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Is Your Company Prepared to Thrive or Merely Survive?

When I speak with CIOs about what they're concerned with, I hear a lot of talk about staying competitive by leveraging IT to drive business transformation. In a recent survey of about 100 business leaders, Gatepoint Research found that organizations are turning to vendor-integrated hardware and software solutions to drive business transformation, while simultaneously achieving cost-effective performance, adaptability, and security goals. When asked how IT could better address business needs, respondents indicated that IT has to be integral to the business:

    •    67% of respondents stated that IT has to offer access to business-critical data in real-time
    •    61% say upgrades and new roll-outs have to occur seamlessly, stay out of the way
    •    57% say they must be confident of the system’s security

What do you think about these survey findings? Do they reflect what you're seeing in your own business? To read about the survey in more detail, you can download the Gatepoint Research white paper here.

In addition, I'll be talking on February 4 at 10:00 a.m. PT with Doug Barth, founder of Gatepoint Research and Aaron DeLosreyes, Senior Director of Oracle Technology Practice for Cognizant, about these findings and their implications during a webcast. I hope you can join us - information about the webcast is here: http://ora.cl/WuG.

Harish Venkat is Vice President of the Global Hardware Systems Business Group at Oracle Corporation. Follow him on Twitter @hvenkat1.

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