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State of IT Trends 2016

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This global study reveals that Business Decision Makers and IT Decision Makers’ understanding of current IT trends are much closer than generally perceived. Both groups agree that cloud computing is the most important technology trend for their companies. Additionally, they are increasingly looking at software-defined technology, and plan to use more open data center solutions in the future.

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State of IT Trends 2016

  1. 1. Dell State of IT Trends 2016 Survey Results July 2016 Dell-sponsored global survey conducted by PSB
  2. 2. 2 of 24 Executive Summary (slide 1 of 2) Survey goals: • Quantify how business decision makers (BDMs) and IT decision makers (ITDMs) are evaluating and considering technology (related to major industry trends) to address business objectives. • Understand how business and IT leaders’ perceptions of technology have evolved as new technologies have entered the market and become increasingly critical drivers of an organization’s success. Survey results: • BDMs and ITDMs understanding of current IT trends are much closer than they are generally perceived to be. The study reveals a greater sophistication and alignment in understanding of IT trends between the two groups. • Additional key findings: – ITDMs (62 percent) and BDMs (51 percent) agree that cloud computing is the most important technology trend for their companies. – Eighty-eight percent of ITDMs and 80 percent of BDMs say their organization is considering adopting a software-defined data center (SDDC), is in the process of transitioning, or has already completed the transition to one. – By 2:1 margins, both ITDMs and BDMs say they will use more open data center technologies in the future. – Eighty-six percent of ITDMs and 85 percent of BDMs agree that compute-centric is the best approach to gain a flexible, scalable and open data center.
  3. 3. 3 of 24 Executive Summary (slide 2 of 2) Conclusion: • There is a lingering misperception that business leaders are disconnected during strategic IT discussions, but times have changed. • There is an increasingly common understanding between business and IT decision makers on the key IT trends and the growth opportunities that IT can deliver. • The results indicate that IT and business leadership are better collaborating and having in-depth conversations about not only how technology works but how it can propel the business forward. • ITDMs and BDMs both have 2-3 year outlooks for strategic IT plans.
  4. 4. 4 of 24 Survey Methodology On behalf of Dell, PSB conducted 1,200 online interviews between April 15 and May 4, 2016, among: Audiences N-size MOE Global All 1,201 ±2.83% IT Decision Makers (ITDM) 701 ±3.7% Business Decision Makers (BDM) 500 ±4.4% Small Business (1-99 employees) 397 ±4.9% Medium Business (100-499 employees) 398 ±4.9% Large Enterprise (500+ employees) 406 ±4.9% Developed (US, UK, Germany, and Japan) 700 ±3.7% Developing (Brazil, India, China) 501 ±4.4%
  5. 5. 5 of 24 Countries Surveyed Audiences Role N-size MOE US ITDM 100 ±9.8% BDM 100 ±9.8% UK ITDM 100 ±9.8% BDM 100 ±9.8% Germany ITDM 100 ±9.8% Japan ITDM 100 ±9.8% BDM 100 ±9.8% Brazil ITDM 100 ±9.8% BDM 100 ±9.8% India ITDM 100 ±9.8% China ITDM 100 ±9.8% BDM 100 ±9.8%
  6. 6. 6 of 24 Survey’s IT Trend Focus Areas Compute-centric Software-defined data center Openness Cloud Data center management Digital transformation
  7. 7. 7 of 24 BDM and ITDM Similarities 7 of 24
  8. 8. 8 of 24 13% 37% 36% 15% 9% 39% 38% 14% 1 Year 2 Years 3 Years 4 Years ITDM (n=590) BDM (n=349) Both have 2-3 year outlooks for strategic IT plans How far into the future does your strategic IT plan go? (Asked among Respondents with Strategic IT plans)
  9. 9. 9 of 24 81% 71% 61% 53% 45% 77% 69% 50% 45% 35% Increasing business productivity Growing the business Lowering IT costs Reacting faster than competitors to a changing market Improving speed to market ITDM BDM *Not showing “none of the above” Increasing business productivity is the main IT consideration What business considerations are being addressed when making IT decisions? Growing the business also a key consideration among both audiences
  10. 10. 10 of 24 Cloud computing ranked most important technology trend How important are each of the below technology trends to your company? (Showing “Very important”) 62% 55% 48% 47% 44% 36% 31% 25% 51% 43% 30% 43% 34% 30% 23% 15% Cloud computing Big data Virtualization Mobility Software-defined data center Composable infrastructure Openness Flash ITDM BDM
  11. 11. 11 of 24 Ability to burst to public cloud is important How important is it for your company to have the capability to burst to public cloud as demands increase? 83% 74% 14% 17% 3% 9% ITDM BDM Important Not important Don't know
  12. 12. 12 of 24 67% 54% 48% 47% 47% 39% 32% 31% 59% 48% 36% 39% 32% 30% 26% 19% Cloud Data storage upgrade or purchase Software-defined data center Server refresh Virtualization Converged infrastructure Openness Use of flash for application acceleration ITDM BDM Cloud is the main IT spending priority Please indicate if each of the below is a major priority, minor priority, or not a priority at all for your organization’s IT spending in 2016. (Showing “is a major priority”)
