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October 20, 2011 by staff 

Cloud computingCloud computing, CIOs say that a bottom has been reached to reduce IT. A new survey reveals that cloud computing is still seeing a slow take-off in Ireland, with two thirds of the deployment of what is software-as-a-service (SaaS).

Deloitte’s latest survey reveals that the CIO only three in 10 (31pc) Irish CIOs believe that IT organizations as a value-added partner.

A drop of 7pc on last year’s results (38pc), this change in sentiment highlights the major challenge facing IT departments to demonstrate their value to their organizations in general.

The 2011 survey reveals that the bottom of the budget cuts that may have been reached, with 55pc of respondents predict no change or an increase in the budget, while predicting a decline 45pc, 15pc a swing from 2010. Some 15pc of CIOs are even anticipating increases between 11PC and 30pc in the next year.

Noncompliance now a priority for IT departments
Cost reduction remains a top priority for IT departments in 2011, however, has been replaced as the No. 1 priority for enforcement. Reduce IT costs and security priorities also remain and are joined by consolidating hardware and software. Enterprise mobility and virtualization are also new to the list, ahead of cloud computing.

Underlining the growing importance of compliance, in 2010, 68pc of participants expected workload to increase regulation in the next 12 months. This has been carried out with the CIO 70PC reporting an increase in regulatory requirements and almost two thirds anticipate a further increase in 2012. Of particular importance is that now more than 50pc (29pc in 2010) IT departments are struggling to meet these reporting requirements and deadlines.

The main themes of this struggle to meet legal reporting requirements and deadlines are overhead reporting manual and in close contact, the associated cost of compliance. This shows that CIOs need to move from a fire-fighting for regulatory reporting to a business approach to information management with a focus on automation.

Time of game-changing technologies such as cloud
“It is encouraging to see continued stabilization in IT budgets. However, it is clear that he / business alignment has been the victim of a relentless focus on reducing IT costs and harsh saving measures in recent years “said Harry Goddard, a partner at Deloitte Consulting.

“With companies operating in an increasingly competitive and rapidly evolving, and public sector restructuring needed urgently, the CIO needs to squeeze the value of limited resources through the adoption of ‘guerrilla’ tactics. Without the budgets and number of employees in recent years, the ‘guerrilla’ CIO should make the most “game changing” technologies such as cloud computing and enterprise mobility. ”

In 2010, the adoption of cloud computing is relatively low (33PC), however, more than half of the CIOs indicated their intention to increase the use of the cloud. Despite these feelings, there is only a small increase in the recorded use in 2011 (40pc) with SaaS accounting for more than two thirds of the use of the cloud (45pc in 2010).

The only data type CIOs are more likely to keep the cloud in 2011, compared to last year’s survey is the data of employees. Customer data, supplier data and billing information have been the largest declines in the probability, presumably attributable to fears of data security.

“Cloud computing is a current trend in 2010 and still remains in the top of the hype cycle,” said Goddard.

“Given that it is a priority for respondents in the next 12 months, this suggests that CIOs are still convinced to see the appropriate opportunities to leverage the cloud to achieve cost reduction and support for consolidation. Nevertheless, more than three quarters of the participants intend to increase their use of cloud computing in the next 18 months. With a limited budget available capital, and the need to be increasingly agile to enable rapid business growth and Instead, the cloud computing with low capital costs and faster execution should be a key tool for CIOs. Perhaps 2012 is the year that the cloud becomes a priority for CIOs in Ireland? ”

Smartphone applications now CIO radar
The 2011 survey also reveals that the mobile application development has taken off, with 40pc of CIOs who have developed mobile applications. Implementing employee development dominates, with 30pc of organizations that have developed applications compared to employees who have developed 22PC consumer applications.

Employee mobility allowing business growth and increased productivity enabled mobile enterprise access are the main benefits for organizations adopting mobile applications. However, there is a question of whether this increase in productivity comes at the cost of employees’ work / life balance, such as ease of access for companies blurs the boundary of hours of work.

This reluctance to develop applications for the consumer is in contrast to the continued growth in smartphone usage.

Although an operator to report a 40pc increase in the number of active mobile smartphones in 2010, two thirds of CIOs who have not yet developed all the mobile applications do not yet have plans to develop mobile applications in consumer next 18 months.

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