Infrastructure Can't Keep Up With Business Needs

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-13-2015 Email

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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