62% to shell out more for IT infrastructure: IBM study

Sixty-two percent of organizations plan to increase their spending on IT infrastructure over the next 12 to 18 months as they realize the significance of IT in enabling competitive advantage or optimizing profit, a study by IBM said.

The forthcoming study, “IT Infrastructure Matters,” is based on the responses from 750 CTOs, CIOs and other technology executives in 18 countries and 19 industries.

It revealed that just less than 10 percent of organizations are fully prepared to address the proliferation of mobile devices, social media, data analytics and cloud computing, with only 22 percent of companies having a well-defined enterprise IT infrastructure strategy roadmap.

Forty-six percent of respondents face challenges with efficiently and securely moving large amounts of data between one geography and another and 43 percent report challenges with maintaining a secure environment, the study said.

It found that the historic shifts transforming business and technology are creating a greater need and urgency to deploy a computing infrastructure that can support their business results.

The study also talks about different ways organizations are using infrastructure to compete more effectively in the marketplace and the major trends that affect IT infrastructure and the challenges organizations face with maintaining and upgrading existing technology.

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