Infrastructure Can't Keep Up With Business Needs

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-13-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    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.
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    Flying Blind

    Just 22% said their organization has a well-defined enterprise IT infrastructure strategy and road map.
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    Business 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%
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    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.
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    Only 13% of them said they're successful in developing and maintaining the skills and capabilities needed to meet changing IT infrastructure requirements.
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    Top 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%
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    Incomplete Assessment

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

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

The vast majority of CIOs and other tech leaders said their companies recognize how much IT infrastructure contributes to competitive advantage and ROI, according to a recent survey from IBM. However, the accompanying report, titled "Continuing the IT Infrastructure Conversation: Why Building a Strong Foundation Requires More Than Technology," reveals that very few of the respondents said their organization has come up with an effective IT infrastructure strategy. As a result, tech resources fail to keep up with business requirements, manage upgrade cycles or provide the necessary storage capabilities, among other issues. Given this, it should come as no surprise that many non-tech execs are getting involved in decisions affecting devices, cloud computing, cyber-security and other IT functions. "Today's IT leaders are responsible for more than overseeing technology breakthroughs, [as] they are also integral to advising chief executives about the organization's business strategy," says Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of the IBM Systems and Technology Group, as well as the IBM Integrated Supply Chain. "With customer experience as a key competitive advantage, never before has the combination and integration of back-office and front-office strategies been more critical." A total of 750 global CIOs, CTOs and other senior tech execs took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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