Survey: IS managers under more pressure than ever

Information systems managers are being asked to roll out new applications at record speed while maintaining security, responding to unpredictable loads generated by internet business and minimising system downtime, according a survey of 808 senior IS managers worldwide recently carried out by market researcher Find/SVP.

The survey was carried out by Find/SVP on behalf of storage vendor EMC in the US, Europe and Asia.

Key findings of the survey include:

74 per cent of the IS managers surveyed said they are being asked to get applications up and running faster than ever before;85 per cent said their biggest challenge is responding to unpredictable customer demand generated by the internet;73 per cent said there has never been more pressure on the IT infrastructure;77 per cent said that security is a major concern;55 per cent rated system availability as another major challenge;only 34 per cent of the managers felt they had been successful in integrating enterprise-wide applications with internet data.

The top drivers of data growth were cited as internet applications (mentioned by 75 per cent of surveyed IS managers), data warehousing (75 per cent) and implementation of Microsoft's Windows NT (50 per cent).

The need for management and storage of data was underlined by the response that 99 per cent of surveyed organisations need to move data between different computer systems and operating systems such as Unix, NT, and mainframe operating systems.

Driving the need for data movement is transaction processing (68 per cent), backup (48 per cent) and Internet/Web applications (47 per cent).

Security remains the most important Internet management challenge (77 per cent) ahead of disaster recovery (56 per cent), 7 by 24 availability (55 per cent) and integrating different platforms and operating systems (52 per cent), according to the survey.

Senior management now understands the opportunities and challenges of the internet, with 87 per cent of IS managers responding that their company's senior business management is now involved in Internet initiatives.

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