Costs and alignment are directors' main concerns

Cost issues and aligning IT with the business are the two main management challenges for the 350 IT directors attending this...

Cost issues and aligning IT with the business are the two main management challenges for the 350 IT directors attending this month's IT Directors Forum on board the cruise ship Aurora.

The topics arose in a pre-event poll of delegates by organiser Richmond Events in February. Staffing, compliance and integration issues are the next three most important management challenges.

Integration also features as the third most pressing technical issue, behind security and mobility.

Budgetary concerns focus on cost reduction, efficiency, management, containment and effectiveness. IT directors revealed an emphasis on cost control rather than gaining more business value from investments.

However, demonstrating value is inherent in the challenge of aligning IT with the business. One respondent said his aim is to get IT strategy on to the board agenda.

Retaining good staff is the biggest skills and staffing issue. One respondent has had to find new ways of handling a 31% reduction in staffing.

Security is cited as a management issue, but it is seen as even more of a technical challenge.

Voice over IP is coming of age, with about 10% of respondents naming it as a technical challenge.

These and other issues will be addressed at the IT Directors Forum on 18-21 May. During the event, Computer Weekly's 500 Club will be hosting a reception for IT directors on board the Aurora.

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Management challenges

  1. Cost reduction
  2. Aligning IT and business
  3. Skills and staffing
  4. Compliance
  5. Integration
  6. Security
  7. Business continuity
  8. Data issues
  9. Growth
  10. Change management

Source: Richmond Events

Technical challenges

  1. Security
  2. Mobile
  3. Integration
  4. Data issues
  5. Voice over IP
  6. Upgrades
  7. Storage
  8. Consolidation
  9. Networking
  10. Wireless

Source: Richmond Events

This was last published in May 2005

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