DCN June 2016 - Page 8

industry news Third of IT leaders not getting the support they need to execute cloud properly, new research finds Confusing, biased or incorrect advice from suppliers has resulted in failed or stalled cloud programmes in 28 per cent of organisations, according to new research from The Bunker. However, responsibility for this must rest with the CIO – who in light of these findings should review their due diligence when choosing partners to make sure that they are getting the full picture. The research, which surveyed IT leaders in 100 mid-market and large UK organisations, found that 70 per cent had experienced some level of failure, preventing them from achieving their business goals. Sixty-seven per cent have sought advice from external consultants and 61 per cent from their key suppliers. Phil Bindley, CTO at The Bunker, said, ‘Our research shows that most organisations are looking to external sources for guidance on how to design, deploy and integrate a range of services into a hybrid infrastructure. However, too often the confidence in these sources is misplaced. When you look at the significance of technology to business success and indeed growing regulatory demands on organisations from sources like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), this is a real weakness in strategy.’ Deploying a mixture of in-house and outsourced IT infrastructure using the cloud is seen as the ideal model for IT service delivery according to 55 per cent of respondents in the research, so it is inevitable that suppliers will form a key part of any future IT delivery strategy. Taking a hybrid approach to IT is the most effective way of getting the best return on investment, but only if it is done carefully, working with partners with the right skills and experience. Proper due diligence on accreditations including information security management (ISO 27001), business continuity management (ISO 22301) and payment security standards (PCI DSS v3.1), when appropriate, as well as seeing evidence of migration and integration experience are essential. 8 Wave of activity in key markets boosts colocation take-up in q1 The major European markets of Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris transacted a total of 19.4MW of IT power in Q1, well above the quarterly five year take-up average of 15.8MW. This takes the total take-up for the last two quarters to over 40MW, according to the latest data from CBRE. The buzz of activity in Q1 can in part be attributed to strong performances in London and especially Frankfurt, with the two markets seeing 14.2MW of IT power sold between them in the quarter. Continued demand from IT infrastructure firms as well as particularly strong performances from a handful of operators has ensured a solid start to the year. Mitul Patel, associate director, data centre solutions at CBRE, commented, ‘Q1 has given us a strong platform to build from and the key now is continued consistency across the major markets as the year goes on. There seems to be a buzz in the air which operators will clearly hope translates into physical transactions.’ SURVEY REVEALS A MORE CREATIVE, INFLUENTIAL CIO, BUT 65 PER CENT ARE HINDERED BY TECH SKILLS SHORTAGE More CIOs report directly to the CEO (34 per cent) than at any time in the past decade, rising 10 per cent over last year, according to the 2016 Harvey Nash/ KPMG CIO Survey. CIOs with a direct report to the CEO are also the happiest (87 per cent report job fulfilment). The findings highlight how CIO priorities continue to shift, revealing the CEO now focuses on IT projects that make money (almost two thirds, 63 per cent), compared to save money (37 per cent). However, the survey showed that despite being more creative and increasing their influence, CIOs say they still are being hindered by the greatest technology skills shortage since the Great Recession almost a decade ago. Almost two thirds (65 per cent) of CIOs say they believe a lack of talent will prevent their organisation from keeping up with the pace of change, a 10 per cent increase in just 12 months. ‘Whilst the Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey reveals the CIO is enjoying unprecedented influence, it also shows the role is being stretched in many directions,’ said Albert Ellis, CEO, Harvey Nash Group. ‘From grappling with an increasing cyber security threat, to working with the board on innovation and digital transformation, CIOs in 2016 are dealing with a more varied range of challenges than ever before, many of which are far, far away from traditional IT. Adaptability, influencing skills and an ability to keep a clear head in uncertain times are becoming increasingly important business skills for today’s CIO.’