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Public Cloud a first choice for minority of projects: Gartner CIO survey

Brian Karlovsky | March 11, 2015
Public Cloud is a only first choice for a minority of projects as many chief information officers cling to existing infrastructure, claims Gartner Research.

CIOs will need to better manage unstructured data so that it can be exploited by the business and look for additional and/or new data sources specific to the project and begin mining them.

CIOs must also refocus on analytics for their own teams where new metrics will be needed to drive the business forward. However, infrastructure and operations teams need to prepare today to deploy post-nexus technologies, which are already on enterprise radar. "The Nexus of Forces (mobile, social, cloud and information) is not on the horizon; it is here," according to Gartner.

The survey findings underline the fact that CIOs are beginning to think about — and even actively pursue — post-nexus technologies.

These technologies include the Internet of Things (IoT), thinking machines, augmented human, 3D printing and robotics. If they haven't already, I and O leaders must ready themselves and their organisations for a culture of experimentation, innovation and deployment of post-nexus technologies. There is, however, an obstacle to post-nexus technologies.

CIOs, on average, are stuck thinking about now, rather than the future, with 84 per cent of CIOs surveyed focused on the near term of three years or sooner. New digital business initiatives will require IT talent, leadership and integration skills.

Infrastructure and operations leaders will need to find ways to help not just the CIO, but the rest of IT, spend less time on running the business to afford opportunities to grow and, ideally, help transform the business.


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