A new global study reveals a startling lack of senior executive confidence that permeates organizations globally, specifically concerning readiness around the critical IT requirements of continuous availability; advanced security; and integrated backup and recovery.
The Global IT Trust Curve survey, commissioned by EMC Corporation and administered by Vanson Bourne, notes that reduced investment in aforementioned critical areas threatens the ability of IT infrastructures to withstand and quickly recover from disruptive incidents such as unplanned downtime, security breaches and data loss and underscores the need to adopt progressive strategies to achieve Trusted IT infrastructures.
Chinese IT decision makers reported implementing the highest concentration of sophisticated continuous availability, advanced security, and integrated backup and recovery technologies. The United States ranked second in maturity on the IT Trust Curve.
Underscoring swift and aggressive technology investments to solidify their world influence, three of the four most mature countries — China, South Africa and Brazil — are BRICS nations. Japan ranked last on the IT Trust Curve in the 16-nation survey.
“The four big megatrends in information technology today are cloud computing, Big Data, social networking and mobile devices,” said David Goulden, EMC President and Chief Operating Officer.
Goulden notes that adoption and maturity of these trends must float upon a sea of trust. “Trust that my information is secure in the cloud, trust that my data won’t be lost or stolen, trust that my IT will be operational when it needs to be — which, these days, is all the time,” said Goulden. “The more trust that can be earned and guaranteed, the bigger and faster the impact of these trends. Conversely, the less trust that is established, the more limited these trends will be. Where countries fall on the IT Trust maturity curve could affect their overall ability to compete.”
More than half (57%) of all APJ respondents fall into the lower maturity categories, while only 10% place in the Leader category. This is similar to global figures, where 57% of all respondents fall into the lower maturity categories, and only 8% place in the Leader category.
The higher organizations land on the maturity curve, the more likely they are to have already implemented more strategic and leading-edge technology projects such as Big Data Analytics.
Lack of confidence in technology infrastructure
Nearly half (48%) of APJ respondents, and 45% of respondents globally report that their senior executives are not confident that their organizations have adequate availability, security, and backup and recovery capabilities.
When asked about executive confidence levels, the percentage of APJ respondents within each maturity level who said their senior executives are confident that their organizations have adequate availability, security, and backup and recovery are: Laggard (29%), Evaluator (49%), Adopter (64%) and Leader (80%).
Japan has the smallest percentage of respondents (31%) reporting that their senior teams have confidence in these key aspects of IT; Germany has the highest percentage (66%). Twenty-three percent (nearly one in four) of APJ respondents cite an overall lack of confidence in their technology infrastructure, as compared to 19% globally, 19% in America, and 18% in EMEA.
While 70% of IT decision makers consider the IT department to be the motivation/drive for future resilient and secure IT infrastructure, the number drops to 50% for business decisions makers when asked the same question.
A similar perception gap extends in key disciplines such as security. APJ ranks the highest with 27% of APJ respondents reporting to be victims of a security breach in the past 12 months, while only 23% of global respondents report being victims, indicating they are not aware of all technology incidents that impact the business.