Collaboration key for cloud models to succeed; Oracle
Gulf state respondents said collaboration and the technology itself needs to be addressed to remain relevant
A report by Oracle concluded that if businesses are to make the most from cloud services and remain relevant in the digital era, they must collaborate more effectively.
The Oracle research report, ‘IaaS: building a business that innovates', found many organisations operate in a way that is counter to effective collaboration. The research looked at how companies in the EMEA are approaching cloud computing and the organisational issues impacting their ability to effect significant business change and innovation.
The report revealed that 72% of Gulf state respondents said lines of business and IT teams must collaborate for the enterprise cloud model to succeed. This was the highest of any market included in the study.
Plus, 35% said managing shadow IT (in which lines of business purchase technology unbeknownst to the IT department) is a significant barrier to adopting an integrated approach to the cloud. A further 39% revealed a lack of understanding by business departments of the need for integrated cloud resources is one of the current IT infrastructure challenges around cloud deployment.
As well as collaboration, respondent said that the technology itself also needs to be addressed. Oracle found the greatest areas of inefficiency in the current platform model being used by companies are the integration of used services, time to deployment and poor application integration. Are detrimental to effective and rapid innovation.
Pascal Giraud, senior director IaaS Foundation and Cloud Platform Oracle EMEA, said: "These issues can be blamed in part on infrastructure that has become too rigid, confused and complex. This has led to an unresponsive, disjointed organisation where opportunity and innovation fall down the cracks between lines of business and badly integrated systems.
"By moving to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), businesses can smooth over the cracks and create a truly collaborative organisation. It provides a common foundation for innovation and implementation, removing the limitations around resources and mitigating against silos."
Oracle surveyed 100 respondents from across the GCC including Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.