IT directors lack strategic direction

Almost half of IT directors admit that their approach to purchasing still isn’t strategic enough.

Almost half of IT directors admit that their approach to purchasing still isn’t strategic enough.

Research from The Bathwick Group and IBM shows little has changed over the years in the way IT is bought or implemented, despite IT directors having access to best practice.

Nearly four out of five of the 236 IT directors surveyed believe that simplifying IT is key to productivity, yet 60% of them admit they have “ended up” with kit from several different suppliers from projects over the years.

Harj Murria, infrastructure solutions marketing manager at IBM, says IT chiefs have got the message about streamlining their business processes, but they need help.

“[The research] speaks to the great need for the IT industry to provide adaptable infrastructure solutions that lay the foundation for efficient business process implementation and new functionality deployment,” says Murria.

This lack of efficiency is also displayed in the way companies manage peaks in demand. Only 6% of those surveyed have core systems that adjust up and down to demand fluctuations and 50% are prepared to accept a drop in system efficiency.

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