More than nine in 10 IT pros see automation as necessary across the enterprise

94% of respondents polled by IT solutions provider BMC Software say they expect automation to move from IT across the whole business by 2020.

The study, which polled 650 IT decision makers across 12 countries, also found that for three quarters (73%) of respondents, businesses who do not embrace IT automation as an overall strategy within five years will go bust within 10 years.

Looking at enterprise architects in particular, there are plenty of hurdles obstructing their path, with lack of necessary budget cited by two thirds (67%) of respondents, alongside lack of time (51%) and skills (44%). 42% of CIOs said that different business units continue to be conflicted over their objectives, while another 32% expressed the need for tighter organisational alignment. For respondents overall, the top three area of investment priority over the coming two years were containerisation, workload automation and scheduling, and DevOps.

“IT teams must be able to manage the customer value chain in spite of decentralised usage of cloud services,” said Gur Steif, president of digital business automation at BMC. “This is requiring a new level of IT automation to adapt to the challenges posed by increasingly diverse infrastructure, disparate data, and accelerated applications – the critical components of digital business.”

This publication has regularly mused upon how CIOs are adapting to the digital challenge, with a recent missive from Gartner arguing that while those in Australia in New Zealand are coping well compared to their peers, a lack of skills and resources continued to hold them back.

BMC went a step further in its analysis. “BMC believes that without taking a new approach to IT automation, companies will not be able to overcome the budget, skills, and time constraint challenges identified by the survey respondents. Only through new digital-first technologies with automation solutions that support hybrid multi-clouds will CIOs enable their companies to innovate, transform, and accelerate growth by aggressively pursuing a digital agenda that differentiates them from their competitors.”

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