  13. 13. 13 of 24 11% 29% 26% 17% 11% 5% 13% 39% 23% 10% 5% 3% Not considering it Considering it but haven’t started yet Just started ½ completed ¾ completed 100% completed ITDM BDM Software-defined data center (SDDC) adoption Where is your organization in terms of adopting a software-defined data center? 88% of ITDMs and 80% of BDMs globally say their organization is considering adopting a software-defined data center, is in the process of transitioning, or has already completed the transition to one. Global BDMs are more likely to say they are considering adopting software-defined data center while global ITDMs are more likely to say they have already started the transition. *Not showing “Don’t know”
  14. 14. 14 of 24 Top benefits of SDDC – flexibility, simplicity, efficiency, cost-savings From the list below, please select the top benefits of a software-defined data center. Ranked by “All” ITDMs place a greater value on increased scalability than do BDMs 64% 58% 56% 54% 57% 38% 58% 54% 56% 55% 40% 33% Greater agility and flexibility Simplification of management Creates efficiencies Lowers costs Increased scalability Transforms data silos into modern infrastructure ITDM BDM *2% of respondents chose “None of the above.”
  15. 15. 15 of 24 91% 84% 6% 8% ITDM BDM Agree Disagree Not showing “Don’t know.” Open technology best supports data center trends How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Open or industry-standards based technology best supports data center trends toward application and data portability, and broad data center-wide process management compared to proprietary vendor hardware or solutions. ITDMs and BDMs overwhelmingly agree that open-based technology best supports data center trends toward portability and process management compared to proprietary vendor hardware or solutions
  16. 16. 16 of 24 Compute-centric is best How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Compute-centric is the best approach to gaining a flexible, scalable and open data center. 86% of ITDMs and 85% of BDMs agree that compute-centric is seen as best approach to gain a flexible, scalable, and open data center 86% 85% 8% 7% ITDM BDM Agree Disagree Not showing “Don’t know.”
  17. 17. 17 of 24 BDM and ITDM Differences 17 of 24
  18. 18. 18 of 24 Where BDM and ITDM differ Topic Data Strategic IT planning Global ITDMs significantly more likely to say their organization has a strategic plan (84%) than global BDMs (70%) SDDC deployment Global ITDMs significantly more likely to say their organization has deployed software-defined solutions (57%) than global BDMs (43%) – BDMs more likely to say they don’t know than ITDMs (9% vs. 3%) Global BDMs are more likely to say they are considering adopting a software- defined data center while global ITDMs are more likely to say they have already started the transition Tailoring the IT architecture Global ITDMs significantly more likely to say their company would benefit from an IT architecture that would allow the ability to tailor to specific application and workload needs (86%) than global BDMs (77%)
  19. 19. 19 of 24 Dell’s Enterprise Approach 19 of 24 The study results confirm that Dell’s customer-driven, compute-centric and software-defined data center strategy is what business and IT leaders need most to meet their business objectives.
  20. 20. 20 of 24 82% 75% 13% 13% ITDM BDM Agree Disagree Not showing “Don’t know.” Compute-centric is key to driving innovation How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement: A compute-centric approach to data center solution development is key in driving my company’s innovation. ITDMs and BDMs agree that a compute- centric approach to data center solution development is key in driving my company’s innovation
  21. 21. 21 of 24 Integrating hyperconverged solutions is the first step in software-defined data centers How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Integrating hyper converged solutions is the first step in achieving a software-defined data center. More than 8 in 10 of ITDMs and BDMs agree that integrating hyper-converged solutions is the first step in achieving a software-defined data center 85% 81% 8% 6% ITDM BDM Agree Disagree
  22. 22. 22 of 24 24% 22% 16% 13% 10% 8% 25% 15% 16% 12% 10% 7% Software-defined data center Hybrid multi-cloud Compute-centric approach Composable infrastructure Openness Native cloud applications ITDM BDM Software-defined data center is top enabler to digital transformation What is the most important enabler to digital transformation? ITDMs more likely to also mention hybrid/multi-cloud as a top enabler Not showing “Don’t know.”
  23. 23. 23 of 24 *Not showing “Don’t know.” 35% 24% 18% 18% 29% 24% 22% 13% Hybrid/multi-cloud On-site data center Off-site private cloud Public cloud ITDM BDM Software-defined data centers to be hybrid cloud-based in the future Where do you expect software for software-defined data centers to reside in the future?
  24. 24. 24 of 24 61% 57% 31% 28% 2% 3% ITDM BDM More Same Less Openness rules in the data center of the future In the future, will you use more or less open data center technologies? By 2:1 margins, both ITDMs and BDMs say they will use more open data center technologies in the future *Not showing “Don’t know.”
  25. 25. 25 of 24 Addressing issues quickly is top concern when managing the data center What concerns you most when it comes to managing the data center? 46% 34% 18% 45% 32% 20% The ability to address issues quickly The long-term healthof the data center assets The number of people and tools required ITDM BDM *Not showing “Don’t know.”

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