The evolution of cloud computing has had a major impact not only on how businesses operate, but how top executives perform their jobs. A recent survey conducted by Brocade found that roughly half of CIOs polled believe the movement toward more cloud-based deployments will mean they will not spend as much time maintaining IT infrastructures themselves.
However, the adoption of hosted environments will still involve some challenges. The survey found that 75 percent of CIOs believe their organizations’ service level agreements (SLAs) will not support their minimum IT requirements, while more than half of respondents said growing data volumes and bandwidth levels will be hard to manage. As a result, firms may experience increased downtime and lost productivity.
Although some prospective users believe cloud computing is managed primarily by the IT department, Brocade found that this is not always the case. More than a third of CIOs said their businesses have deployed hosted environments without IT’s input. Another two thirds predicted that they will be even more involved in the cloud-purchasing process by 2020.
“The CIO will remain strategic to the business, but will assume a myriad of new responsibilities as network usage evolves in the coming years,” noted Brocade Vice President Alberto Soto. “CIOs need to therefore work closely with infrastructure partners to identify the best tools to help their businesses flourish.”
CIOs encouraged to go digital
Cloud computing is one of what market research firm Gartner touts as digital technologies, with the others being big data, analytics, mobile and social solutions. Looking ahead, firms must figure a way to incorporate these options into their operations to ensure future success. However, some CIOs are still resisting them, which Gartner Fellow and Group Vice President Mark McDonald said could be a mistake down the road.
McDonald explained that CIOs must embrace digital technologies if they want to experience positive results. Of the CIOs polled by Gartner, approximately half believe the role of IT will change in the next three years.
“CIOs require a new agenda that incorporates hunting for new digital innovations and opportunities, and harvesting value from products, services and operations,” McDonald said.
Cloud computing may be still a new technology to some businesses, but it is clear that companies that want to set themselves up for success in the future should strongly consider the advantages of cloud-based environments.