New Dell Global Study Shows Business and IT Decision Makers are Aligned on Key IT Trends
- Majority agree that compute-centric is the best approach to gain a flexible, scalable and open data center
Dell State of IT Trends 2016 global
In today’s data-driven economy, companies need IT that is agile, efficient, scalable and capable of responding to business applications in real time. According to the Dell State of IT Trends 2016 survey, 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).
Global decision makers, in companies of all sizes and in both developed and developing markets, are most closely aligned on the following IT trends:
· ITDMs (62 percent) and BDMs (51 percent) agree that cloud computing is the most important technology trend for their companies.
o 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 organization is considering adopting a software-defined data center (SDDC), is in the process of transitioning, or has already completed the transition to one.
o Global BDMs are more likely to say they are considering adopting SDDC, while global ITDMs are more likely to say they have already started the transition.
o Both groups agree the benefits of SDDC are flexibility, simplicity, efficiency and cost-savings, although ITDMs also place a greater value on increased scalability (57 percent) than BDMs (40 percent).
· By 2:1 margins, both ITDMs and BDMs say they will use more open data center technologies in the future.
· Eighty-six percent of ITDMs and 85 percent of BDMs agree that compute-centric is the best approach to gain a flexible, scalable and open data center.
In terms of technology spending for 2016, cloud is the main priority among both ITDMs (67 percent) and BDMs (59 percent). This is followed closely by data storage upgrades or purchase (54 percent and 48 percent, respectively).
Ice cream flavoring manufacturer Star Kay White must quickly adapt its operations to meet the changing requirements of its global food manufacturer clients. The company replaced its traditional infrastructure that used disparate IT with a centralized, virtualized and redundant solution based on Dell storage, networking, firewalls, services and desktops.
“To meet our clients’ requirements, we must continually fine-tune our operations, which requires the close collaboration of our business and IT leaders to support how we want to evolve our business,” said Mikko Peltoniemi, director of IT at Star Kay White. “Even after doubling sales in the past eight years, we are still just as nimble as we were when we were a smaller organization, and we can respond to customers’ just-in-time requests.”
The Dell-sponsored research was performed by PSB, which conducted 1,200 online interviews between April 15 and May 4, 2016, in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Japan, Brazil, India and China. The respondents consist of 700 ITDMs and 500 BDMs.
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