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Global study reveals lack of IT preparedness

IT Trust Curve Infographic

What: The 2013 IT Trust Curve study, conducted by the independent research company Vanson Bourne for EMC, a cloud computing provider.

Why: The study comprised 3,200 interviews of 1,600 IT and 1,600 global decision makers employed in the United States and 15, including 397 public sector respondents. It compares IT trust by country and sector, with the United States coming in second behind China.

Respondents cited a distinct lack of senior executive confidence and decreased spending on continuous availability, advanced security and integrated backup and recovery, suggesting the current crop of IT leaders will struggle to implement promising new technologies such as big data, cloud and mobile computing.

The study found that inadequate IT infrastructures caused 60 percent of organizations to suffer an unplanned downtime (37 percent), a security breach (23 percent) or data loss (29 percent) over the past year. Those incidents correlated to less employee productivity, lost revenue and loss of customer confidence.

In the public sector specifically, 59 percent of respondents said budget was the biggest limiting factor in their organization’s tech project success regarding data protection, security and availability, and 38 percent said they have an unplanned outage of service over the past year.

Overall, 20 percent of respondents noted a lack of a trust in technology and IT a key limiting factor in achieving more success.

Verbatim: “A low level of maturity has an impact upon the confidence of senior executives. Just 55% of respondents believe their senior executives are currently confident that they have adequate data protection, security and availability.”

“In terms of countries, China leads the way – with the United States scoring second. As a whole, the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries positioned highly – making up three of the top four scores. By contrast, Japan is lagging behind with the lowest average score of all 16 countries surveyed. Additionally, of the six countries most likely to have increased their IT spend in the last year, five are BRICS.”

Link: http://www.emc.com/campaign/it-trust-curve/index.htm

About the Author

Frank Konkel is a former staff writer for FCW.

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