Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 25 - Page 56

FEATURE: CLOUD MANAGEMENT across the organisation. While the CEO has historically been in charge of implementing change within the organisation, they’ve also been tasked with maintaining investments, ensuring cost efficiencies and improving the bottom line. While that continues to reign true, the CIO has absorbed some of that responsibility. In addition to supporting innovation, the modern day CIO must manage the IT system, prove efficiencies and show value to the CEO directly. Unfortunately, a universal system for this process is yet to be solidified. According to InfoTech research, 67% of CEOs are still unclear on the role IT plays within the business and 74% of CEOs want their CIO to do a better job of reporting the value that IT brings to the business. This disconnect has left many CIOs feeling insecure, worrying about their position in the C-Suite value chain and their ability to execute and align delivery with overall business objectives. Yet despite role-related pressures, the majority of organisations are still prioritising innovation and plan to continue on the journey towards digitalisation. IDC estimates Digital Transformation spending will grow to more than 53% of all information and communications technology investment by 2023, up 36% from where it is today. Challenges to tackle This time of transformation is a great opportunity for CIOs to showcase how IT 56 INTELLIGENTCIO ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Traditional silos and risk To see success in the migration to a hybrid multi-cloud environment, organisations must tackle some of the major hurdles common within the industry. Unfortunately, one of the biggest complications comes from within the organisation. Alexander Wallner, Senior Vice President and General Manager EMEA, NetApp can not only create efficiencies but deliver more value to the CEO’s goals. To do this, the CIO must demonstrate what role IT plays in the business, starting with the prioritisation of hybrid multi-cloud data management. Our recent research shows the majority (60%) of UK IT leaders already have plans to migrate their apps and data to the public cloud, and 20% are looking to adopt more on-premises and public cloud infrastructure within the next year. Currently, more than half (57%) of all organisations can move workloads between public cloud and on-premises environments, and almost a quarter (23%) are able to move between public cloud environments. On the other hand, 13% of organisations still don’t have the capabilities, financial resources or technology to move and manage data. Through years of functioning as a traditional entity, many organisations still operate through traditional IT silos. This fragmented approach creates major complications and leaves a significant disconnect between the internal function and access to IT. Luckily, with the implementation of the hybrid cloud model, an increasing number of IT leaders are understanding the problem and are putting the end-user in control. As a result, many of these traditional silos are being broken down, ultimately condensing and democratising access to IT capabilities. Another common challenge that many C-Suite leaders face when considering the move to a hybrid model is risk. This is not only true in terms of the impact on the technology, but also its influence on the bottom line. The good news is that the public cloud infrastructure is already known to be secure and built to a high standard, and some of the largest cloud vendors (AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud) have worked tirelessly to evolve their offerings to alleviate concerns and ensure workloads are secure and resilient against both internal and external threats.