Cloud not yet getting through to CIOs

Over half of CIOs fail to see how cloud computing can save them money despite the reduction of capital expenditure being a fundamental tenet of the cloud proposition.

Over half of CIOs fail to see how cloud computing can save them money despite the reduction of capital expenditure being a fundamental tenet of the cloud proposition.

Research conducted by BT Global Services and Datamonitor showed that 53% of CIOS were yet to be convinced that clouds could be a financial benefit to their business, while 57% said they were not happy running applications and storing data outside their country.

BT claims this means cloud advocates and channels still have a lot of work to do to convince enterprise buyers that clouds are robust enough to support their demands.

The survey of 2,400 IT users and 270 CIOs, which was carried out in September across 13 countries, also unearthed further evidence that chronic under investment in IT during the recession is going to return to haunt the industry.

A quarter of those quizzed said budget cuts have harmed innovation, with slightly fewer claiming cuts had prevented them from winning new business.

BT Global Services CEO Hanif Lalani said the research provided a “snapshot into the current mind set of global CIOs and senior executives, and should act as a call to action on key issues”.

“In the current climate, CIOs face key decisions about how they approach the upturn, when it comes, to ensure they thrive. There is a growing consensus that innovation will be rewarded as we exit the recession,” Lalani added.

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