A recent study has taken a carefully considered look at small and medium-sized companies in France, Germany and the UK and found: Decision-makers worry whether their current IT can keep pace with the development of market and legislative requirements. This leads to the conclusion: IT needs to be simple and less complex. That’s the order of the day!

Many challenges at once

Respondents were among other things pessimistic whether their IT infrastructure is able to cope with the rapid development of cloud technologies, integration of mobile devices and in particular growing volumes of data and compliance requirements. With this finding, the IT industry’s ears should be ringing – because, take note: The questions were not asked of just anyone, but respondents were IT managers and professionals in companies with 25 to 5,000 employees. Thus, people who know their IT environment precisely and the tasks that lie ahead for them.

Less complexity, more speed, please!

The trend is developing in the direction of data-driven, fast-changing business processes. Although we have known this for some time, we still cannot overemphasize it: Agile IT models and flexible structures are in demand. It is necessary to purge IT environments, better tune individual processes and IT components and at the same time disentangle them in order to shorten development as well as roll-out times.

Co-design now

Of course, the survey also points to something good: It shows there is a huge market for investments in a more agile IT and IT applications that meet the requirements of modern businesses. That are simple and really scalable. That promise faster time-to-market and simplified implementation processes. Where collaboration and compliance remains not only a marketing phrase.

Especially in terms of compliance, the pressure to act under which IT managers suffer, is revealed very clearly. 63 percent of respondents believe they cannot meet future compliance requirements with their current systems. This is a significant operational risk. Investments in IT are necessary. Anything else would be a gameva banque, which companies cannot afford.

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