Report finds that 44% of IT investments fail due to poor infrastructure.
CIOs tasked with implementing cloud, mobility or big data strategies will fail if they "jump in" without the right infrastructure, warned a network performance company.
A survey of more than 1,000 IT decision makers found that while firms are devoting a quarter of their IT budgets to adopting new technologies, 44% fail to meet performance expectations.
The research, conducted by Riverbed Technology, found there is a disconnect between the board and the CIO when it comes to how much investment is required in infrastructure to support new tech strategies.
Brent Lees, senior product manager at Riverbed, said: "If you jump straight in there and don’t think about the planning needed to support new technologies, it will fail.
"You need agility in your IT infrastructure, what you don’t want is to be constrained by it."
The report highlighted a number of companies of varying sizes that Riverbed says did it the correct way – 70% of them expect a return on investment (ROI) within two to three years, compared to 57% of the other companies.
Riverbed claimed they are doing better as a result of the fact that they focused on improving the supply chain (51% compared to 21%) and bettering collaboration (46% compared to 29%) before implementing cloud, big data or mobility.
Lees told CBR: "It’s quite striking. Their boards were all more open minded."