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An independent study of 200 UK organisations, commissioned by
, shows that many British businesses will struggle to create the right IT platform for survival.
The study of 200 senior IT personnel with between 200 and 1,000 employees found that SMBs are facing daunting, often business-defining IT decision making. According to the survey, the way the majority of businesses buy, deploy and manage software and infrastructure systems is not sustainable.
Almost half (48 per cent) of SMBs say their budget is simply not enough ‒ meaning they're not able to fully provision for the needs of the business. Amongst respondents, just one in three (33 per cent) were able to support the growth of their organisation throughout the economic recovery, and only 38 per cent say that their IT delivers any sort of competitive advantage.
Jeff Ready, the CEO of Scale Computing, said: "The old IT saying goes that you won't get sacked for buying 'the big name brand.' The worrying thing as an IT manager in an SMB is that while you might not get sacked for buying the big established brand, will you have a job at all?”
Ready argued that “too many SMBs don’t have the budget to develop the infrastructure they need to operate - let alone grow. Leveraging non-proprietary technology and simplified infrastructure allows for IT to enable their business and not waste time on maintaining infrastructure."
The majority of IT leads in SMBs (57 per cent) believe that they could achieve more within their organisation with more resources, and the lack of IT department resources prevents their team from driving new developments or special projects.
One of the biggest concerns for these IT decision makers is the complexity of managing their estate, not because of the technical knowledge required, but instead because of the procurement challenges. Over two thirds (69 per cent) consider their job demands more ‘multi-vendor management’ and navigation through the associated complexity than it does being the ‘IT guy.’ Strategic improvements to the business often don’t even figure in the equation.