IT Leaders Grapple with Optimization, Funding Challenges, & On- & Off-Premises Platform Decisions: IDG Survey

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TEMPE, Ariz., Nov. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nearly all IT executive survey respondents report that IT is crucial or very important to their business strategy, according to a new IDG Research Services survey commissioned by Datalink, a division of Insight Enterprises (Nasdaq:NSIT). However, a number of hurdles are hindering progress to meet the needs of the business. IT leaders report difficulties in freeing up funds to invest in IT innovations to advance the business. In addition, while IT optimization levels show some year-over-year improvement, work continues on the journey to transform technology, skills, and processes to meet business needs. Lastly, while respondents report leveraging a hybrid cloud strategy, assessing which workloads are best suited for on- and/or off-premises cloud platforms is challenging due to difficulties in determining security, data storage, and data access requirements, as well as defining a multi-site strategy.

The survey——polled senior IT leaders (70% were VP or C-Level IT executives; 30% were directors) from large enterprises regarding business and IT strategies, IT optimization opportunities and challenges, as well as cloud-related strategy and execution considerations.

Key findings:

Respondents report leveraging a hybrid cloud model, but faced some challenges:

“The stakes have never been higher for IT leaders to transform IT to advance the business,” said Shawn O’Grady, Senior VP and General Manager, Datalink. “This survey illustrates that IT optimization is not a quick fix. Transformations such as these span processes, skills, and technology and take time to successfully assess and execute. Business and IT executives need to be in lockstep to ensure IT helps advance the business.”

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Globe Newswire: 13:30 GMT Tuesday 14th November 2017

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