Dynamic IT Takes Hold in the Data Center, IDC Says

FRAMINGHAM, MA – June 15, 2005 – Although initially slow to act, IT professionals are starting to recognize the value and importance of dynamic IT (a.k.a. utility computing, adaptive enterprise, on demand, etc.) in the data center. According to a recent IDC survey of IT professionals, one-third of respondents reported that they have adopted a dynamic IT program within their organization.

The emergence of the dynamic IT infrastructure – with its growing number of highly distributed applications, data, and business services – is allowing IT organizations to move away from the costly, unorganized maintenance and deployment of discrete projects, and focus on long-term, strategically positioned architectures that build on existing systems and applications and improve competitive position and time to market. Dynamic IT is now being accepted as a value-based alternative to risky, large-scale data center initiatives and is emphasizing strategies that focus on smaller, multi-phased projects that deliver incremental improvements critical to the business.

"As companies strive to rebuild their post-recession business models, CIOs are under constant pressure to deliver high-quality IT services, improve speed to market, control costs, and improve IT operational efficiencies," said Michelle Bailey, research director for Enterprise Computing. "To meet these often conflicting demands, IT organizations are beginning to embrace dynamic IT as a viable solution." Overall, these more flexible technologies will result in an IT organization that can more easily adapt and support the inevitable changes in evolving business environments.

Key findings from the IDC dynamic IT survey include:

— IT organizations are not expecting a dramatic shift in their dynamic IT spending over the next two years

— IBM has taken the dynamic IT lead in the minds of IT professionals

— IT vendors that address both business and IT requirements will reap the largest rewards

— The shift toward dynamic IT will be a multi-year/multi-decade transition

This study, Dynamic IT for Enterprise Computing: Understanding the Impact of Dynamic IT Infrastructure on the Data Center (IDC #33442), presents the results of IDC's recent survey, Dynamic IT for Enterprise Computing, 2005. The survey was designed to measure the contribution of both business strategy and IT operational efficiency to future data center initiatives.

To purchase this study, please contact IDC Sales at 508-988-7988 or sales@idc.com.

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