More than a third of Euro IT pros worry about keeping server lights on

IT shifts from a back office to core of operations, says survey

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Half of senior IT bods across Europe agree that their departments are struggling to cope with new tech while keeping core gear running, according a recent survey.

IT is being set up to fail because it has to serve competing demands without enough resources to effectively support the organisation...

The wave of "innovation" and ever-growing pile of largely similar buzzword-driven products on the market has meant that IT departments are struggling to figure out what they actually want to do and the kit they need to do it, according to a report by Insight Enterprises.

The hybrid cloud firm quizzed (PDF) a random sample of over 1,000 IT pros across Europe from nine unnamed countries and turned up this particular point among a host of other interesting snippets:

  • Just 40 per cent were "very" worried about "keeping IT equipment well maintained",
  • a third (34 per cent) shared the same level of fear about "implementing cloud solutions",
  • the same percentage saw "talent retention and attraction" as something that turns their hair grey.

Data privacy, on the other hand, exercises more than half (57 per cent) of the respondents, suggesting that the European General Data Protection Regulation, and its hefty penalties for non-compliance, are having the desired effect.

Half the respondents said their IT budgets had stagnated between 2017 and today, while 57 per cent again "believe IT is being set up to fail because it has to serve competing demands without enough resources to effectively support the organisation".

Areas where more cash should be spent by employers were topped by "security", especially among medium and large businesses, while a fifth of small businesses felt their tech budgets were doing just fine without spending more in certain areas, thank you very much.

Around half those surveyed also said they outsourced ("adopted managed services") parts of their IT estate to "improve our overall IT governance", with 42 per cent of the total saying they did this because they wanted to free up overloaded techies so they could instead help their businesses grow. ®




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