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Future of Digital Infrastructure 2Q21 Agenda Survey: U.S. Enterprise Priorities and Decision Drivers

By: Mary Johnston TurnerResearch Vice President, Future of Digital Infrastructure

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This IDC Survey summarizes selected results from IDC's Future of Digital Infrastructure 2Q21 Agenda Survey, conducted in June 2021. The study considers how United States–based enterprises are making strategic choices about deployment, consumption, and operation of their overall digital infrastructure estate spanning computing, storage, and networking resources as well as infrastructure software, security, and management solutions running in public clouds, dedicated traditional datacenters, private cloud resources, and edge platforms. This IDC Survey examines responses from 254 decision makers with significant control and insight over their organization's critical digital infrastructure decisions.

The survey found that differences in company size and leadership of digital infrastructure decision-making processes can have significant impact on digital infrastructure priorities and investment decisions. Compliance and cybersecurity considerations are important to all organizations, with 68% stating that compliance requirements are important or very important to their decisions about where to deploy specific workloads.

When it comes to making decisions about digital infrastructure investments, IDC's research shows that 42% of U.S. enterprises take an IT-led approach, while 34% prefer a more coordinate, collaborative approach that engages both IT and business stakeholders. Only 24% rely on non–IT led approaches that favor LOB and developer leadership. "The rising complexity of modern digital infrastructure environments is a challenge for many U.S. enterprises," explains Mary Johnston Turner, research vice president, Future of Digital Infrastructure — Agenda at IDC. "Coordinated, collaborative decision-making processes that include both IT and LOB stakeholders help organizations to articulate and fully assess important trade-offs between cost, speed, complexity, and innovation."


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