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Enterprise IT, business leaders get it: Dell report
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Enterprise IT, business leaders get it: Dell report 

“In the past, business and IT leaders had different levels of understanding of IT trends and technologies,” the latest Dell State of IT Trends report said. “However, over time, business and IT leaders’ perceptions of technology have evolved and more closely aligned as new technologies have entered the market and become increasingly critical drivers of an organization’s success.”

The Dell-sponsored research performed by market research firm PSB involved 1,200 online interviews between April 15 and May 4, 2016, in the United State, The United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Brazil, India, and China. The respondents consist of 700 IT decision makers (ITDMs) and 500 business decision makers (BDMs). The respondents were queried on things such as what they thought were the most important IT trends, their organizations’ technology purchases, and implementation plans.

Researchers found that both corporate IT and business leaders are collaborating more and having “in-depth conversations” not only about technology but how it can be used to move the business forward.

The results indicate that IT and business leadership are better collaborating and having in-depth conversations about not only how technology works but how it can propel the business forward.

According to the Dell State of IT Trends 2016 survey, increasing business productivity is the main IT consideration for both ITDMs (81 per cent) and BDMs (77 per cent), followed by growing the business (71 per cent and 69 per cent, respectively).

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The survey also found that in companies of all sizes, in both developed and developing markets, decision makers tend to be better aligned:

  • ITDMs (62 per cent) and BDMs (51 per cent) 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 per cent) and BDMs (74 per cent)
  • Eighty-eight per cent of ITDMs and 80 per cent of BDMs say their organization is considering adopting a software-defined data centre (SDDC), is in the process of transitioning, or has already completed the transition to one
  • 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.
  • 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 per cent) than BDMs (40 per cent).
  • By 2:1 margins, both ITDMs, and BDMs say they will use more open data centre technologies in the future.
  • Eighty-six per cent of ITDMs and 85 per cent of BDMs agree that compute-centric is the best approach to gain a flexible, scalable and open data centre.

The study also found that ITDMs and BDMs favour hybrid cloud platforms, a compute-centric, and a software-defined data centre. This happens to be a vision that Dell is currently pushing.

•      Eight out of 10 respondents agree that a compute-centric approach to data centre solution development is key in driving innovation.

•       More than eight in 10 of those surveyed agree that integrating hyper-converged solutions is the first step in achieving a software-defined data centre.

•       Decision makers globally say an SDDC is the most important enabler of a digital transformation, more than any other factor asked.

•       A hybrid cloud platform is seen as the best place for SDDCs to reside in the future

•       Nearly nine in 10 global decision makers agree that open technology best supports data centre trends toward application and data portability and broad data centre-wide process management, compared to proprietary vendor hardware or solutions.

•       The ability to address issues quickly is the top global concern for all respondents when it comes to managing the data centre management.

“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.”

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