Chief information officers (CIOs) will come under increased pressure in 2006 to deliver for their company’s top and bottom lines whilst they transform their IT organisations to become more externally focused.
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According to a worldwide survey of 1,400 CIOs by analyst Gartner, companies now expect IT to play a significant role in business growth and competitiveness, a shift that will accelerate in 2006.
Gartner surveyed 1,400 CIOs at large companies in more than 30 countries, representing more than £53bn ($90bn) in IT spending.
“The survey results make it very clear that business expectations of IT have changed dramatically and executives are expecting their CIOs to move beyond concerns about cost, security and quality, to help grow the business,” said Gartner analyst Marcus Blosch.
As a result, the survey found that business process improvement - making a company easier to do business with - is the top business priority for CIOs.
In addition, said Gartner, 2006 will see CIOs become more externally focused; helping the business to grow customer relationships, improve competitiveness and increase overall efficiency.