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Business and IT leaders have same levels of understanding of IT trends

Anuradha Shukla | Aug. 3, 2016
Understanding much closer than they are generally perceived to be, according to Dell study.

Business decision makers' (BDMs) and IT decision makers' (ITDMs) understanding of current IT trends are much closer than they are generally perceived to be, according to a new study by Dell.

This is a new development as in the past, business and IT leaders had different levels of understanding of IT trends and technologies.

The advent of new technologies in the market have made a difference to this equation leading to the evolution of business and IT leaders' perceptions of technology.

As a result of better understanding of IT trends between the two groups, IT and business leadership are better collaborating and having in-depth conversations about how technology works and how it can propel the business forward.

"There is a lingering misperception that business leaders are disconnected during strategic IT discussions, but times have changed," said Matt Baker, executive director, Enterprise Strategy, Dell. "This study reveals that there is an increasingly common understanding between business and IT decision makers on the key IT trends and the growth opportunities that IT can deliver."

Increasing business productivity

Increasing business productivity is the main IT consideration for both ITDMs (81 percent) and BDMs (77 percent), followed by growing the business (71 percent and 69 percent respectively).

Sixty-two percent ITDMs and 51 percent BDMs agree that cloud computing is the most important technology trend for their companies.

The ability to burst to public cloud as needed is important to both ITDMs (83 percent) and BDMs (74 percent).

Eighty eight percent of ITDMs and 80 percent of BDMs say their organisation is considering adopting a software-defined data center (SDDC), is in the process of transitioning, or has already completed the transition to one.

"Organisations across Asia Pacific are being exposed to the digital tsunami and a common understanding between business and IT decision makers is imperative as they embark on a transformation journey, said Amit Midha, president, Asia Pacific and Japan at Dell and chairman, Global Emerging Markets. "This alignment would drive the adoption success of digital technologies such as Cloud that create a differentiation for organisations in the market to better engage with their customers."


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