Dell Global Study Reveals Agreement in IT Trends Throughout Business

August 04, 2016

By Steve Anderson - Contributing Writer

It would be easy to think that the business decision makers of a business and those who handle information technology (IT) decisions would be constantly at loggerheads. After all, the business side would be happy if employees continued using the technology that was always used, preventing money from being spent at all. That's not the case, according to a new study from Dell (News - Alert), which shows that the two groups are actually in harmony on several major IT trends.

Dell's “State of IT Trends 2016” report revealed that the two groups are actually quite close together on the subject. While previously, there was quite a bit of disconnect between the two—especially when it came to understanding of available technologies—that gap narrowed over time and now the two factions are actually fairly close together.

For instance, both sides—62 percent of IT and 51 percent of business—agree that the most important new trend facing company operations is cloud computing. Being able to get operations to public cloud is the most important within that sector, a point agreed upon by 83 percent of IT and 74 percent of business respondents. Software-defined data centers (SDDCs) are also on the table, as both 88 percent of IT and 80 percent of business say that the company is either planning to or has already put such a system in place.

In perhaps the closest agreement, 86 percent of IT and 85 percent of business say that “compute-centric” is the best approach when establishing a data center, allowing for the best in scalability and flexibility to ensure the best return. Additionally, both sides expect moves to open data centers to happen at some point, and seem to agree that the hybrid cloud platform model is the route to go.

So what prompted this change? Some might say it's enlightenment on the part of the business market, who got caught up from a Dilbert-esque view of the world into one that's more appropriate for reality. Others might say it's frequent exposure to new information—much like that which is found here every day—that details the bottom-line impact of new technologies and makes an effective business case. Some might have heard about results from associates and colleagues in the field about the bottom-line impact these tools can have. Regardless of what caused it, having these two factions aligned should speed up adoption and make a lot of companies even better for the change.

Seeing business decision makers and IT decision makers come together on these kinds of decisions is heartening, and should result in some exciting new advances for business. A unified front tends to work best, and the Dell study reveals it's almost as unified as we can get.

Edited by Maurice Nagle