The survey highlighted that 62 per cent say their IT development is constrained by their current infrastructure while even more struggle to find recruits with the necessary skills and know-how to get the most out of complex IT infrastructure and systems.
But despite the difficulties IT decision makers are facing, organisations are realising the benefits of the implementation of more agile operations.
This is shown by respondents embracing a more flexible working environment with more than a quarter of those surveyed having implemented local virtual desktops and 18 per cent desktop-as-a-service (DaaS). Yet, only 21 per cent is considering either VDI or DaaS in the near future.
Four out of ten interviewees say they are adopting software-defined networking (SDN) in their data center, while 16 per cent are implementing SDN on-premise. Yet many others are more cautious over SDN and there is an apparent lack of understanding to what SDN actually is and means for businesses.
Unsurprisingly, industry professionals are divided over the general advance of hybrid cloud strategies. Just under half agree with Gartner’s prediction that most businesses will soon be using hybrid cloud services. We are all talking about it but it is unclear as to whether we are ‘all in’ or ‘out’.
Understandably most senior IT professionals interviewed take a pragmatic approach to corporate IT and network purchasing, with more than four out of five admitting that they prefer to stick with one or a limited amount of suppliers.
However, these findings reinforce the view that IT professionals are struggling to get the most out of their IT infrastructure due to ineffective purchasing behavior. 73 per cent admit to searching for requirements and then using the cheapest option and 65 per cent admit to relying heavily on internet searches to provide them with the correct information and suppliers.
By Shané Schutte
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