The results of a Gartner survey of CIOs released Jan. 18 show that IT organizations around the world are facing increased priorities with “flat IT budgets in 2012.” Worldwide, budgets increased an average of just half a percent, while spending is decreasing in North America and Europe.
The added weight to the 800-pound gorilla on the backs of CIOs is the fact they are being asked to deliver more with less. The survey pulsed more than 2,300 CIOs across 37 industries and 45 countries with a combined IT budget of $321 billion
“In the face of continued economic uncertainty and government austerity, business strategies call for a combination of growth and operational efficiency,” said Mark McDonald, group vice president for Gartner Executive Programs and Gartner Fellow. “Present economic conditions may tempt CIOs to force IT back into cost-cutting mode, but senior executives expect technology — and this includes IT — to address the tough challenges by amplifying enterprise strategies and operations.”
Among the top ranked business priorities (see the chart below) for the companies surveyed is delivering operational results (#5) and improving efficiency (36); and the top 10 technology priorities includes analytics and business intelligence (#1) and IT management (#6). There is a strong focus on combining analytics with other technologies to create new and better capabilities. The Garter survey cited the example combination of analytics and supply chain for improved process management and improvement.
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Top 10 CIO Business and Technology Priorities in 2012
|Top 10 Business Priorities||Ranking||Top 10 Technology Priorities||Ranking|
|Increasing enterprise growth||1||Analytics and business intelligence||1|
|Attracting and retaining new customers||2||Mobile technologies||2|
|Reducing enterprise costs||3||Cloud computing (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS)||3|
|Creating new products and services (innovation)||4||Collaboration technologies (workflow)||4|
|Delivering operational results||5||Legacy modernization||5|
|Improving efficiency||6||IT management||6|
Improving profitability (margins)
|Attracting and retaining the workforce||8||ERP applications||8|
|Improving marketing and sales effectiveness||9||Security||9|
|Expanding into new markets and geographies||10||Virtualization||10|
Source: Gartner Executive Programs (January 2012)