Over the last few years, IT cost reduction has been a key priority for CIOs as they were forced to balance IT spend against decreasing IT budgets.
This year’s survey results show a positive turnaround, with enabling accelerated business change and growth now seen as the top priority on the CIO agenda. This reflects other positive indicators that IT is now perceived as an enabler of growth.
IT cost reduction remains a high priority in the public sector and financial services sector, which face further decreases in IT budgets as they continue to adjust to the fallout from the economic crisis. Mandatory programmes such as security and compliance remain other key priorities.
Enterprise mobile and cloud computing, which were identified as enablers of business innovation and growth, appear to be gaining in importance this year. The gap between enterprise mobile and mandatory spend priorities such as regulatory reporting is closing with the former only slightly behind on the CIO agenda.
The survey results show adoption of cloud computing and enterprise mobile increasing substantially year on year as CIOs meet the demands for business change by embracing and leveraging the technology at their disposal.
Big data, a topic which was added to the survey for the first time this year, is the lowest priority for CIOs. This could reflect its position as a maturing technology which CIOs are still understanding how best to harness to realise value for their organisation.
Key trends in CIO priorities from 2011 to 2013