CIOs Spell Out IT Priorities But Most Say They Lack Resources

Only 10 percent of "digital leaders" feel their organization has enough resources to address the management issues and IT trends that their company has prioritised, according to the annual digital leaders survey from BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

By Antony Savvas
Thu, January 09, 2014

Computerworld UK — Only 10 percent of "digital leaders" feel their organization has enough resources to address the management issues and IT trends that their company has prioritised, according to the annual digital leaders survey from BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

More than half of the digital leaders/CIOs surveyed (57 percent) said they needed enhanced IT skills among their existing workforce, 48 percent required additional IT staff that are "suitably qualified", and 37 percent wanted a bigger budget.

Adam Thilthorpe, director of professionalism for the Institute, said: "These results reinforce the impact IT has on business today. The digital leader or CIO needs the right people with the right skills to enable an organization to improve productivity, increase efficiency and maximise competitive advantage in the marketplace."

The survey also reveals that business change is high on the agenda for 2014. Digital leaders were asked what they considered to be their organization's top three management issues over the next 12 months. In the survey 64 percent rated business transformation and organizational change as a priority, followed by strategy and planning (49 percent) and operational efficiencies (47 percent).

Respondents, which numbered 325, were also asked what they considered to be their organization's top three IT topics or trends for the next 12 months, with 57 percent rating mobile computing, followed closely by information security (53 percent) and cloud computing (49 percent).

"More organizations are realising that such technological developments can potentially benefit their business, help increase productivity and ensure business continuity," said the Institute.

The survey also asked leaders to look further ahead and consider the priorities for their organizations for the next three to five years - these were information security (55 percent), cloud computing (48 percent) and big data (47 percent).

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