Ten top challenges for CIOs in 2010
Tough growth, tough decisions
In 2009 we focused on helping CIOs emerge as winners in what have proven to be uncertain times. Cost containment and cash pressures dominated 2009, and successful CIOs managed to drive down spending while making the most of existing assets through balancing business demand.
We are now presented with not just a new year, but a new decade. The key to getting through and beyond what will be another challenging year is to focus on doing the right things to eliminate unnecessary expenditure, while maximising opportunities for growth and building business value. This decade will be shaped by disruptive technologies which act as catalysts for change in the way IT departments deliver service.
For many CIOs there is now an opportunity to help nurture growth where there is genuine business value to be gained. For those organisations able to grow in 2010, tight control of IT spending is still required to facilitate and justify investment. For those whose primary focus is on cost control and cost reduction, it is critical to recognise that focusing only on short term measures may not deliver the magnitude of savings required; and has the potential to damage business value in the long term. Doing the right thing is going to mean more tough decisions, but decisions that will lay the foundation for future growth.
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