Solution Provider IDs 10 Factors Driving the Change
NEW YORK, December 15, 2015 – Change is in the air, and it’s something that has been coming for a long time according to a recent study of more than 420 CIOs conducted by Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com). For some time now, CIOs worldwide have battled shadow IT, struggled to meet significant technology demands from their line-of-business users, and wondered how they will remain relevant members of their organizations’ executive teams. With 2016 just around the corner, CIOs’ moves toward a services-defined strategy are heating up.
“The role of the CIO is changing from that of technologist to more of an internal service provider,” says Mike Martin, Senior Vice President, Solutions and Services, Logicalis US. “IT professionals around the world are all coming to the same conclusion: Their role is no longer about technology per se; it’s about delivering business capabilities to internal users that advance the organization’s goals and give it a competitive edge in the marketplace.”
In fact, a Logicalis study conducted earlier this year showed CIOs worldwide are spending 42 percent of their time on activities consistent with developing and delivering the new internal service provider model – “engaging with line-of-business” and “scoping and provisioning new IT services.” As a result, Logicalis predicts, IT leaders will make continual strides toward the adoption of this new model within their departments throughout the new year.
What’s Driving the Shift to an Internal Service Provider?
The shift from technology-defined to service-defined thinking is gaining momentum among the world’s leading IT professionals as 2015 comes to a close. And while no two CIOs are at the same place along this journey, many are being driven by a combination of similar factors.
- Relief from Shadow IT: Propelled by the threat of shadow IT, CIOs are being forced to re-align their IT strategies to better serve the needs of their LOB colleagues and transform their IT departments in a way that makes them the logical first choice for IT service procurement.
- LOB On-Demand Expectations: Delivering a consumer-like IT experience at work requires a whole new way of thinking among CIOs; it requires an underlying shift from IT as a provider of “always on” technology to a department that supports a service-defined enterprise able to offer an array of a la carte computing experiences when and how the organization’s users need to access them.
- Desire for Job Security: To balance demands among line-of-business leaders as well as the corporate C-suite, today’s IT professionals must increasingly rely on cloud-based services. Implementing a converged infrastructure where networks, storage and servers can be managed as one is the first step in the evolution toward this service-defined infrastructure.
- CIO Relevancy: Tomorrow’s CIO must become both a business partner to the organization and a service provider to its internal users, creating a portfolio of user services and experiences, an agile and responsive IT operation, and a more affordable and sustainable technology consumption model than what formerly existed. It’s a transformation journey that, if done correctly, will result in a service-defined enterprise enabled by a service management strategy that defines value based on the business outcomes driven by IT rather than the technology itself.
- Increased Agility, Decreased TCO: Driving business value requires a services-led approach to IT, something that starts with the implementation of a software-defined data center.
- Technology Blueprints: A software-defined data center (SDDC) is a key element within a service-defined enterprise, and the result of a well-planned IT transformation journey in which all components of a data center are virtualized to provide the best security, availability, performance and change management at the lowest cost. Control of a SDDC is fully automated by software freeing IT to focus on working more closely with line-of-business customers.
- Evolving Service-Defined Strategies: As IT departments transform into internal service providers, a new type of skill set with an emphasis on melding technological understanding with business acumen will be required.
- Aligning IT with Business Priorities: CIOs need to create a catalog of services and map the relationships between business-critical applications and IT infrastructure to quickly examine and respond to line-of-business service requests. ITSM tools designed to manage enterprise services across a portfolio of organizational needs provide the answer.
- Outsourcing Objectives: As CIOs look to expand capabilities without increasing internal staff, the use of managed services is quickly becoming a necessity. The key to success, experts say, is to choose a partner based on skill and experience, not just price.
- What CEOs, CFOs and LOB Want: The ultimate goal is for corporate IT organizations to become brokers of technology services that meet the needs and expectations of their organizations’ users by delivering IT with the same speed and agility they expect – and get – in their outside-of-work consumer lives.
Want to Learn More?
- Watch as Logicalis explains the CIO’s shift from “technology-defined” to “services-defined” thinking, then hear CEO Vince DeLuca discuss the transformation in technologies, operational and consumption models needed to create a services-defined experience: http://ow.ly/VAOi0.
- Explore an infographic that examines the shadow IT phenomenon: http://ow.ly/VANGH.
- Download a Logicalis white paper: “Why Every CEO Wants to Lead a Service-Defined Enterprise and Why the CIO Needs to Make it Happen”: http://ow.ly/VAOqX.
Logicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration; data center and cloud services; and managed services.
Logicalis employs over 4,000 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, deploy and manage complex IT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 6,500 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM, EMC, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow on an international basis. It has specialized solutions for enterprise and medium-sized companies in vertical markets covering financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, helping customers benefit from cutting-edge technologies in a cost-effective way.
The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific and is one of the leading IT and communications solution integrators specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.
The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of over $6 billion.
For more information, visit www.us.logicalis.com.
Business and technology working as one
To learn more about Logicalis activities through a variety of social media outlets, click here.