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New research projects - April 2017

By El Cook |
New research projects - April 2017

Cohesity Back Up Management

This is the first time we’ve worked with Cohesity, an organisation that consolidates secondary storage silos onto a hyperconverged, web-scale data platform that spans both private and public clouds. This particular project was performed as part of our omnibus service, which allowed Cohesity to ask a single question to senior IT decision makers about pain points experienced by organisations when backing up data.

Cohesity’s press release which explores the results in detail can be accessed here.

Avanade IT Modernisation

At the end of March, Avanade, a provider of digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences delivered through the Microsoft ecosystem, launched a campaign based on research we delivered to them at the start of the year.

This particular project spoke to 800 senior IT decision makers from the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Japan and Australia about IT modernisation. Is it linked to the success of their digital transformation journeys? What challenges have they encountered? And how they can achieve it?

Avanade have produced a full report. Some key findings included are:

  • Businesses can expect 14% revenue boost from modernising IT systems
  • 65% believe the typical systems and approaches to IT in use today are not adequate to address the emerging digital business requirements
  • 93% agree that both a predictable approach to optimise core systems and an exploratory approach to innovate the business are both needed simultaneously. Appropriately, more than half already expect to implement robotic process (56%), intelligent (61%) or cognitive (59%) automation technologies (including AI) in the next three years
  • 87% indicate that their organisation is planning to implement vendor-provided cloud stacks to integrate their on-premises data centre with public cloud. However, almost half are still running the majority of their custom applications on premise
  • 93% believe that business ROI benefits must be included alongside IT benefits to justify the need for modernisation
  • 87% are convinced that their organisation’s executives don’t fully appreciate the potential ROI of IT modernisation projects

Apricorn Mobile Working

Apricorn is a manufacturer of software-free, hardware-encrypted USB drives, and we worked with them in January this year to explore mobile working in enterprise organisations. The research finds that:

  • 29% of surveyed organisations have already experienced either a data loss or breach as a direct result of mobile working
  • 70% agree that securing corporate data is an ongoing battle
  • 48% say employees are one of their biggest security risks

To see Apricorn’s full press release about the research, click here.


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