborative IT environment: 61%, Safer data environment: 59%, Better remote access: 55%, Improved support for providers: 48%, Faster speed to market: 36%, Reduction in capital expenditure fees: 35%

Taking a Two-Pronged ApproachTaking a Two-Pronged Approach

63% of the IT pros surveyed said their company is adopting a two-pronged IT approach, with one group focusing on predictability and operations and the other focusing on innovation.

Influencing Tech DecisionsInfluencing Tech Decisions

22% of the IT professionals said that beyond the IT department, product development has the most influence over technology decisions.

Integrating the IoTIntegrating the IoT

49% said they have begun to integrate the internet of things (IoT) into their technology strategies related to consumer engagement.

Above-Average InfrastructureAbove-Average Infrastructure

Asked to grade their IT infrastructure, the IT professionals surveyed gave an average grade of “B,” up from a “B-” last year. 53% said optimization and upgrading hardware and software are the biggest pain points.

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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