CIOs plan to slash costs in 2002

IT chiefs' top priority for 2002 is cutting costs, according to research published last week by research firm Giga.

IT chiefs' top priority for 2002 is cutting costs, according to research published last week by research firm Giga.

Top of the list of the 10 most important tasks cited by the 200 CIOs interviewed was cutting costs and stabilising outlays in anticipation of better fortunes in the
coming year.

IT departments are increasingly under pressure to align themselves with the business, and this was the second highest priority of those surveyed.

The CIOs said they felt that the ability to provide detailed business justifications and return on investment figures would be the measure of their success.

The third priority was found to be the development of strong IT service delivery. Building a service culture that stresses quality and consistency was seen as a foundation for cost control and raising the profile of IT and the credibility of the CIO.

Priority number four was managing an increasingly complicated sourcing environment. A balance has to be struck between UK and offshore outsourcing and management of suppliers. Managing skills to ensure the correct availability at the right time for projects was priority number five.

Surprisingly, security was only number six in the list, followed by managing enterprise infrastructure and Web integration.

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