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IT buyers admit to purchasing tech their infrastructure cannot support

Pure Storage research explores obstacles organisations are facing in the race to adopt emerging technologies
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12 May 2023

A new report identifying the obstacles organisations across industries face in today’s digital economy while on the path to modernisation, and the investment priorities they are focused on to support business growth.

The new report from Pure Storage with Wakefield Research found the need to evolve from legacy infrastructure in order to reap the full benefits of emerging technologies investments.

The survey of 500 IT buyers at companies of more than 500 employees across the US and Europe, found that more than half of IT buyers are prioritising AI/machine learning and sustainability technology investments. IT buyers have cited that their top investments planned for the next five years are AI/machine learning (52%) and sustainable technology (51%). While less than half (46%) predict they will invest in infrastructure automation or orchestration.




Meanwhile nine in 10 IT buyers admit to buying tech their infrastructure could not support. An overwhelming 90% of IT buyers stated that the pressure of their digital transformation agenda led them to buy technology their infrastructure could not support – and 74% say this resulted in being unable to deploy new technology to leadership’s full expectations.

It also found that IT buyers continue to feel pressured to invest in new technologies. More than three in five IT buyers (62%) feel pressured all the time or often to make decisions on purchasing technology based on current needs without fully exploring the consequences of these decisions in the longer term. While 66% expect increased scrutiny on purchasing decisions over the next five years.

Nearly all IT buyers plan to modernise IT infrastructure to drive meaningful outcomes, it found. Nearly all survey respondents (99%) plan to modernise their IT infrastructure to better support future technology investments over the next five years, of which 73% are planning significant upgrades. The top areas of IT infrastructure in need of updates to better support adopting new technology include network and security (58%), data management or storage (52%) and data centre facilities (50%).

Digital transformation has accelerated at lightning speed, bringing an unprecedented need for IT modernisation. In the face of economic headwinds, IT teams are still focused on operationalising and supporting new digital initiatives, but with the added pressure of tighter budgets and lower staffing levels.

Shawn Rosemarin, vice president, R&D and customer engineering, Pure Storage, said: : “Investments in emerging technology such as AI and Machine Learning are exciting ventures for organisations interested in gaining a competitive edge, but without a modern IT infrastructure foundation the long-term success of these investments is at critical risk. The findings in our report show how agile IT leadership will need to continue to challenge legacy infrastructure solutions in order to simplify their core structure, in turn driving significant efficiency and flexibility to fuel their future.” 

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