Cloud and virtualisation are business technology winners

Five fold increase in those seeing the benefits of IaaS 

Cloud and virtualisation technologies had the biggest positive impact on businesses in the last six months, according to the latest research* from BT Engage IT, one of the IT services divisions of BT Business. 
Of the Chief Information Officers (CIOs) questioned for the third BT Engage IT Technology Index, more than two thirds (68 per cent) said that virtualisation and cloud-based technologies had the biggest positive impact on their businesses in the last two quarters, compared to other technologies. 

In financial services, almost half of CIOs (48 per cent) saw virtualisation as having had the biggest positive impact on their company, whilst this dropped to 36 per cent of companies in the retail, distribution and transport sectors. 

Larger businesses saw the biggest benefit of cloud storage, 20 per cent for those with more than 3,000 employees, compared to 12 per cent for those with 1,001 to 3,000 employees. 

The number of businesses seeing the positive impact of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) has increased five-fold since its appearance in mid-2012 – ten per cent of respondents said that it had the biggest impact on their business compared with two per cent in the last survey. Double the average number of CIOs in retail, distribution and transport businesses (20 per cent) have seen the positive impact of IaaS, compared to just eight per cent in the manufacturing sector. 

Graham Sutherland, managing director, BT Business, said: “Its clear that companies are continuing to use and benefit from cloud and virtualisation technologies. However we’re also seeing the adoption of new technologies such as Infrastructure-as-a-Service across all areas of business. A five-fold increase since the last Index shows that companies are deploying this new model of buying and managing their IT estates and quickly seeing benefits – both in terms of cost savings and ease of management.” 

For more information about how BT Engage IT is working to help customers understand and get the most from the latest technologies, visit www.btengageit.com. 

Notes to editors 
* The BT Engage IT Technology Index (May 2013) is based on independent research conducted by Vanson Bourne in February 2013, commissioned by BT Engage IT, which interviewed 100 CIOs and senior IT decision makers within UK enterprises (1,000+ employees) split across financial services, manufacturing, retail, distribution and transport, and other commercial sectors.