IT Leaders Struggle to Maximize Benefits of New Technologies
More than half of IT professionals surveyed said it took longer than anticipated for the last significant new technology to start impacting business.While 93 percent of IT professionals surveyed said adopting significant new technologies is important, many cited barriers to successful adoption that have resulted in achieving mixed results, such as budget (77 percent) and shortage of personnel (49 percent), according to a new study from IT management software vendor SolarWinds. The annual IT Trends Report, which is based on a survey of 231 IT practitioners, managers and directors in the U.S. and Canada, found that nearly 50 percent of survey-takers said more resources, such as budget, personnel and time, ranked as their number one need to feel more empowered. More or better training and development (32 percent), greater IT department autonomy (29 percent), stronger CIO support when liaising with other business leaders (26 percent) and more or better strategic counsel and guidance from the CIO (24 percent) rounded out the list of IT's top five needs, the study found. "With the golden age of trusted on-site consultants over, businesses are looking increasingly to vendors to provide training and education beyond just their respective products," Patrick Hubbard, head geek and technical product marketing director at SolarWinds, told eWEEK. "Cisco and Microsoft have long dominated the certification game, but 'upstarts' like VMware now offer well-designed certifications for emerging technologies in which they have investment."
Hubbard also noted some forward-looking, IT-centered online communities have begun expanding their education and training content to support new open technologies that are increasingly important to IT, but not owned by any one vendor, citing technologies like Open Compute, SDN, Docker and Linux as a few good examples.