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Cloud computing, virtualisation top Gartner CIO survey

24 января 2011

Cloud computing and virtualisation are the top two technology priorities for CIOs in 2011, according to the results of a survey published on Friday by Gartner that revealed global IT budgets are likely to remain largely flat this year.

Networking, voice and data communications – traditionally the domain of telcos – ranks sixth in the research firm's study.

"New lighter-weight technologies – such as cloud computing, software as a service (SaaS), and social networks – and IT models enable the CIO to redefine IT, giving it a greater focus on growth and strategic impact," said a statement from Mark McDonald, group vice president and head of research for Gartner Executive Programs (EXP).

Indeed, Gartner's survey also found that CIOs expect Internet service-based technologies will allow them to divert more resources – up to 50% of their budgets – away from day-to-day operations and towards transforming their business strategies, which could prove significant in the wake of the recession.

"CIOs and IT have been boxed in between modest budget growth and growing legacy requirements," said McDonald.

Indeed, the survey found that CIOs' IT budgets for 2011 will remain largely flat, with an average increase of just 1%. In the EMEA region, the average IT budget is expected to decline by 0.4%.

It is these constrained budgets that will drive enterprise adoption of cloud services and virtualisation, McDonald said.

"These technologies were selected by CIOs the most often and are the top-two technologies for 2011, and are well-suited for this budget reality," he commented. "They offer similar service levels at lower budget costs."

According to the survey, just 3% of CIOs currently run the majority of their IT operations with cloud or SaaS-based technologies, but this is expected to rise to 43% over the next four years.

"CIOs expect dramatic changes in IT as they adopt new technologies and raise their contribution to competitive advantage," said McDonald.

Gartner's survey was conducted between September and December 2010, and included responses from more than 2,000 CIOs across 50 countries, representing over $160 billion in corporate and public-sector IT spending.

Источник: Total Telecom

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