CIO's influence in Indian enterprises to increase

by CXOtoday News Desk    Oct 30, 2013


The current perception of IT remains positive in India and at the same time the influence of the IT leader or the CIO in the enterprise is increasing, according to VMware’s fourth Annual Cloud Index. The study conducted by Forrester across 12 Asia Pacific countries, reveals that more Indian organizations are turning to IT to help them grow the business in the current economic setup. 

CIO plays a strategic role

According to the study, IT is seen as a change enabler and source of business value for organizations by 85% of the respondents. Moreover, sixty three percent of respondents note that the influence and power of the CIO in their organization had been on the rise.

“Business priorities are clearly shifting at a time when optimism is slowly returning to the Indian economy. Business leaders recognize and expect IT to deliver much more ROI; they want the agility and flexibility to adapt to the dynamics of the marketplace while continuing to lower operating costs,” says T Srinivasan, Managing Director, VMware India and SAARC.

In terms of the top business priorities over the next 12 months, 87% of IT decision makers state that improving the quality and capabilities of their products and 85% believe in addressing the rising expectations of customers and improving customer satisfaction. 

Top IT priorities

In terms of priorities for IT over the next 12 months, improving IT agility and responsiveness to business demands and operational efficiency was noted by every 4 out of 5 respondents. Additionally, server consolidation through virtualization continues to be a strong priority as mentioned by 77% respondents.

Cloud strategies driven by a software-defined approach is expected to significantly impact organizations in the next one year, according to the study, with 71% of respondents showing an interest in software-defined approach to implementing and managing datacenter resources such as servers, storage, networks.  Furthermore, mobility and consumerization of IT was also noted by 71% as expected to create a lasting impact for organizations over the next 2-3 years.

Fast provisioning and zero downtime from networks and storage have been identified as key areas for IT to address over the next 12 months.

As-a-service to grow

The study reveals that nearly 90% respondents in India believe that Cloud Computing, or ‘as-a-service’ approach, is relevant to their organization and nearly 80% believe they currently have a cloud-related initiative in place within the organization, or are planning to implement cloud, or ‘as-a-service’ approach, in the next one year.

IT consumerization gains acceptance

While 71% of IT decision makers are concerned about end users accessing corporate systems and applications from mobile devices, 73% believe that their IT organization  are able to keep up with the end user computing needs of their employees. In fact, 65% claim to already have a formal strategy in place for supporting end user computing clearly showing that Indian businesses are acting to cater to the needs of the new age worker.

“Continued investment and innovation in end-user computing are helping IT organizations free the desktop, redefine the corporate workspace and embrace a new way of working in the mobile cloud era,” says Srinivasan.