EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) recently announced results of an independent survey revealing fresh insights about IT strategies and infrastructures deployed within companies and governments throughout the world.
Most notably, respondents cite a startling lack of senior executive confidence that permeates organizations globally, specifically concerning readiness around the critical IT requirements of continuous availability; advanced security; and integrated backup and recovery.
The Global IT Trust Curve survey, administered by independent market research firm Vanson Bourne, spans 3,200 interviews across 16 countries and 10 industry sectors.
China received the top maturity ranking: Chinese IT decision makers reported implementing the highest concentration of sophisticated continuous availability, advanced security, and integrated backup and recovery technologies. The United States ranked second in maturity on the IT Trust Curve. Underscoring swift and aggressive technology investments to solidify their world influence, three of the four most mature countries — China, South Africa and Brazil — are BRICS nations. Japan ranked last on the IT Trust Curve in the16-nation survey.
•Lower levels of maturity permeate the globe:
-More than half (57%) of all respondents fall into the lower maturity categories, while only 8% place in the Leader category.
-The higher organizations land on the maturity curve, the more likely they are to have already implemented more strategic and leading-edge technology projects such as Big Data Analytics.
•Lack of confidence in technology infrastructure:
-Nearly half (45%) of all respondents globally report that their senior executives are not confident that their organizations have adequate availability, security, and backup and recovery capabilities.
-When asked about executive confidence levels, the percentage of all respondents within each maturity level who said their senior executives are confident that their organizations have adequate availability, security, and backup and recovery are: Laggard (39%), Evaluator (51%), Adopter (65%) and Leader (81%).
-Japan has the smallest percentage of respondents (31%) reporting that their senior teams have confidence in these key aspects of IT; Germany has the highest percentage (66%).
-19% (nearly one in five) of respondents worldwide cite an overall lack of confidence in their technology infrastructure.
•Highly-regulated industries throughout the world displayed proportionally higher maturity levels:
-In addition to the IT and Technology (#3) industries, the remaining Top 5 most mature industries globally are the highly-regulated Financial Services (#1), Life Sciences (#2), Healthcare (#4) and Public Sector (#5).
Mohammed Amin, Senior Vice President, Turkey, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Middle East, said, “The four big megatrends in information technology today are cloud computing, Big Data, social networking and mobile devices. Adoption and maturity of these trends must float upon a sea of trust — trust that my information is secure in the cloud, trust that my data won’t be lost or stolen, trust that my IT will be operational when it needs to be — which, these days, is all the time. The more trust that can be earned and guaranteed; the bigger and faster the impact of these trends will be. Conversely, the less trust that is established, the more limited these trends will be. Where countries fall on the IT Trust maturity curve could affect their overall ability to compete.”
Survey data is the result of 3200 interviews of 1600 IT and 1600 business decision makers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, India, South Africa, Australia, Japan, China and the Nordic and Benelux regions. Respondents were employed at companies within ten industry sectors, with 50% working for organizations with 100-1000 employees and the other 50% at organizations with more than 1000 employees.
To create the maturity curve, IT decision-makers were asked specific questions relating to IT infrastructure in each of the three pillar sections, continuous availability, advanced security and integrated backup and recovery. Within each section, respondents scored points for the sophistication of their organization’s existing technology, but not for anything in the planning stages. Each section was scored out of a total of a maximum of 18 points and combined to give a total overall maturity score out of 54. This score was then multiplied by a scaling factor to normalize the curve and give a total score out of 100 points. Once scored, these IT decision-makers were divided into four even segments from a low to high score; Laggards (scoring 1–25), Evaluators (scoring 26-50), Adopters (scoring 51-75) and Leaders (scoring 76-100).
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