Cloud tech to alter business model: survey

Irish companies believe moving to cloud computing will change how they do business and create new roles for IT staff in the next three years.

The majority of business surveyed by Cork-based multinational EMC said they will need to create new roles, such as cloud architects, to transform their IT infrastructure, while 50% of companies believe that big data trends will generate a need for data scientists.

EMC’s country manager in Ireland, Jason Ward, said the research showed companies no longer viewed technology as simply a cost-saving measure but as a growth opportunity.

“These findings show that businesses are no longer simply undertaking IT transformation to cut costs but rather using it to actively drive growth,” said Mr Ward.

“By aligning the IT transformation agenda across cloud, Big Data and IT security with the business development model, companies canimplement a fully integrated strategy that accelerates growth.”

The survey, released as part of EMC Forum in Dublin, found that 47% of businesses say increasing revenue is their top business priority, followed by enhancing the customer experience and engagement at 43%, and improving governance and compliance at 40%.

Despite these encouraging results, the top priority for Irish businesses remains data storage and management, closely followed by maintenance of existing software.

EMC said that, despite these traditional concerns, business in Ireland are very aware of the opportunities presented by big data.

Almost half of businesses believe that big data analytics will create the new winners and losers in their industry over the next five years, with 69% of companies in the telecoms sector agreeing most with that statement.

Three out of five businesses said they had either deployed big data analytics tools or plan to consider new analytics tools in the next 12 months.

“As Irish companies become more aware of cloud and big data analytics, they will need to embrace new roles such as data scientists and cloud architects to drive the IT transformation agenda and generate better insights into their markets, customers and products,” said Mr Ward.

“This survey shows that for many businesses in Ireland the journey to IT and business transformation is already well under way.”

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