EMC has released the findings of a global IT business decision-maker survey which gauged the global sentiment about IT’s evolving role in organisations today.
The survey revealed that there is a global increase in the adoption of cloud computing and that the majority of respondents cited hybrid cloud as the preferred option due to its greater agility and security.
Many respondents believe that IT is a business enabler, however, there are concerns over spending, as many believe that it is moving outside of IT’s control.
The pressure to help support business growth and to act as an in-house broker of on-demand services, combined with a widening IT skills gap, is considered to be driving IT professionals to pursue hybrid cloud.
Despite 71% of respondents favouring a strategy for IT to serve as an in-house broker of on-demand services, there is a lack of confidence in IT’s own ability to help drive business growth.
Other challenges and drivers for adoption include 35% believing that their organisation doesn’t have the right level of skills and knowledge to achieve key business priorities. In line with this, 69% believe that training IT staff to keep pace with the implications of megatrends such as cloud, Big data and others, will be a challenge for their organisation over the next couple of years.
These factors have helped to increase the importance of Hybrid Cloud & Automation; hybrid cloud adoption has increased by 9% since 2013 and now has a 27% uptake across the globe, EMEA has the highest adoption with 28%, Latin America 24% and Asia Pacific and Japan having 24%.
The majority of respondents (74%) believe that automation in their infrastructure is imperative to business growth and 64% expressed a need for hybrid cloud due to the agility and security it provides.
Jeremy Burton, President, Products and Marketing, EMC Corporation, said: "Enterprise IT continues to be under massive pressure to improve quality of service while reducing cost. As a result, companies are moving toward more advanced levels of IT infrastructure driven by innovation such as hybrid cloud. We expect this uptake to continue in 2015 as companies look for agile, simple, and secure services."
Despite the movement of organisations to be increasingly online, only 16% of respondents would be willing to host any application on a public cloud. The apps that they would be most unwilling to put on the public cloud would be, financial planning 39%, human capital management 35% and ERP 32%.
Developed markets are leading the charge for cloud adoption while emerging markets appear to have more fear around cloud adoption. However, emerging markets are more positive about the IT department and hybrid cloud, 79% said that they expect a competitive advantage from megatrends. Although the difference between developed and emerging is quite small as 75% of developed countries feel the same way.
The same can be said for combining public and private cloud as a means to improve security and agility; 67% in emerging believe this versus 60% in developed.
Josh Kahn, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions, EMC Corporation, said: "This survey shows that I.T. decisions makers around the globe are adopting a common vision for the future of I.T. First, the vast majority believe technology will create a competitive advantage as more and more business moves online."
"Second, there is a conviction that I.T. must become an in-house provider of on-demand services to truly enable the business. And finally, that the best way to improve agility and security is to combine public and private clouds in IT service offerings."
The survey collected data from emailed questions and received 10,451 responses from 33 regions across APJ, EMEA and the Americas. The respondents are IT business decision-makers.