VMware: Shift in management of technology within EMEA organisation

According to a report produced by the company, roughly 68% of Middle East business leaders are seeing technology management move away from IT.

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VMware: Shift in management of technology within EMEA organisation Narain: "Deploying digital solutions alone is not enough. The Middle East C-suite needs to lead change management to bring together the IT team and lines of business to deliver digital success together."
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  December 14, 2016

VMware, a global provider of cloud infrastructure and business mobility technologies, has unveiled research findings that highlight a major shift with the management of technology within EMEA organisations.

Findings from the research showed that 68% of Middle East business leaders believe the management of technology is moving away from IT to other departments. This is leading to lines of business taking the lead on the implementation of technology within the organisation.

Deepak Narain, regional presales manager of MENA, VMware, shared: "Middle East organisations are punching above the EMEA region's average in decentralising IT, to deliver business benefits for customers and employees."

He added: "Middle East digital transformation is vital for enhancing the competitiveness of every Middle East organisation's lines of business in the Internet of Things era and Digital Economy. However, deploying digital solutions alone is not enough. The Middle East C-suite needs to lead change management to bring together the IT team and lines of business to deliver digital success together."

The research, which was conducted by Vanson Bourne and compiled with responses from over 1,200 IT decision makers and heads of lines of business, also found that the decentralisation of IT was delivering benefits to the business.

Roughly 66% of the respondents shared an increased speed in delivering new products and services, while 64% also reported an increased responsiveness from the market.

Despite the benefits however, the change has also brought about new challenges. This include duplication of spend on IT services, reported by 62% of respondents, as well as the purchase of unsecure solutions, which was an issue shared by 52% of respondents.

Joe Baguley, vice president & CTO, EMEA, VMware, commented: "The rise of the cloud has democratised IT, with its ease of access and attractive costing models, so it's no surprise that lines of business have jumped on this opportunity.

"Too often, however, we're seeing this trend left unchecked and without adequate IT governance, meaning that organisations across EMEA are driving up costs, compromising security and muddying the waters as to who does what, as they look to evolve."

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