With data volumes growing and infrastructure spending remaining flat, IT departments face real challenges in delivering the business agility that forward thinking organisations need.

As organisations place data at the heart of their operations, the role of IT teams has to shift from a technology-focussed view to becoming a business enabler.

A half-day event, hosted by ComputerworldUK, Fujitsu and Intel, will bring together a number of IT professionals to discuss the challenges of delivering real-time information to support the data-driven business.

One of the speakers, Chris King, programme manager at the Clinical Research Network – part of the National Institute for Health Research – told ComputerworldUK’s sister publication CIO about how the IT department at his organisation is helping to support the wider business.

"People in my team feel that they are being pulled along," he said in an interview published earlier this year, discussing the substantial change agenda at the Clinical Research Network led by CIO Richard Corbridge.

“But we can only do that by understanding roles. Then we can show them how our technology strategy enables them to capture, manage and finance research.


“Then it becomes 'I want that system'. We want to be involved in business cases that change people's roles, so they can do more.”

Achieving these aims is becoming increasingly difficult for IT teams. According to Forrester Research, while data volumes are growing, most storage budgets remain flat, with only a small portion of companies expect to see a 10 percent increase in storage spending in the next 12 months.

Meanwhile a recent survey conducted by IDG on behalf of Fujitsu showed that many customers are unhappy with the service provided by their current supplier on a number of levels – yet remain reluctant to change.

For instance, half of the IT professionals polled do not believe their provider has a clear vision and strategy for the products they are promoting, while only one in five gave their supplier the highest mark for technical support.

The ‘Data driven business in the real world’ event will be held on 31st March at Montcalm Hotel in London’s Marble Arch, showcasing best practices by IT professionals for delivering real business value, as well as discussing the latest data storage practices in the UK and looking at emerging technology trends.

Other speakers include CTO, Thierry Bedos, and University Campus Suffolk director of information technology, Peter O’Rourke.

Data driven business in the real world

Montcalm Hotel, London
Tuesday 31 March
Register here