IT directors lack strategic view

Nearly half of IT directors feel they are failing to make sufficiently strategic purchasing decisions, research has shown.

Nearly half of IT directors feel they are failing to make sufficiently strategic purchasing decisions, research has shown.

A survey of 236 IT directors from across the public and private sectors found that 46% agreed their purchasing was not strategic enough, while 60% admitted they had “ended up with” equipment from several different vendors from various IT projects over the years.

Nearly four out of five IT directors thought systems simplification was the key to improved productivity, the study by analyst firm the Bathwick Group in conjunction with IBM, found. Two-thirds of the directors were in the middle of consolidation projects.

The research also showed that half the IT directors would accept slow run times for core IT systems during peaks in demand, with just 6% having systems in place that could adjust to changing demand levels. Only 35% of respondents had a documented business continuity strategy.

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