Network Communications News (NCN) September 2016 - Page 6

INDUSTRY NEWS IT decision makers suggest skills shortage is delaying the adoption of new tech trends A new analysis of technology trends has revealed a lack of skills and understanding could be holding back the implementation of new technological trends, including the Internet of Things and Big Data. Trends vs Technologies, a research report from Capita Technology Solutions in partnership with Cisco, includes a survey of IT professionals across multiple industries within the commercial sector. It reveals a strong disconnect between nine key trends and the ability of businesses to implement the technology to realise those trends. Among the key findings is a disconnect between the apparent relevance of a trend compared with the number of decision makers who say their industry has the skills to implement it. For example, while 70 per cent of IT decision makers said the Internet of Things (IoT) was relevant to their business, almost three quarters (71 per cent) said they did not have the skills to identify the opportunities for growth offered by IoT, while 80 per cent said they did not have the skills to capitalise on the data received from IoT. Just 30 per cent said it was being implemented. Similarly, nine in 10 businesses (90 per cent) said Big Data was relevant to their business, but it was being implemented in fewer than four in 10 businesses (39 per cent) and 64 per cent did not have the skills to recognise how they could use Big Data within their business. The report identified several key barriers to implementation of IoT, the most prevalent being the perceived risk of security breaches, issues surrounding data governance and overcoming problems created by adapting legacy IT systems. Legacy IT infrastructure was the top barrier to the implementation of Big Data, along with data governance issues and cost. Adam Jarvis, managing director, Capita Technology Solutions, said, ‘It’s clear that there are several important, technology led trends which have the capacity to transform the way business is done. Whilst it is encouraging that levels of awareness around the strategic benefits of those trends are high, these results suggest more needs to be done to support businesses and help them close what is a substantial skills gap.’ Company data more important to IT decision makers than personal photos, holidays or wedding rings An independent international survey commissioned by Arcserve has revealed that IT decision makers are more concerned about having access to their corporate data than losing personal photos, their wedding rings or holiday entitlement. The survey, carried out by Vanson Bourne, asked five hundred IT decision makers in France, Germany, the UK and the US to rank 24/7 access to business critical data, one month of holiday entitlement, personal photos and their wedding rings in order of importance. Thirty-eight per cent of all respondents said that ensuring they can access company data at all times is their highest priority, followed by their wedding rings (24 per cent), holiday entitlement (19 per cent) and personal photos (18 per cent). The survey also revealed major differences between the individual countries. Nearly a third of UK based IT decision makers (31 per cent) put personal photos in the number one spot, followed by corporate data (28 per cent) and their wedding rings (26 per cent). Only 15 per cent consider their holiday entitlement to be more important than the other options. In the US, the highest priority for IT decision makers is their wedding rings at 31 per cent. Like in the UK, corporate data comes second at 29 per cent, followed by holiday entitlement (22 per cent) and personal photos (19 per cent). The results from continental Europe paint a different picture. In both France and Germany, over half of the respondents (52 and 55 per cent respectively) said that making sure their corporate data was always available and accessible was more important than their wedding rings, personal photos or holiday entitlement. Pat Clarke, vice president, sales, EMEA/APAC at Arcserve, said, ‘This survey demonstrates the importance of corporate data to today’s IT decision makers and ensuring that information is permanently available. Especially in France and Germany, IT professionals seem to be under severe pressure with over half of those surveyed indicating that data availability is their number one priority. While these results may simply be a reflection of natural cultural differences, they could also be an indication of actual gaps in the market place offering the industry vendors growth opportunities.’ Cloud data security still a challenge for many companies Despite the continued importance of cloud computing resources to organisations, companies are not adopting appropriate governance and security measures to protect sensitive data in the cloud. These are just a few findings from a Ponemon Institute study titled ‘The 2016 Global Cloud Data Security Study,’ commissioned by Gemalto. The study surveyed more than 3,400 IT and IT security practitioners worldwide to gain a better understanding of key trends in data governance and security practices for cloud based services. According to 73 per cent of respondents, cloud based services and platforms are considered important to their organisation’s operations and 81 per cent said they will be more so over the next two years. In fact, 36 per cent of respondents said their companies’ total IT and data processing needs were met using cloud resources today and that they expected this to increase to 45 per cent over the next two years. Although cloud based resources are becoming more important to companies’ IT operations and business strategies, 54 per cent of respondents did not agree their companies have a proactive approach to managing security and complying with privacy and data protection regulations in cloud environments. This is despite the fact that 65 per cent of respondents said their organisations are committed to protecting confidential or sensitive information in the cloud. Furthermore, 56 per cent did not agree their organisation is careful about sharing sensitive information in the cloud with third parties such as business partners, contractors and vendors. ‘Cloud security continues to be a challenge for companies, especially in dealing with the complexity of privacy and data protection regulations,’ said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder, Ponemon Institute. ‘To ensure compliance, it is important for companies to consider deploying such technologies as encryption, tokenisation or other cryptographic solutions to secure sensitive data transferred and stored in the cloud.’ 6 I NDUST RY NEW S IT decision makers suggest skills shortage is delaying the adoption of new tech trends A new analysis of technology trends has revealed a lack of skills and understanding could be holding back the implementation of new technological trends, including the Internet of Things and Big Data. Trends vs Technologies, a research report from Capita Technology Solutions in partnership with Cisco, includes a survey of IT professionals across multiple industries within the commercial sector. It reveals a strong disconnect between nine key trends and the ability of businesses to implement the technology to realise those trends. Among the key findings is a disconnect between the apparent relevance of a trend compared with the number of decision makers who say their industry has the skills to implement it. For example, while 70 per cent of IT decision makers said the Internet of Things (IoT) was relevant to their business, almost three quarters (71 per cent) said they did not have the skills to identify the opportunities for growth offered by IoT, while 80 per cent said they did not have the skills to capitalise on the data received from IoT. 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