VMware: Seven-month gap between business demands and IT delivery

UAE study reveals that misalignment within businesses is hampering innovation, productivity and competitive edge

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VMware: Seven-month gap between business demands and IT delivery VMware's Tayan (right) says the study reveals that the pressure IT departments face in the mobile cloud era cannot be underplayed.
By  Manda Banda Published  June 10, 2014

Cloud and virtualisation solutions vendor VMware Inc, has announced new research findings that show that 60% of IT decision makers in the UAE believe an average time lapse of seven months exists between what the business wants and when IT can deliver it.

This misalignment, said VMware between business and IT carries significant ramifications for the performance, competitiveness and growth prospects of organisations.

The findings from the survey showed that 41% of respondents felt the implications of the gap reduced the likelihood of a company's growth by revenue, while 38% of those polled felt the gap reduced prospects of innovation across all departments in an organisation, with 34% of respondents citing the risk of data theft or loss to the gap between business demands and IT delivery in the UAE.

As companies in the Emirates grapple with the new era of IT, this gap can add to the growing pressure IT is under, stated VMware.

The research, conducted by Vanson Bourne and commissioned by VMware, revealed that 77% of IT decision makers in the UAE feel their department is under pressure from the CEO, CTO or board to modernise IT in the next 12 months. Beyond the ongoing challenge of moving infrastructure to the cloud (46%), these departments specifically have been tasked with implementing hybrid cloud (43%), and increasing the mobility of the workforce (41%).

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