The future of IT is in a state of transition

A recent survey from EMC finds that IT’s role is changing greatly. While that’s certainly challenging, it may actually be a good thing in a lot of ways. 

This survey follows many others in showing that when it comes to decision-making with the cloud, IT’s no longer in the driver’s seat all of the time. That’s especially true when it comes to budgeting and procuring services.

Nearly half (48%) of respondents agreed that spending on technology such as cloud computing is no longer in IT’s control. Only one-in-five (19%) disagreed, with the remainder sitting on the fence.

And asked to predict the future of IT, many saw its role in the organization as a facilitator.

According to the survey, 71% of respondents said the future of IT is as an in-house provider of on-demand services.

Where they stand

The path these companies are on is clear: They’re moving toward the cloud. How they’re doing it:

  • virtualizing mission-critical apps (60%)
  • using a private cloud (36%)
  • using public service (31%), and
  • creating a hybrid cloud (27%).

There are some services that these companies aren’t happy to put in the cloud, though:

  • financial planning (39%)
  • human capital management (35%)
  • ERP (32%), and
  • any application at all (16%).

Since we already know IT isn’t necessarily the first thing business units think about when procuring or using cloud services, there could be some contentious debates about the cloud in your near future.

It may be necessary to draw lines in the sand: These may be services you just won’t trust in the cloud, minimum requirements for providers or clearer guidelines on the acquisition process are two ways you may be able to achieve a balance between security and convenience.

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