IT directors will be expected to manage corporate information more effectively to drive business strategy in the year ahead, according to Gartner.
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Gartner fellow Mark Raskino told delegates at ITxpo that within five years the majority of chief executives would expect their CIOs to drive the push to make better strategic use of information. “Don’t sit back and wait for people to use IT systems, ” he said. “You need to push more data-driven usage in the organisation.”
Raskino warned that although CIOs had deployed datawarehouses to enable businesses to get more out of historical data, many were not being used to their full potential.
As part of a push to get more from company data, Raskino urged companies to rethink how they bought IT equipment to support knowledge workers, since there was a need to invest in making the knowledge worker more efficient.
In particular, Raskino said firms needed to reassess the size of computer monitors they purchased for key knowledge workers. “Too many firms are still acting like PC screens are expensive,” he said.
With prices falling dramatically, Raskino urged CIOs to purchase larger computer monitors as smaller screens were inhibiting staff.
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