Survey reveals 69 percent of respondents believe IT has become increasingly decentralized in the last three years: questions whether that's a positive change, specifically when it comes to security
PALO, ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - November 17, 2016) - VMware, Inc. (
Business models are being disrupted and digital transformation is critical in enabling organizations to remain innovative, competitive and agile. Cloud computing has been key to this transformation, but IT is struggling to keep up and so responsibility has shifted away from IT. Lines of business are now purchasing IT 'as a service' to drive innovation within their domains. With this decentralization comes both opportunities and challenges. While it could empower all business units to drive innovation and ease pressure on IT, it also creates numerous management, security and compliance issues.
"These survey results reflect that cloud computing is continuing to move technology beyond IT, giving lines of business easy-to-use, flexible IT services to drive innovation within their domains," said Raghu Raghuram, chief operating officer, Cloud Services and Products, VMware. "VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture™ enables IT to help manage and control multiple clouds across an enterprise, thereby giving lines of businesses the flexibility to innovate in any environment."
Key findings from the survey include:
Decentralization is occurring; IT isn't welcoming it
Security is an issue with decentralization
Other issues as a result of decentralization
Key Findings from the survey in EMEA and Asia-Pacific
About The State of the Cloud 2016
The State of the Cloud 2016 research draws its conclusions from two surveys, both sponsored by VMware.
The first -- called The IT Archipelago: Research conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit -- targeted 726 people distributed equally across the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and EMEA. All the respondents were directors or above, from companies with an average revenue of $2.1B, and representing 20 industries. Half of those surveyed were business users and half IT.
The second survey -- VMware's 2016 State of the Cloud: Research conducted by Vanson Bourne in August and September 2016 -- targeted 3,300 people from 20 countries split across the Americas (24 percent), Asia-Pacific (39 percent), and EMEA (36 percent). The respondents represented 20 industries with an average company revenue of $3.7B. Half of those surveyed were business users and half IT.
Together, the survey results tell the story of decentralization both disrupting the enterprise and driving innovation.
About VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture
VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture™, announced at VMworld 2016, is designed to provide the world's most complete and capable hybrid cloud architecture to enable consistent deployment models, security policies, visibility, and governance for all applications, running on premises and off, regardless of the underlying cloud, hardware platform or hypervisor.
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