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Half of businesses are plagued by hourly, daily and weekly IT performance and availability issues, reveals ControlCircle survey

  • 52 per cent state multiple infrastructure apps and multiple monitoring tools have an adverse impact on service and availability excellence

  • Survey shows that IT departments in smaller organisations achieve better performance

A recent survey among 250 UK CIOs and IT leaders has revealed that nearly half of respondents are plagued by regular IT performance and availability issues. 48 per cent of respondents experience hourly, daily and weekly availability and outage issues.
21 per cent of those asked experience business downtime daily or hourly.

ControlCircle, UK provider of managed and cloud-based services, commissioned the 'IT Growth and Transformation' survey with Vanson Bourne, to explore IT budget alignment and how CIOs are managing IT as well as innovation.

Overall, smaller organisations (employing between 251-500 employees) report a higher level of service excellence across the board. Even in this group, only 46% claim excellence in quality of service, regardless of budget. Among larger enterprises, only 20% of respondents believed they were achieving 'best effort' in quality of service, regardless of cost control.

When questioned about IT environment complexity opinions are split. 40 per cent of respondents agree that their current environments are more complex compared to five years ago, with hybrid IT cited as the most difficult and complex to manage by 55 per cent. Looking forward five years, approximately half believe their current IT environment will simplify; yet, 30 per cent still believe complexity will increase. 52 per cent of respondents state that they do not have the ability to support the hybrid IT environment within a single IT governance framework.

This complexity is exacerbated by the proliferation of monitoring tools. Respondents revealed that on average, IT departments are using at least thirteen monitoring tools to manage discrete applications in their IT estate. The number of tools was reported as high as 17 in large organisations.

The cloud is seen as a current and increasing challenge for IT departments, with the use of private cloud services more common than not. This leads to a large proportion of organisations having hybrid IT environments that make use of managed service providers (MSPs). Across the board approximately 50 per cent of all respondents have part of their IT infrastructure as a managed service. When it comes to choosing a MSP almost two thirds of respondents report that 24/7 service is crucial, alongside flexibility (55 per cent) and cost effectiveness (54 per cent).

"Use of private cloud services are more common than not in today's enterprise, with most IT organisations using a mix of IT services," comments Carmen Carey, MD at ControlCircle. "This leads to a large proportion of organisations having a hybrid IT environment, which they cannot keep control of, making 24/7 service and flexibility the top 'must haves' within third party services partners. These issues are made worse by a complexity in tools adopted to monitor the environment, leaving CIOs struggling for real time visibility and a sense that they are in control. What is interesting is that over half of respondents agreed, or strongly agreed, that hybrid IT is difficult and complex to manage. With the increase in cloud adaption, MSPs are a sure way organisations can get the expertise they need to future proof their business."

The three biggest challenges IT departments are currently facing are security, cloud and compliance (65 per cent, 36 per cent and 34 per cent respectively). In the next five years mobility of workforce is going to become of increasing importance, with IT leaders predicting that security (56 per cent), cloud (46 per cent) and mobility (41 per cent) are to become the biggest challenges IT departments face.

The prevalence of big data is also predicted to rise in the next five years. It makes the biggest jump in ranking (originally seventh on the list of nine, rising to fourth) with an 8 per cent increase from 30 per cent to 38 per cent.

The in-depth research was conducted with 250 senior IT decision-makers working in UK organisations that employ 3rd party and managed service providers and a minimum of 250 staff. The IT leaders interviewed were taken from the manufacturing, technology, financial services, professional services, healthcare, telecoms and utilities industries.

The survey is available for download to customers, partners, analysts and media on ControlCircle's website.

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About ControlCircle
ControlCircle is a leading provider of managed and cloud-based services to enterprises and online businesses. It makes sure that its customers' business-critical applications are always available, performing, and evolving based on each customer's business dynamics. With ControlCircle managing the critical IT infrastructure and applications, customers can focus on growing their businesses.

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Vanson Bourne is an independent specialist in market research for the technology sector. Their reputation for robust and credible research-based analysis, is founded upon rigorous research principles and the ability to seek the opinions of senior decision makers across technical and business functions, in all business sectors and all major markets.

For more information please contact Kathryn Moore on 01962 677 002 or at [email protected]

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