Most CIOs Report 'A Major IT Transformation'

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 04-08-2014 Email Print this article Print

According to a survey by global consulting firm Protiviti, 63 percent of CIOs and IT professionals say "a major IT transformation" is happening in their organizations due to efforts to deliver added value, enhance business performance, and increased security. The Protiviti survey, "2014 IT Priorities Survey," also reveals that the roles of CIOs are shifting from supportive functions and more toward integrated aspects of overall business strategy and operations. "More so than in prior years, IT departments are not only altering their structures, they are transforming their fundamental mission," says Protiviti Managing Director Kurt Underwood. "The IT function's objective is evolving from simply responding to last year's technology requests to helping shape aspects of business strategy." The report is based on 1,100 respondents who include CIOs, IT VPs, and IT directors, most of whom live in North America. More than half the respondents work in public companies and represent all industry sectors as well as private, government, and not-for-profit organizations. To read the report, click here

  • Five Top Challenges IT Professionals Face

    Enhancing and protecting business value: Cybersecurity, Data classification, IT asset and data management, Mobile platforms and social media
    Five Top Challenges IT Professionals Face
  • Enhancing and Protecting Business Value

    CIOs and other IT respondents say the most pressing challenges are aligning and integrating IT risk management and business continuity capabilities with broader, long-term business strategies.
    Enhancing and Protecting Business Value
  • All Eyes on Cybersecurity

    Now more than ever before, a top priority across all industries is managing and strengthening security and privacy for systems and data.
    All Eyes on Cybersecurity
  • Data Classification

    Organizing, managing and securing growing amounts of data within enterprise is also a top priority.
    Data Classification
  • IT Asset and Data Management

    Companies are seeking to improve their data and information government systems and are driven by the increased use of mobile devices and apps. This focus, plus the further integration of the cloud into IT strategy and processes, are pressing challenges.
    IT Asset and Data Management
  • Mobile Platforms and Social Media

    CIOs and other IT professionals agree that even as security-related priorities compete for their time and resources, they also must focus on incorporating secure, integrated systems for mobile commerce and other devices and address social media safeguards and strategies.
    Mobile Platforms and Social Media
  • Prioritized IT Functions

    Respondents were also asked to rank 10 technology categories by level of priority, from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest priority. They consistently ranked topics related to cybersecurity and managing data privacy as "significant priorities" (i.e., greater than 6).
    Prioritized IT Functions
  • Managing Security and Privacy Ranking

    Both developing and maintaining security and privacy standards, and monitoring security events, ranked high at 6.4. Incident response also ranked high with a 6.3 rating.
    Managing Security and Privacy Ranking
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

    This category, as well as developing and maintaining IT disaster recovery plans, and ensuring business alignment, ranked 6.2, the highest for that category.
    Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
  • More Strategic Integration

    In the Defining IT Governance and Strategy category, key performance indicators, monitoring IT costs and benefits, and integration and alignment of IT planning and business strategy received a 6.5 rating.
    More Strategic Integration
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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