Pure Storage, IT deserves a place at management discussion tables

Pure Storage presented i poll results conducted at European level on IT managers who revealed how the pandemic caused a shock by changing the perception of IT within companies and give technology managers a more authoritative voice in business strategies.

Research, based on interviews with 504 IT managers from across Europe, including 50 in Italy, focuses on the motivations of IT managers, the progress they have made over the past year and the evolution of their priorities.

With so many businesses now realizing how important data is to their success, it follows that 79% of IT managers are happy with the impact they’ve been able to produce in the past year.

Specifically, 58% are motivated by knowing that IT has a proven track record in the past twelve months, 56% are delighted that IT now has a strategic voice within the organization, and more than half (56%) are motivated by the direct link between technological change and business results.

Surprisingly, less than a quarter of respondents (23%) say they are enthusiastic and motivated by the technology itself, indicating instead its growing attention to innovation. add value to your business and support digital transformation.

Although aligning IT with the business as a whole has been a real challenge that many companies have faced for decades, research suggests that substantial improvements have been made among Italian IT managers over the past twelve years. month. So much so that tech experts estimate that alignment between IT managers and the business has gone from an average of 46% two years ago to 63% today..

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As for how IT has been able to support the business, IT managers are confident about the contribution made: 44% say the technology infrastructure is very robust, and 38% considers the processes and IT culture within the company to be very agile to meet the needs of the organization.

However, IT managers are clearly frustrated with the lack of recognition for being a key driver of change within companies during the pandemic: 50% of them say that their results have not been recognized in the last twelve months.

Other reasons for dissatisfaction stem from conflicting priorities and reactive problem solving (48%) as well as the constant pressure to innovate while reducing costs (35%).

“When the pandemic broke, IT managers had the immense responsibility of maintaining operations and isolating businesses from all physical and financial problems. Over the past year this pressure has evolved and today the focus is on defining a strategic overview of the changing needs of the business ”, commented Mauro Bonfanti, Regional Vice President EMEA of Pure Storage.

“For the future, it is essential that the needs of the company are balanced and prioritize so that CIOs can continue to deliver the technology they need to create a significant impact on users ”.

THE IT managers have expressed intention to focus on developing personal skills over the next twelve months: in particular the priority (52% of the people questioned) goes to the focus on results in the support of the company by the IT; 50% want to devote themselves to vision and strategic thinking; 37% to experimental / agile methodologies; and 37% managing dispersed IT teams.

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This data is further confirmed by the fact that IT managers intend to solidify collaborative relationships with the CPO (48%), COO (46%) and CEO (40%), among others. In terms of strategic goals for next year, the main goal of IT managers is:

  • The green agenda: 63% of Italian respondents, the highest percentage in Europe, indicate sustainability as one of the main objectives
  • Strengthening teams: 50% want to focus on recruiting new skills to integrate into their team
  • Focus on IT: 44% say they want to focus on strengthening the skills of their IT team

Finally, with regard to the top priorities for the next twelve months, the technology managers intend to devote themselves to the following:

  • Digital transformation: Accelerate the acceleration of digital transformation (83%)
  • Hybrid or remote work: improve the digital experience for a future of hybrid or remote work (79%)
  • Customers: improve the digital customer experience / optimize the customer journey (79%)
  • Agility: integrate and accelerate agility within the company (77%)