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Heads of IT in smaller UK organisations need high quality IT that is flexible and scalable at a competitive price. The findings suggests strongly that interviewees are committed to being enablers of ...

Heads of IT in smaller UK organisations need high quality IT that is flexible and scalable at a competitive price. The findings suggests strongly that interviewees are committed to being enablers of their organisation’s responsiveness in today’s virtualised and convergence economy; furthermore, they will do what it takes to manage out inflexible legacy systems and work with a new breed of IT suppliers and supply models that help their organisation avoid being dominated by software and infrastructure products governed by strict vendor rules and the complex software licences and royalty payments that go with them.
Smart mid-market organsations are moving to licence-free software and systems

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    Scale survey: End of the Traditional IT Model Scale survey: End of the Traditional IT Model Presentation Transcript

    • The End of the Traditional IT Model
    • Executive Summary The survey shows that heads of IT in smaller UK organisations need high quality IT that is flexible and scalable at a competitive price. It suggests strongly that interviewees are committed to being enablers of their organisation’s responsiveness in today’s virtualised and convergence economy; furthermore, they will do what it takes to manage out inflexible legacy systems and work with a new breed of IT suppliers and supply models that help their organisation avoid being dominated by software and infrastructure products governed by strict vendor rules and the complex software licences and royalty payments that go with them. Smart mid-market organsations are moving to licence-free software and systems
    • Key Findings • Half (48%) of the decision-makers surveyed felt their budget wasn’t enough • Nearly two fifths (39%) of the survey use more suppliers than they need to • The prolonged economic slowdown saw four fifths (79%) examine non-licence or open source IT options in the last 12 months • 31% of applications in mid-sized organisations are now licence tax free • Over two thirds (69%) of the survey consider their skill set more about multi-vendor management than being the actual ‘IT’ guy • Most decision-makers (57%) consider that their IT knowledge is perfectly adequate and that the real issue is the lack of departmental resources preventing them from pursuing software development or business innovations • While over half (54 per cent) of the software and infrastructure sold to smaller customers is based on traditional licensing models, IT executives seem dissatisfied with their legacy technology systems, particularly as they’re continually looking for ways to give their business systems much greater agility • The survey found that on average only 38% of the corporate IT estate actually gives their organisation real competitive edge • When asked to envisage an ideal, single infrastructure type for all their systems, 70% of the survey said either open source or a purpose-built, non-licence-based product
    • Cost Conscious IT Buyers Since by their nature, smaller organisations have fewer cost reduction options than enterprises, they are instead looking carefully ‘under the bonnet’. Their IT decision-makers’ priorities over the last year were headed by updating technology (64%), incremental improvements (48%), having to ‘do more with less budget’ and maintaining data centre facilities (both 46%) and ‘ensuring system scalability’ at 36%.
    • Rising Use of Licence Free Applications On average, almost two thirds (64%) of the healthcare category now has largely open source or non-licenced software while nearly as much (45%) of business & professional services’ overall IT is mainly non-licence based.
    • Life Without Big Names Heads of IT are clearly looking beyond the ‘usual suspects’ big name vendors, to more tailored infrastructure and software options without tie-ins. When asked to envisage an ideal, single infrastructure type for all their systems, 70 per cent of the survey said either open source or a purpose-built, non-licence-based product. Only 31 per cent of interviewees say they would opt for traditional software and/or infrastructure model.
    • Conclusion This research found that UK heads of IT in small and mid-market firms and smaller public organisations are canny buyers of software and infrastructure, but many are still locked into working with big vendors’ systems based on traditional licencing models. IT decision-makers are successfully using – and are insisting on more and more – alternatives to traditional licenced software models that are now helping boost their organisation’s competitiveness and cutting IT costs. And they expect these trends to intensify.
    • Methodology • Headquarters: Indianapolis, IN; San Mateo, CA Founded: 2007 Web: www.scalecomputing.com Phone: 1-877-SCALE-59 (877-7225359) This survey was conducted by technology market research specialist Vanson Bourne, which interviewed 200 IT decision-makers in UK organisations with between 200 and 1,000 employees during October 2013. Of these bodies, 165 were in the private sector with a further 35 from the government, healthcare and education sectors. • Organisations interviewed reached across manufacturing (18%), IT and technology (18%) and retail, distribution & transport (14%), financial services (11%), business & professional services (10%), education (10%), local government (eight per cent), healthcare (seven per cent), other commercial sectors (three per cent) and other public sectors (three per cent).
    • For more information or pricing, contact your local Scale representative or visit www.ScaleComputing.com 877.SCALE.59 (877) 722.5359 blog.ScaleComputing.com /ScaleComputing @ScaleComputing