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Planning anxiety research

Opinion Matters conducted a survey of 700 European IT/data centre managers on behalf of Colt.

The survey showed that the need for more data storage has increased over the last year and is predicted to grow again in the next 12 months. More than three quarters of respondents said their data centre capacity requirement has grown in the last year and 30 per cent said they expect it to increase in the next 12 months.

The pressure is on. As IT managers work to keep pace with the rate of change, the survey sought to uncover the impact that the task of sourcing and managing this capacity has on them.

What did the survey find:

• Security issues and the complexity of the planning process make almost all respondents (90 per cent) feel anxious to the extent that their work is affected.

• IT managers feel their work takes longer than it should, that they worry more than theyshould and that they feel less productive.

This is ‘planning anxiety’.