A recent Logicalis survey found that the overwhelming majority of CIOs and IT leaders worldwide—83 percent—plan to make software-defined solutions part of their wider IT strategy. The data comes from our second-annual Optimal Services Study—a survey of top IT pros spanning 24 countries. IT leaders see software-defined solutions as a vital component in their broader service-defined, enterprise-IT transformations—something many IT organizations are undergoing right now.

Our survey also uncovered some additional interesting trends:

  • 61% of CIOs and IT leaders expect software-defined solutions to impact their IT services and delivery strategies over the next three years.
  • 34% think this will happen in the next two years.
  • 10% anticipate implementing software-defined solutions in the next 12 months.
  • 34% cited “technical skills” as their top priority when recruiting IT staff.
  • The remaining 64% look first at business skills—such as communication, service management and business analysis.
  • 65% are prepared to pay more for the skills required to make the most of software-defined solutions.

The full Optimal Services report, “Establishing the Internal Service Provider,” is available at http://bit.ly/1AZwkqM.

And to find out how have things changed in the past year, check out the press release about last year’s study or download last year’s report, “Embracing a New IT Reality,” at http://ow.ly/EX9ez.

We also invite you watch brief video explaining the Logicalis service-defined experience. You can then download the white paper, “Why Every CEO Wants to Lead a Service Defined Enterprise and Why the CIO Needs to Make it Happen,” at http://ow.ly/EXaVy.