“The window to deliver change and effectively connect people and information won’t always be open,” says Professor Nelson Phillips, professor of strategy and organisational behaviour, Imperial College London. “The report looks to highlight the increasing pressure facing senior decision makers to deliver an ‘always on’ enterprise, something that the research highlights as set to increase further, as customer and staff pressure levels look to increase significantly over the next five years– expectations that must be met if a business is to remain competitive as a place to work and do business with.”
The report also highlights the most important areas to address in resolving the problem of availability. Companies across the UK, France and the Nordics need to think beyond the IT infrastructure, taking into account people, key business processes and changing trends – in particular mobile working and consumerisation of IT – to have a more integrated approach to IT. In addition, the commitment of time and resources from board and senior management comes across strongly in both the report and research findings as essential components in building and managing an available enterprise.
“The positive side to recent, high profile outages is the growing awareness that disruptions can happen to organisations of all sizes at any time,” says, Charles Ward, COO of Intellect. “A business’ reputation can be damaged in a matter of hours, thanks to social media, therefore it is essential that the importance of availability is fully understood.”
“With many CIOs calling for more support from the board and senior management, a top-down approach to enterprise availability would be wise to take,” comments Keith Tilley, UK&I managing director and executive vice president for Europe, SunGard Availability Services. “Senior staff must lead by example and demonstrate the value of having employees, customers and stake holders at every level connected throughout the organisation. Only then can you deliver flexible working processes that respond to the needs of the business.”