March 03, 2011, 10:43 AM — CIOs have a tough year ahead with the consumerization of IT and virtualization set to force IT leaders to rewrite their business plans, four vendors have claimed.
Speaking at a technology journalist conference on the Gold Coast, managing director of VMware Australia New Zealand (ANZ), Paul Harapin, group executive of Fujitsu, Cameron McNaught, Dimension Data's general manager of virtual data centers, David Hanrahan, and Citrix's ANZ vice president, Peter Brockhoff, agreed that CIOs are facing an uphill battle.
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"Almost every CIO says their CEOs want [to use] their iPad [in the enterprise]," VMware's Harapin said. "The CIO is siting there pulling their hair out asking how do they adapt when they've locked down their systems and servers?"
For Citrix's Peter Brockhoff, the consumerisation of IT means flexibility on behalf of CIOs when it came to employees choosing devices.
"84 per cent of organizations will support corporate apps on mobile devices now and the largest benefit is receiving those apps," he said. "The 'bet and dictate' approach is not a sustainable strategy."
Dimension Data's Hanrahan agreed that consumer-centric products in the enterprise are driving change.
"The consumerization of IT is radically changing the investments that CIOs have to make," Hanrahan said.
"...It's changing the way it delivers technology in the enterprise."
Hanrahan went on to say that CIOs will need to change business plans to reflect the rise of cloud computing.
"Virtual cloud is here in 2011 and CIOs are going to have to redo their entire roadmap," he said.
Fujitsu reafirmed their investment to the cloud, with McNaught revealing that the vendor would make the ANZ region the first outside Japan to gain access to SaaS suite, CRM and unified technologies.
"We see cloud as a new way to consume IT," McNaught said. "...It's a revolution rather than an evolution in the sector."