Cloud research exposes gaps between CIOs and business leaders

We often hear that IT is not aligned with the business, which is a catchall concept loosely meaning that business leaders and IT folks do not understand each other's goals. Although differences in perspective and goals between these groups do exist, the gaps are difficult to measure, quantify, or even describe precisely. Nonetheless, these differences in goals and expectations are real.

A recent survey on cloud adoption presents an interesting view of the perception gap between IT and business executives. Although the survey focuses on issues such as on-premise upgrades and availability of technical resources, the best stuff is buried in a single graphic.

Enterprise performance management vendor, Host Analytics, sponsored the survey (PDF download), by Dimensional Research, which is describes certain drivers of cloud adoption. Although off-center from the survey's primary intent, the following graphic provides a rich source of important data on IT / business alignment in relation to the cloud.