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Cloud services on the menu for UK IT consumption


Article Type: News          Published: 01-2014         Views: 1182   

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The rising adoption of cloud services is fundamentally changing how British businesses consume IT, according to a new report produced by Cisco Consulting Services, in conjunction with Intel.

The report found that in a majority of organisations, control of IT planning and purchasing is increasingly being shifted to lines of business (LOBs) such as HR, sales, and R&D. Their rising influence represents a marked departure from the traditional "top-down" approach, forcing IT departments to adapt.

"The Impact of Cloud on IT Consumption Models" report - based on a global survey of over 4,000 IT decision makers - suggests the United Kingdom is at a tipping point in IT spending as cloud uptake increases. While 43 per cent of funding currently comes from LOBs, 59 per cent of respondents predict that this will rise. As a proportion, the cloud represents almost a quarter of total IT spend (23 per cent), with that figure expected to rise to 27 per cent by 2016.

Given that 70 per cent of respondents believe IT planning will increasingly involve stakeholders from LOBs, and 59 per cent believe purchasing authority will also eventually reside with LOBs, the role of the IT department looks set to change. While they may once have planned, purchased, and implemented entire projects, 70 per cent of U.K. respondents believe that in the future, they will serve as "brokers" of services. With this new role comes new challenges: 77 per cent of respondents said integrating cloud services with in-house IT systems is now their main concern.
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