As we head into 2012, I find myself asking what's on the horizon for CIOs? The economic turbulence of the last 24 months has led to a period of careful planning and ensuring business stability.
According to the IT leaders I've spoken to recently, that focus on balancing the business to deliver potential growth, whilst maintaining flexibility, hasn't changed. However, they are telling me it's still important to find more cost-effective solutions that help drive down IT costs.
Our recent global survey of CIOs, IT directors and heads of IT, reflects this sentiment. Budgets are less restrictive than 18 months ago, but this is still a critical time for managing IT costs and efficiency. Important lessons have been learned in recent years about how to maximise budgets and IT performance.
These lessons have had a profound impact on attitudes toward IT outsourcing. Organisations across the globe continue to embrace technology as a means of delivering first-class IT support. Right now, European IT leaders tend to take a more cautious view of outsourcing compared to their North American counterparts.
However, despite this, our research indicates a positive attitude toward outsourcing IT is set to spread globally. Within the next five years, organisations in the UK are expecting to outsource their IT infrastructure more than their colleagues in Europe and the U.S. The vast majority of IT decision-makers forecast that within 10 years, their IT infrastructure will not be managed in-house.
IT leaders realise that cloud computing technology has a significant role to play either now or in the future within enterprise organisations. Eight out of 10 of the enterprises surveyed currently use cloud computing in their organisation and two-thirds of those users have adopted it during the last 12 months.
CIOs tell me they are rapidly adopting cloud services because it offers them access to scalable computing on demand, improved reliability, reduced total cost of ownership and economies of scale.
Take a look at the full report at http://savvis.itleadership.info.
Neil Cresswell is managing director, EMEA, at Savvis.