If you did not catch the news last week that IBM announced findings from its latest research into what’s on CIO’s minds these days. The study, The Global CIO Study 2009, is titled “The New Voice of the CIO”. This post contains a quick summary of the findings.
The big news is that 83% of the survey respondents identified business intelligence and analytics – the ability to see patterns in vast amounts of data and extract actionable insights– as the way they will enhance their organizations competitiveness. With an increased focus on data analytics, the survey also revealed that data reliability and security have emerged as increasingly urgent concerns, with 71 percent of CIOs planning to make additional investments in risk management and compliance.
As the role of the CIO itself transforms so do the types of projects they lead across their enterprises, which will allow CIOs to focus less time and resources on running internal infrastructure, and more time on transformation to help their companies grow revenue. CIOs are transforming their infrastructure to focus more on innovation and business value, rather than simply running IT.
- 76% of CIOs are undergoing or planning virtualization projects, mostly in an attempt to lower energy costs.
- 76% of CIOs anticipate a movement towards centralized infrastructures in the next five years.
- Slightly more than half are expecting to implement completely standardized, low-cost business processes.
- CIOs focus 55% of their time on activities that drive innovation and growth, whereas traditional IT tasks like infrastructure and operations management now make up only 45 percent.
CIOs also identified the top eight emerging IT project areas, including
- Business intelligence and analytics
- Virtualization and green IT
- Service oriented architectures (SOA)
- Service management
- Cloud computing
- Mobility solutions
- Unified communications
- Collaboration, social networking tools, and Web 2.0 projects
About the Study: The Global CIO Study 2009 is perhaps the largest face-to-face survey of CIOs ever conducted. 2500 CIOs from 78 countries, 19 industries, and organizations of every size were interviewed. The research was conducted over a four month period from January to April 2009. The full 2009 CIO Study, podcasts and video interviews about the study are available at www.ibm.com/ciostudy.