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Major gap between IT and business needs, says Cisco

Major gap between IT and business needs, says Cisco

There is still a major gulf between IT capability and the needs of businesses, according to new research by Cisco.

Unveiling the study at the Interop 2013 show in Las Vegas, businesses are not reaching their full potential due to a lack of IT capability from a distinct lack in budgeting and support, even though leaders are working closer with IT experts than ever before.

In Cisco’s 2013 Global IT Impact Survey, it emerged that 89 per cent of IT managers were working with business leaders monthly, but this conflicts with the 76 per cent of leaders who admitted to releasing new upgrades without consulting the IT buffs, and 26 per cent of the sample revealing that no one even calls them to let them know if their IT department is doing what they should be.

It is vital that corporations employ IT managers who are fully aware of business needs. Whilst many will be aware of popular trends such as software-defined networking (SDN), bring-your-own-device (BYOD), and cloud technology, they need to make sure that business performance remains high and understand upcoming topics such as the Internet of Things.

Major challenges that have forced this gap to widen include budgeting issues (34 per cent), network limits, cloud readiness and a lack of staff in cisco networking jobs.

Rob Soderbery, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Group, said: “More than ever, IT has the potential to make a profound impact on the business – and opportunity to act as a strategic partner – by building a network architecture that can leverage multiple technology transitions.

"The most successful IT professionals are those who acknowledge that fast decision-making within the enterprise is directly tied to the readiness of the network.”

The results are based on a survey of 1,300 IT experts from 13 different countries.

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