Do Datacenter and Facility Managers Really Care About Innovation?

The great thing about surveys is that they often confirm what you thought you already knew and every so often they reveal insights that were unexpected.

The great thing about surveys is that they often confirm what you thought you already knew and every so often they reveal insights that were unexpected. Such is theIDC DCIM global survey_infographic-sm - web small case with today’s release of the results of the IDC Global DCIM Survey, sponsored by CA Technologies*. The survey, administered to senior IT and facility managers, measured a variety of issues related to how IT and Facilities are responding to the increased need for faster deployment of new systems while maintaining or reducing costs associated with the datacenter. The ‘not so surprising’ results? There are some serious barriers in the data center. Here are a few examples:

  • 84 % of datacenters have issues with datacenter power, space, and cooling that negatively impacted business operations

  • 57% of datacenter managers consider their datacenters to be inefficient or moderately inefficient

  • 63% do not have a standard set of management tools

There is a bright side, however. These same managers recognize that removing these datacenter barriers can have an impact in their business’ ability to innovate, or perhaps better said, to execute on innovative ideas and projects. How?

A whopping 92% of datacenter managers told us they prefer an integrated datacenter infrastructure management approach.  They believe adopting automation with a DCIM solution, whether it’s in incremental phases or taking a comprehensive deployment strategy, offers the potential to rollout new applications faster, improve customer service levels, and reduce unplanned OPEX allocations. That’s good and it shows that datacenter managers recognize that better management of space, power, space and cooling capacity, assets, and uptime has a direct the link towards greater organization innovation and long-term business success.

Do you feel you’re a steward of innovation? How do you compare with your peers? To find out visit:



*IDC White Paper Sponsored by CA Technologies, “The Datacenter’s Role in Delivering Business Innovation:  Using DCIM to Provide a Common Management Approach,” November 2012


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Jose Mora

Jose Mora is the Sr. Director for Solutions Marketing for CA Technologies Energy and Sustainability…

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