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CIOs seek the path to big strategic goals and objectives, survey shows


Respondents at the IT director level and above at organizations with 1,000+ employees took part in a survey conducted by Red Hat through IDG Research Services. The survey was based around the current and future roles of CIOs. It brought forth some of the obstacles that need to be conquered before true IT and business integration can be acquired. David Deans, managing editor and publisher of the Business Technology Roundtable blog, provides his insight as to how the survey results should be translated:

“The survey results provide insight into the progress IT leaders have made in assuming more strategic roles — as well as into the challenges they continue to face — but also raises fundamental questions about how CIOs can best drive business innovation within their companies.
Moreover, these latest study findings further suggest that getting the business and IT together may take something as fundamental as totally rethinking the roles and responsibilities of the CIO position itself.”

The Results

One of the top five areas of focus for many CIOs and IT executives is “improving IT operations/system performance” and “implementing new systems and architectures.” Putting to the side the daily demands, the survey respondents (45%) also noted their engagement in aligning IT initiatives with business goals. The IT executives were asked what they would like to spend the majority of their time on in the next three to five years, and the results varied:

  • 48% – Competitive Differentiation
  • 42% – Cultivate the IT / Business Partnership
  • 41% – Drive business innovation
  • 35% – Align IT initiatives with business goals
  • 32% – Develop and refine business strategy

The results showed an interesting comparison, 78% of the respondents responded “excellent” or “good” as their knowledge of business. However, when they were asked if their budget available would be able to support the new business ideas, 57% of participants rated their available budget as “fair” or “poor,” and 62% rated their staffing levels as “fair” or “poor.”

Now how does alignment for business/IT come into play? The survey showed that business champions initiate IT projects by approaching IT more frequently (77%). On the other side, it showed 68% believe IT approach business. To further the descriptive nature of the survey, we learn that IT and business only align, working together on new projects, about 16% of the time. It clearly shows the need to push business and IT together in order to change perceptions and meet their full potential.

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About Annaliese Olcott

Annaliese Olcott is a staff writer for CAI's AITS. She is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., majoring in business at Shippensburg University.

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