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Gartner: By 2012, 20 percent of businesses will own no IT assets

posted 11 Feb 2011, 07:40 by Iain McLaren
In a list of predictions for 2012 published recently by Gartner, the world's leading information technology research and advisory company, they believe that 20% of businesses will not own their IT assets by 2012. That's next year!

12-18 months ago, I'd have found this hard to believe, but there have been a number of key developments that may make this prediction a reality.

The financial crisis has made businesses re-evaluate their IT spending model. They no longer want to throw money a semi-random cap-ex projects, preferring instead to see an understandable revenue spend that will be completely predictable if they suddenly, or gradually, increase their number of staff or grown their business.

For example, knowing that every new employee will cost a certain amount to provision IT facilities for allows them to plan their strategy accurately, rather than having to buy new servers when they suddenly, and often unpredictably, reach capacity.

Providing workers with mobile access to their applications and data is now the norm, rather than the exception. Workers rights and expectations mean that employers are often driven to provide expensive remote access solutions, along with laptops and access tokens. By leveraging workers' home IT equipment - PCs, laptops, or tablet devices - and committing to a cloud-based strategy, they can reduce the cost of this burden. And if workers can use their laptops and tablets at home, why not let them use them in the office? It is becoming increasingly popular to pay workers an IT allowance to either buy or use their own personal IT equipment within the office, which they invariably treat with more respect than something given to them. [Link]

With the boom in internet connectivity, it is now possible to have your company data in the cloud. Although it is always recommended to have a small NAS-type device (or similar) locally, the days where you need to buy servers and replace or upgrade them regularly appears to be coming to an end. By utilising hosted services, businesses can grow their allocated storage at the same rate at which their data volume grows, and only pay for what they use.

With these few points in mind, it is easy to see Gartner's point of view.