SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, Jul 15, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) —
a leading provider of powerful and
affordable IT performance management software, today released the
results of a survey which suggests that the Internet of Things (IoT)
poses significant challenges and complexity for Australian IT
departments. The survey of 200 Australian IT decision makers
highlights concerns over a lack of IT skills, security issues and
growing network complexity as the key challenges for organisations
looking to adopt IoT technology in the next three to five years.
The study explored current level of preparedness for Australian IT
departments to meet the complex challenges and opportunities created
by the IoT. While nearly 60 percent of respondents said that more or
different IT skills will be required as devices and robots become
more intelligent, close to three quarters (73 percent) feel the
workforce is currently ill-equipped. Insufficient skills was also
named as the top barrier to the uptake of IoT technologies (30
percent), with 44 percent of respondents also agreeing that staying
current with technology is the number one challenge impacting their
work in the next three to five years.
A 2015 study by Deloitte Access Economics revealed that Australia
will need an extra 100,000 information and communications technology
workers by the end of the decade. Employment in the ICT sector is
expected to grow by 2.5 percent per year until 2020, higher than the
economy at 1.6 percent.(1)
The Australian IT skills gap is not the only challenge facing IT
decision makers; respondents also cited that maintaining security (42
percent) and growing network complexity (38 percent) among the
challenges that will most impact their work in the next three to five
When exploring challenges specific to the IoT, IT decision makers
named network performance to support a growing number of clients and
faster internet speeds among their top concerns. With nearly half of
Australian IT departments already spending more than 10 hours a month
on managing IP addresses (47 percent), the findings suggest more
needs to be done to prepare the Australian IT workforce to meet the
demands on the IT department accelerated by the IoT.
Joel Dolisy, CIO/CTO, SolarWinds, says IT professionals must be armed
with not only the skill, but also the tools needed to maximise
opportunities created by the IoT and empower their organisations to
embrace even greater efficiency, cost-savings and agility.
“As networks become increasingly complex, maintaining visibility and
control over those networks and the full application stack becomes
more difficult. Network monitoring and management is a critical
component of a successful IoT environment and as a result, a
necessity for organisations looking to harness the potential of new,
smart and interconnected technologies or to manage the new IT
reality. Businesses need to arm IT professionals with the skills and
capability needed not only to maintain visibility over the growing
number of connected devices, but also to pinpoint potential IT
infrastructure issues in order to minimise impact to the networks and
application performance and keep up with the growing expectations of
their company workforce,” said Dolisy.
IT decision makers also highlighted several opportunities driven by
the IoT including, improved capabilities for remote maintenance (39
percent), security management (32 percent) and the ability to offer
high-margin personalised services (27 percent) to stakeholders.
Other Key Findings
-- Nearly 80 percent of organisations with 200 or more employees feel the IoT will make their network management more complex (77 percent). -- More than half of all organisations believe that security is essential to overall network management in an IoT environment (51 percent), followed by network monitoring and management capability (39 percent) and IP address automation (32 percent). -- Close to half of all organisations believe users will have the same level of expectation of device performance in an IoT environment (48 percent). Nearly a quarter believe user expectations will be higher in the IoT (23 percent).
“While there is widespread consensus about the transformative potential
of the IoT, most organisations are not doing enough to prepare.
Businesses need to be ready for more acceleration in additional users
and Internet-enabled devices connected to the network as well as the
resulting deluge of data and increased demands on bandwidth, security
systems, storage, and application performance. By ensuring their IT
departments are ready to meet these demands, organisations can usher
in new levels of efficiency, productivity and convenience for
employees and customers,” said Dolisy.
The findings of this report are based on an Internet of Things (IoT)
survey fielded by SolarWinds in June 2015, which yielded responses
from 200 IT decision makers in Australia from small, mid-size and
enterprise companies. Full survey results are available upon request.
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