CIOs tech priorities for 2011

Even with shrinking IT budgets – as forecast by a Gartner survey – cloud computing is set to be the top technology priority in 2011.

In the survey, covering 2,014 chief information officers (CIOs) from 50 countries and 38 industries, overall there is expected to be only a one per cent rise, whilst the UK was shown to actually have a shrinking IT budget.

As a result of budget issues for enterprise IT departments cloud computing has risen to top priority globally. Dave Aron, a Gartner VP, said, “This was confirmed when we asked how soon more than half of their business transactions would be conducted over IT platforms in the cloud.”

43 per cent of CIOs expected to be using cloud-based IT platforms within 24 months, 31 per cent said five years – although nearly a quarter of CIOs rejected the prospect. Virtualisation is the second priority and the likely candidate for being farmed out across the IT landscape – mainly because it is seen as more mature than cloud. Mobile comes in third.

“CIOs are very keen to do whatever they can in terms of reducing the cost and management time involved in maintaining IT infrastructures to help their businesses to win,” he said. Aron points out that IT Strategy needs to be doing more than just being aligned to generic business goals – and it appears well over half of CIOs recognise this.

Aron’s advice to CIOs was to avoid pigeon holing IT teams in roles – rather look at IT skills, business knowledge and behavioural capabilities. Hopefully future skills gaps can then be met cost effectively.

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Chris Baker is the Global Sales and Marketing Director responsible for the expansion of Calsoft Enterprise Solutions internationally. Formerly co-owner of acquired business, Inatech, Chris has been responsible for developing and promoting the company’s position as a specialist in Oracle solutions within the global IT industry. Chris co-founded Inatech in November 2002 merging with Calsoft in 2008. In a career spanning 23 years, Chris has held influential positions at Accenture, Easams, and Marconi. He was a Member of the Oracle UK Consulting Board during his time at Oracle Corporation UK, where he spent 15 years. Chris has a Higher National Diploma in Computing Studies from Farnborough College with distinction.

  • Patrick Starck

    Patrick Starck, CA Technologies EMEA Chairman: I fully agree that just aligning IT and Business will not be enough, we need to look at Business and IT/Technologies convergence.
    Successful CIO will leverage the cloud to define new way to engage with Business. “New CIOs” have an understanding of the business mission and a grasp of the technologies that enable it. And so he will transform the old promise of IT and Business alignment into Business and Technologies convergence.