IT leaders reveal biggest challenges and most useful technologies

research

IT leaders reveal biggest challenges and most useful technologies

Karl Flinders

Virtualisation has been highlighted as the technology that delivers the most positive results for businesses as IT heads meet the challenge of doing the same for less.

Research of 100 CIOs at firms with more than 1,000 employees, carried out by IT services firm BT Engage IT, found that virtualisation technology has had the biggest positive effect on businesses in 2012, with 42% of respondents claiming so. This compares with 39% last year, when virtualisation was also seen as being the technology that delivered the best results.

Graph.jpg

The second biggest positive technology was cloud storage for 14% of respondents, down from 21% last year.

The research also revealed that the ability to deliver the same level of IT service for less was seen as the biggest challenge for 27% of respondents, compared with 21% last year, when it was considered the second biggest challenge behind upgrade programmes.

The full research findings are shown in the tables below.

Which technology/development has had the biggest positive effect on your business in the past year?

Technology

2012

2011

Position 2012 (2011)

Virtualisation

42%

39%

1 (1) =

Cloud-based storage

14%

21%

2 (2) =

Mobile

13%

13%

3 (3) =

Tablets

11%

4%

4 (6) +

Cloud-based apps

10%

10%

5 (4) -

New operating systems

5%

6%

6 (5) -

Use of consumer devices

3%

3%

7 (7) =

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

2%

N/E

8 (N/E)

Other

0%

4%

9 (8)

Source: BT Engage IT

What has been your biggest challenge in the first half 2012?

Challenge

2012

2011

Position 2012 (2011)

Delivering same level of services for less

27%

21%

1 (2) +

Upgrade programmes (network, software, hardware)

19%

26%

2 (1) -

Increased demands from the management team

13%

13%

3 (3) =

Security threats

12%

11%

4 (5) +

Management of expectations of the board

9%

5%

5 (6) +

Management of staff

8%

12%

6 (4) -

Employees using/wanting to use their own devices

3%

4%

7 (8) +

Meeting the storage needs of the company

3%

0

8 (10) +

Providing support services

3%

1%

9 (9) =

Understanding new technologies

2%

N/E

10 (N/E)

Imminent sale of company stopping long term projects

1%

4%

11(7)

Source: BT Engage IT


Email Alerts

Register now to receive ComputerWeekly.com IT-related news, guides and more, delivered to your inbox.
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
 

COMMENTS powered by Disqus  //  Commenting policy