Cloud computing services (60 percent), business intelligence (51 percent), and business
process management (51 percent) are among the leading technology priorities of interest to
IT professionals in the coming year, according to an exclusive survey among 797 CIO.com
visitors involved in technology purchases at their organizations. The survey, conducted
earlier this summer, also finds more IT buyers interested in cloud computing services and
open source technologies than last year. Six out of 10 respondents count cloud services
among the infrastructure technologies on their radar (36 percent) actively researching (24
percent), up from 46 percent in a similar survey conducted in November, 2008. Open source
technologies are on the radar screens or under investigation for nearly half of IT buyers
surveyed (48 percent), up from 37 percent eight months ago.
When it comes to green IT initiatives, fewer than one-third of the IT buyers we surveyed
(31 percent) currently have any programs addressing energy efficient IT in effect. Thirty
seven percent are starting to address the issue while nearly a third of respondents (32
percent) have no plans for energy efficient IT programs.
Hardware Infrastructure, ERP and Mobile/Wireless Upgrades Planned for Year Ahead
The survey also asked IT professionals which technologies they are currently implementing or
planning to upgrade in the next year. More than half of survey respondents are currently
implementing (27 percent) or planning upgrades (24 percent) to their hardware
infrastructure. Server virtualization (26 percent), collaboration tools (21 percent) and
content/document management applications (21 percent) also rank among the most frequently
cited technologies IT buyers are in the process of implementing while roughly one in five IT
buyers are planning upgrades to their ERP (21 percent) and mobile/wireless (20 percent)
applications. To register for complete survey results click here.