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CIOs Face Barriers to Business Transformation

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-27-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    CIOs Face Barriers to Business Transformation

    By Dennis McCafferty
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    75% of surveyed CIOs said their existing network presents problems that impact their organization's ability to achieve its business goals.
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    68% are concerned about the improvement of their overall delivery of services, and 79% question whether they'll be able to support the delivery of new services to spur business growth.
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    77% raise doubts about whether they're effectively deploying analytics and data mining.
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    Major Issues: Associated Costs

    Just under two-thirds worry about reducing operating expenses.
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    Major Issues: Fast Lane

    68% are concerned about the fast deployment of new apps, and 65% voice reservations about rapid access to apps from multiple devices.
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    Major Issues: Communications Breakdown

    Nearly two-thirds are concerned about internal communications and collaboration efforts.
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    Major Issues: Partnering Up

    40% worry about choosing the right vendors to support a transformative business strategy.
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    90% said their organization is deploying the cloud in some way.
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    More than one-third said that cloud adoption without IT involvement isn't allowed–but that it either does or may happen.
 

While most CIOs embrace the opportunity to help transform their organization's business, a wide range of tech-specific obstacles are getting in the way, according to a recent survey from Brocade. The resulting report, titled "Global CIO Study 2015: Taking Up the Task of Business Transformation," indicates that the majority of CIOs harbor doubts about their ability to deliver the right kind of new IT services to drive business growth. Even more CIOs question whether they and their IT teams are getting the most that they can out of analytics and data mining. Meanwhile, employees create challenges thanks to their "fast and furious" accessing of numerous apps from multiple devices. And, of course, there's always a building sense of pressure to keep operating costs down. For CIOs to overcome all of this, they must take advantage of what's called the "new IP," an enabler that accelerates business growth through innovation-centric, software-enabled networking. "The role of IT is changing from being an administrator of infrastructure to becoming an enabler of the business–driving innovation and new ways of working to revolutionize customer engagement and transactional processes," said Ken Cheng, CTO and senior vice president of corporate development and emerging business for Brocade. "More than ever, the CIO has a critical role in advising the board and senior management on strategic business investments. But legacy infrastructure remains a major roadblock, prohibiting business agility and innovation. The new IP offers a way of addressing this, enabling business objectives to be met." An estimated 200 global CIOs took part in the research, which was conducted by Vanson Bourne.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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