Cisco: IT Visibility Into Biz Like a 'Foggy Day in London'

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2013-05-10 Print this article Print

Twenty-six percent, when asked how they knew the IT department was doing a good job, said that no one every calls them. Another 23 percent said they knew by the fact that they sleep at home rather than in the office.

Almost a third of IT managers compared their visibility into their company's business initiatives to "a foggy day in London." Thirty-six percent said the IT department was viewed by business leaders as an "innovator," while 34 percent said "orchestrator." However, 15 percent chose "firefighter," 7 percent said "ghost" and another 7 percent said "fortune teller."

In addition, 71 percent said the IT department is deploying more applications now than a year ago, but 41 percent said the networks aren't ready for BYOD, while 38 percent said it wasn't ready to move applications to the cloud.

Budgetary issues were considered the biggest hurdle to deploying new applications, according to the survey. Thirty-four percent of IT managers said they didn't have a big enough budget, and 18 percent said they "would rather break out of prison or train for a triathlon than ask for additional budget."

Other challenges were network limitations, cloud infrastructure and data center readiness, and a lack of staff.

Regarding new technologies, 71 percent of respondents said they plan to deploy SDN technology this year for such reasons as creating a more programmable network and to reduce costs. However, 34 percent said they have seen an actual SDN deployment as often as they've seen Elvis, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster.

In addition, 48 percent said they believe the Internet of Things—the idea that almost everything, from computing and mobile devices to appliances, automobiles and smart TVs, is increasingly being connected to the Internet—will create new business opportunities. Cisco and other tech vendors are strong proponents of the Internet of Things. However, 42 percent said they were as familiar with the Internet of Things—"somewhat familiar"—as they were with Einstein's theory of relativity.


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