The Fallacy of IT Consumerization

By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 11-26-2013 Email

global survey of 1,600 business and IT decision-makers conducted by Loudhouse Consultancy on behalf of Alfresco, a provider of open source enterprise content management (ECM) software, finds that when it comes to collaboration, internal IT may still know best. Despite all the hype surrounding the consumerization of IT in the age of cloud computing, the Alfresco research indicates that both business decision-makers and the internal IT organization would rather see internal IT delivering these services. But the survey also finds that the main challenge facing IT, in terms of delivering these capabilities, is where anything that pertains to collaboration ranks in the overall list of IT priorities. And while there is no single issue preventing IT organizations from delivering these services, the survey makes it plain that a combination of issues, which that include everything from security to increased IT complexity, are troublesome for IT. The good news is business decision-makers understand both the value of collaboration and the reasons why it should be delivered by internal IT. But whether they are going to be able allocate the budget to make that occur may be an entirely different story.

Mike Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWeek, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.


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