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One in five execs are okay to bypass IT as they move to cloud: IDC survey

One in five execs are okay to bypass IT as they move to cloud: IDC survey

CIOs need to win over key stakeholders to retain relevance and influence in the technologies that are used in their organisation.

One in five Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) executives are willing to ignore the IT department and consume unapproved public cloud applications, reports IDC. In its new report, Testing ANZ Employee Willingness to Bypass IT on the Way to the Cloud, IDC says in addition to executives, nearly 20 percent of mobile and remote workers would also ignore IT policy and procure services from a public cloud provider. The report is part of IDC's Next Generation Workspace Ecosystem surveys which investigated the views, expectations and intentions of both CIOs and enterprise employees on the use of ICT in the workplace. The research finds that while the move to public cloud services is not the major workspace driver at the moment - this mantle is taken by desktop/notebook refreshes, operating system upgrades and mobility-related projects - there is little doubt most organisations will move some applications in the cloud in future with email, office productivity, social and collaborative apps the first off the rank. "ANZ CIOs and IT decision makers are willing to adopt public cloud services in the next three years, but it is not the main driver in current workspace strategies, and over 15 percent see a threat from the use of non-approved public cloud services," says IDC research manager, Trevor Clarke. Employees from the education sector are the most likely to bypass IT as they move to the cloud. There is little difference between small and large organisations on this issue. Furthermore, under 35 year olds and 41 to 45 years olds showed most willingness to ignore any IT policies around the usage of public cloud services, says Clarke. "These results show that CIOs and IT decision makers need to quickly win over key stakeholders, such as executives, to ensure they retain relevance and influence on the kind of technologies that are used in their organisation."

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