Over half of CIOs fail to see how cloud computing can savethem money despite the reduction of capital expenditure being a fundamentaltenet of the cloud proposition.
Research conducted by BT Global Services and Datamonitorshowed that 53% of CIOS were yet to be convinced that clouds could be a financial benefit to their business, while 57% saidthey were not happy running applications and storing data outside theircountry.
BT claims this means cloud advocates and channels still havea lot of work to do to convince enterprise buyers that clouds are robust enoughto support their demands.
The survey of 2,400 IT users and 270 CIOs, which was carriedout in September across 13 countries, also unearthed further evidence that chronicunderinvestment in IT during the recession is going to return to haunt theindustry.
A quarter of those quizzed said budget cuts have harmedinnovation, with slightly fewer claiming cuts had prevented them from winningnew business.
BT Global Services CEO Hanif Lalani said the researchprovided a “snapshot into the current mindset of global CIOs and seniorexecutives, and should act as a call to action on key issues”.
“In the current climate, CIOs face key decisions about howthey approach the upturn, when it comes, to ensure they thrive. There is a growingconsensus that innovation will be rewarded as we exit the recession,” Lalaniadded.