Kensington’s 2016 Voice of IT report identifies the key trends that are influencing businesses and their IT departments and within this, cloud-based infrastructure is of clear importance to the majority of respondents. According to Forbes, spending on cloud infrastructure as a service hardware and software is predicted to reach $38bn in 2016. With this knowledge, the figures concluded when surveying the rate of adoption of cloud and multi-cloud infrastructure in the US, UK and Australia look only set to rise.

The importance of cloud-based infrastructure in 2016 was a clear finding of the Voice of IT report. Among other priorities for the year ahead – such as OS and hardware updates – the IT professionals who responded to the survey placed investment in cloud-based technology and big data. There were, however, some differences between the three countries when it came to the investment weighting. In Australia, for example, cloud technology appeared to be a higher priority than in the either the US or UK.

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53% of organizations have already moved to cloud-based infrastructure with 43% looking to follow suit. This compares to just 32% of US and UK businesses, trailing Australians who have taken more significant steps to migrate infrastructure. Furthermore, other parts of the survey suggest that this variation in geographical split is a trend set to continue.

To give an example, Kensington asked IT professionals about the factors that are driving the move towards cloud-based infrastructure. Here again, there were notable differences between the three countries. Overall, 68 per cent of respondents said that IT departments were instrumental, with 20 per cent attributing some role to end-users and employees and 42 per cent to executives and management.

While the pattern holds for Australia, the results suggest a great role for both IT managers and end-users in infrastructure migration, with 71 per cent and 33 per cent, respectively. This is consistent with results from other parts of the survey, which tend to show that, in Australia, end-users are playing an important role in the move towards more flexible working environments. Also, though IT is credited with driving implementation of fewer technologies than in the US and UK, it plays a bigger role in cloud-based infrastructure than those in the US and UK.

The importance of cloud-based infrastructure for 2016 and beyond was an area of common agreement. It is ranked along with other key strategic areas like security and budget changes. When asked, for example, to identify the factors that will have the biggest impact on their role in the coming years, IT managers gave the cloud, compliance, regulatory issues and changes in governance. Interestingly, one particular respondent made an interesting link between these areas, expressing concern about “IT budgets being reduced, moving to more consultants and cloud-based systems”.

This raises an important point about the value of IT professionals in the future. As well as revealing a higher rate of implementation of cloud-based infrastructure among Australian respondents, the survey also showed that Australian IT professionals feel more valued than their counterparts in the US and UK. This would suggest, then, that wider adoption of BYOD and the move towards cloud-based infrastructure are compatible with a working environment in which IT professionals are:

i) valued and

ii) contribute towards the growth and success of the business.

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