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Companies Unprepared for Data, Cloud Challenges

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-23-2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    71% of survey respondents say IT infrastructure plays an important role in enabling competitive advantage or optimizing revenue and profit.
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    Spending Spree

    62% expect to increase IT infrastructure investment within the next 18 months, and more than one in 10 plan to do so by more than 10%.
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    Stale Routine

    Only 4% feel that IT is strictly a necessary tool to perform day-to-day business and doesn't differentiate IT's role.
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    Ill-Prepared: Social Misfit

    Just 9% say their existing IT infrastructure is "fully" prepared to address the increasing popularity of social media and collaborative platforms.
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    Ill-Prepared: Stormy Situation

    Only 7% feel their existing IT infrastructure is fully prepared to respond to cloud computing demands.
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    Ill-Prepared: Grounded

    A mere 4% say their existing IT infrastructure is fully prepared to deal with the proliferation of users' mobile, smart devices.
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    Ill-Prepared: Big Problem

    None of the survey respondents could say that their existing IT infrastructure was fully prepared to integrate, leverage and analyze the increasing quantity of big data.
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    40% feel that non-IT business functions will be involved in making infrastructure decisions on needs such as devices, security and cloud computing.
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    Just 30% believe that they are effectively collaborating with business to provide IT infrastructure solutions.
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    Top Security Threats

    Rogue admins and privileged insiders: 48%, Social media activities: 41%, Back-doors or hidden functions inserted by firmware, middleware, toolkits and other products from the supply chain: 38%, Malware insertion or latent product vulnerabilities: 38%, Advanced persistent threats: 36%
 

While companies talk the talk on big data analytics, mobile, social media and the cloud, few are actually ready to respond to these challenges, according to a new survey from IBM. The accompanying report, titled "The IT Infrastructure Conversation: New Content, New Participants, New Tone," indicates that senior tech executives recognize IT's role as a business and revenue driver. And most plan to increase their infrastructure investments. However, only a small number of IT departments are working in tandem with line-of-business leaders to tackle tech infrastructure challenges. But those departments are best positioning their organizations for long-term success. "These companies are developing strategies to address the entirety of their IT infrastructure and measuring the performance of their operations," according to the IBM report. "They are also supporting cross-functional teams that work [throughout] traditional infrastructure silos … These visionary companies represent more than simply good practices: They are more likely to outperform their peers [on] several business outcomes." A total of 750 global senior IT executives participated in the research. For more about the survey, click here

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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