Whether you’re a CIO in name or it’s just one of the numerous roles you somehow manage to find the time to fit into, perhaps you’ll identify with Mati Cohen’s assertion that you spend much of your working life stuck between a rock and a hard place.
For the CIO has the unenviable task of mediating the battle between the strategic demands of a business and the IT teams expected to deliver the tools to achieve them. In his article “The 7 Absolute Worst Pains of the CIO” for ITProPortal.com, Mati highlights some of the key causes for conflict, and the usual culprits of contention all make an appearance.
Come on IT, keep up!
Waiting can be a frustrating and expensive experience, especially if those delays feel (or indeed, likely are) detrimental to the business. As the pace of market demand and competitive activity increases, the lag effect of a hobbled IT infrastructure is only intensified.
We’re doing all we can!
Embattled and under pressure, IT teams are working flat out simply treading water — where, as Mati suggests, 80% of budgets are swallowed up by maintaining existing infrastructures.
The result is a lack of innovation, with one side of the business held back waiting for the means to move forward into new projects, markets and products, while the other is peddling in the red zone with little time to look at adding further value to the business.
Spreading the good word of cloud
Interestingly, Mati lists “promoting and defending” cloud as one of the main pains that CIOs face. The truth is though, that where cloud is re-framed (as it surely should be) as a business strategy, and not merely an IT decision, many of the issues above can be eased.
Cloud can introduce increased automation and simplified management, freeing up IT teams from the slog of maintaining a physical infrastructure, and allowing them to reallocate time to looking at new ways of working. At the same time, the demands of the business are satisfied by accelerated provision of resources on demand: the bottleneck that held back expansion, testing of ideas, and reacting to new markets conditions, is substantially eased.
To sum up neatly: IT agility leads to business agility.
See how cloud works for others
Real world examples of how cloud helps to address the pains of a CIO (and many others working alongside!) can help to put this now established way of working into context. Take a look at Dean’s recap of our customer case studies and get a feel for why and how cloud was part of the answer for the businesses we’ve worked with. And just as cloud has helped our customers, it has revolutionised the way our own business works.
See how cloud might work for you
If you’re done with the reading and research, perhaps you’d like to try cloud for yourself? If that’s the case, get in touch and we’ll handover the login details to your own VMware cloud data centre. You’ll get full telephone and email support, and a one-to-one tutorial from Dean on how to get the most out of your cloud service.