Why IT Leaders Have Too Little Time for Innovation

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-20-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Why IT Leaders Have Too Little Time for Innovation

    IT leaders and staff spend far more time maintaining current technology than innovating. This, along with limited budgets, is restraining technology advances.
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    Priority Failure
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    Priority Failure

    61% of IT's time is spent "keeping the lights on," said the IT pros and decision-makers surveyed, and just 28% is dedicated to innovation, and only 11% is devoted to training and development.
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    61% said that current strategies to manage modernization requirements are limiting other innovation efforts.
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    Static Situation

    Less than half of the IT pros surveyed said they're seeing increasing tech budgets throughout a wide range of core investment areas.
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    Sound Investment

    Companies that have spent at least 15% of their global revenue on IT have integrated an average of 38% of their tech systems enterprise-wide, while those spending no more than 5% on IT have integrated an average of 19%.
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    Opposing Perspectives, Part I

    The CIOs surveyed believe that, on average, 43% of their systems are fully integrated enterprise-wide, but vice presidents of IT said that, on average, just 22% are fully integrated.
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    77% of the CISOs surveyed said security plays a factor in tech adoption decisions, but only 44% of CIOs agreed.
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    Top IT Challenges
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    Top IT Challenges

    Changing tech infrastructure and cloud options: 47%, Remaining secure: 43%, Ensuring mobility: 40%, Meeting demands on IT from the business: 37%, Maintaining and upgrading applications: 36%, Dealing with the lack of staffing resources: 35%
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    74% of the IT pros and decision-makers surveyed said IT plays a "very important" role in influencing business strategy, and 27% said IT's role is "critical."
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    Stealth Deployment

    84% said shadow IT occurs in their organization, and 45% said it takes place in a majority of departments at their company.
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    59% of the IT pros and decision-makers surveyed said their organization is building its own software in-house to customize apps in order to suit its requirements.
 

If your IT employees feel like they're on a perpetual hamster wheel—working hard but not really moving forward—they're far from alone: Tech leaders and staffers spend the vast majority of their time "keeping the lights on" instead of innovating, according to a recent survey from Sungard Availability Services. The accompanying "Little Book of IT 2017" reports that modernization requirements are further limiting technology advancements in other areas. At the same time, IT budgets remain flat for a large number of core investment areas, such as the enterprise-wide integration of IT. It helps, however, that most survey respondents feel that the tech department plays an extremely influential role in business strategies. "New business models are driving requirements, while IT leaders leverage new approaches to IT service delivery and renovate legacy systems to prepare for the challenge at hand," according to the report. "The IT function is looking to build expertise in areas such as security, cloud and mobility, yet it's never been more vital to maintain a sharp focus on the everyday operations that define the traditional role of IT. … [There's also] the pain of transformation and modernization headaches. In this age of IT disruption—where digital technologies are transforming how, where and when business gets done—the speed at which we can embrace those technologies determines our ability to compete. Today, remaining relevant means picking up the pace of technology adoption and transformation." The findings cover a wide range of additional tech topics, including shadow IT and in-house software development, and we've included those here. A total of 1,350 global IT professionals and decision-makers took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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