CIOs taking back control of IT amid greater cloud adoption

CIOs taking back control of IT amid greater cloud adoption

Chief information officers (CIOs) and chief technology officers (CTOs) are taking a greater level of control of how much money is being spent on cloud computing within their organisation.

That is the main finding of a new report from Verizon, which highlighted that over 80 per cent of cloud spending is now managed by an IT department, with 62 per cent having the direct involvement of the CIO.

It will come as a welcome relief for tech executives across the country, many of which would have previously admitted to having little or no control over how much money was spent on new technology.

A situation developed where developers would happily pay for cloud storage or process power, sometimes without the knowledge of their CIO.

However, it seems that this situation has now been resolved, with IT departments largely working on the same page as the rest of their organisation.

And that can only be a good thing, given the fact that the adoption of the cloud has never been greater, with the same Verizon survey finding that 65 per cent of enterprises are now using the platform.

The report also said that IT departments have managed to develop their skills and now have mechanisms in place to effectively manage procurement, governance, and performance.

It added that this was the only way in which enterprises could effectively establish and obtain the necessary standards needed for compliance, security, reliability, performance, and value for money in such services.

Getting a cloud strategy right will be all the more important given the fact that it is clearly becoming a more important part of operations for many businesses.

However, Steve Ranger, UK editor-in-chief of ZDNet, claims that some firms may struggle more than others.

In a recent column, he said: "It's also worth noting that there will be still be significant elements of the IT infrastructure that won't be moved to the cloud any time soon. While new applications can be designed for cloud few existing workloads can move to cloud without some amount of recoding or reconfiguration which can be too expensive to justify. Companies with an already heavily virtualised infrastructure will probably find it easier."