IT directors at this week's Gartner Symposium in Cannes will be urged to address complexity in the IT department by using sophisticated portfolio management techniques to prioritise projects.
The analyst group will advise users to focus on eliminating older IT systems and consolidating where necessary to deliver rapid results to the business.
Andy Kyte, a research fellow at Gartner, said users should focus on delivering rapid results in the areas of the business that matter and suggested focusing on one area that would make a big difference, rather than splitting resources across many projects.
"CIOs are suffering from initiative fatigue," he said. "There are too many projects; too many things are competing for resources."
One of the key problems for IT departments is that they support not only new IT systems but also the old systems that the new ones are supposed to replace. Kyte said, "Very few CIOs have a process to remove components from their portfolio."
He recommended users put in place sophisticated portfolio management systems to help them assess all ongoing projects and ascertain why they are running them.