IBM IBV Study: Why Infrastructure Matters

For several years, the has conducted of both and to determine their strategic goals and priorities and the role that technology will play in organizational growth. In a 2013 CEO — for the first time — technology rose to the top of the list as the biggest business influencer. This outcome prompted the IBV to launch an additional “ to assess the importance of IT infrastructure on overall business.

IBM’s goal was to determine how important infrastructure (defined as systems, storage and networks) is to new workloads – and what role infrastructure plays in helping to reduce IT complexity. Survey participants included 750 global IT executives with 32% being Chief Technology Officers (), 30% Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and the remainder Senior IT Management.

At a high level, the study revealed that 7 of 10 IT of respondents believe that infrastructure enables business strategy and results – and also helps drive business growth. However survey results also indicated that fewer than 10% of the organizations studied believe that their infrastructures are fully prepared to handle mobile, social, big data, analytics and cloud trends.

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