Change is the ‘new normal’: Industry report reveals IT priorities in a post-XP world

  • Independent survey of 250 IT Decision Makers from large companies detects widespread angst over the accelerating pace of change in IT
  • In the wake of XP migration, the majority of IT decision makers recognise that they need to adapt to respond to change in a faster, more agile way
London, UK – 8th April 2014  – Today a new report from rationalisation experts Camwood reveals that, in the wake of recent XP migrations, and with the accelerating pace of change in the IT department, IT Directors and Managers now see near constant change and migration projects as the new norm in the near future: Coping with this change has now become a primary concern for IT departments. Camwood’s report, ‘After the big XP migration: What now?’, (the successor to 2013’s ‘The end of XP – one year to go’), polled 250 IT Decision Markers (ITDMs) from UK enterprises with over 2,000 employees. According to this report 90% of IT Decision Makers believe that the pace of change in IT is accelerating, and that this presents a significant challenge. 72% find the pace of change in IT ‘unsettling’. 93% also agree that, in the new IT environment, a flexible IT infrastructure is key to their organisation’s success, with 79% believing that IT departments that don’t adapt risk demise. When asked what types of projects were driving this need for business agility, 65% cite big data projects, 50% mention cloud services, 44% compliance-related projects and 41% BYOD. In terms of how ITDMs perceived that users would drive change, 51% cited the desire for remote working as a major driver, 43% a desire for productivity gains, and 24% the desire amongst users for consumer-like environments. Over half of UK ITDMs perceive that the IT department will follow a centralised shared services approach within the next three years, with 17% envisioning a decentralised function with each business unit supporting its own IT function. Perhaps most interestingly, 69% of IT decision makers believe that the role of the CIO may fundamentally change or be eradicated in favour of a different kind of role in the next five years. “The death knell of Windows XP probably marks the last great ‘monolithic’ migration event,” Commented Adrian Foxall, CEO of Camwood. “The near future, as most ITDMs recognise, is basically going to be an accelerated version of what we’ve seen in the last couple of years. The new norm will be constant, successive change, due to ever-closer OS releases, and rapidly changing IT strategies and delivery methods. IT departments must be quick to react to this brave new world. Those who fail will rapidly fall by the wayside.” Camwood’s has made its whitepaper available to download for free here. About research: On 6-14th February 2013, Vision Critical conducted an online survey among 250 randomly selected British IT decision makers in companies of over 2,000 employees. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

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