The survey of 234 in-depth senior business and IT decision-makers from companies with more than 1000 employees across the UK, France, Germany and Italy found that middle managers in many companies were exerting more control than ever before over the IT decisions made within their individual departments.
The survey, conducted by A Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, found 82% of respondents felt too many stakeholders and influencers, including external consultants, prevented businesses from having a coherent applications strategy. 76% of companies surveyed admitted to lacking an effective applications strategy, despite the fact that 94% recognised that successful, leading companies have a clear and common applications strategy.
David Concordel, director of marketing & strategy at HP Services EMEA, said, "With more stakeholders involved in IT decision-making it is more critical than ever for the CIO to lead and develop an applications strategy."
According to HP, the role of the CIO in leading IT strategy within an organisation would increasingly become more crucial in ensuring enterprises avoid chaos in the future.