UK IT departments will upgrade to deliver better results


UK IT departments will upgrade to deliver better results

UK IT departments will likely be spending the first part of 2007 upgrading their IT networks in a bid to deliver better business results, according to a survey of over 300 senior IT managers.

The survey, commissioned by value-added distributor of converged solutions Zycko and carried out by Vanson Bourne, discovered that 60% of respondents intend to upgrade their networks in the New Year in a bid to boost network performance. Data management, such as securing increasing data volumes, also continues to plague IT managers, with 39% admitting that it is a major headache.

There is a high level of dissatisfaction with existing network systems: only half of the CIOs questioned claimed to be happy with their suppliers, so upgrading networks to improve performance is the logical decision. Furthermore, of those questioned, 40% admitted that being locked into proprietary systems with expensive licensing upgrades was their heaviest grievance.

The CIOs and IT directors also revealed that network performance was also a major headache, with nearly three in five admitting that they worry regularly about network performance issues, revealed as a contributory factor behind their desire to upgrade. In the financial services industry, 71% of respondents claimed that maintaining network performance for end users is their primary networking headache.

David Galton-Fenzi, group sales director at Zycko, comments that internet downtime is not acceptable and that the onus is firmly on CIOs to make sure it never happens. Business users expect 100% performance from their IT networks and the pressure to deliver new technologies, such as VoIP or videoconferencing services is intense, he adds.

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