Every year for the past 20 years, CIO has celebrated 100
organizations (and their people) that use information
technology in innovative ways to deliver business value. This
anniversary year we took it a step further, identifying 100
CIOs who not only innovated but also transformed their
enterprises through IT, creating competitive advantage by
optimizing business processes, improving customer relationships
and enabling growth. And how did they do all that good stuff?
We surveyed our CIO 100 honorees to see what they have in
common—what made them winners and leaders in the
marketplace. Check out these statistics and see how you
Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of our winners reported
that their IT budget increased over last year. Only 18
percent said their budget declined, and 20 percent stayed
Forty-three percent said their IT department’s
headcount increased over last year. Only 16 percent said
headcount decreased, while 41 percent stayed level.
The vast majority (78 percent) of CIO 100 honorees said
that IT is coleading innovation initiatives with business
executive sponsors. One in five (21 percent) maintained
that IT is leading innovation initiatives
Over half reported that a dedicated team within the IT
department is responsible for vetting emerging technologies
that might contribute to business innovation.
Nearly all (99 percent) of the winning CIOs said that
some portion of their role is focused on bringing ideas for
IT-enabled business innovations to the table.
The top five technologies this year’s honorees
said they plan to leverage in the coming year to support
innovation are virtualized servers, business
intelligence/data mining, enterprise portals, wireless, and
So, how do you stack up?
Join me in congratulating the CIO 100 Class of ’07,
and I hope to see you celebrating in grand fashion at the CIO
100 Symposium and Awards Ceremony Aug. 19 to 21.