The IT Rich Get Richer

 
 
By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 12-09-2013 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Top Business Objectives for CIOs
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    Top Business Objectives for CIOs

    The difference between the two types of companies often comes down to a strategic focus on customers. High Performers: Providing the right information to the right person at the right time., Finding better ways to interact with customers., Delivering new services and products to customers. Other Organizations: Cutting business operational costs., Increasing workforce productivity., Automating core business processes.
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    Looking Beyond IT
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    Looking Beyond IT

    High performers are much more likely to consider future economic, geopolitical, social and business trends. High performers: 50%, Other organizations: 10%
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    Portion of IT Investments Focused on Strategic Business Initiatives
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    Portion of IT Investments Focused on Strategic Business Initiatives

    By a significant margin, high performers tie IT investments to strategic business initiatives. High Performers: 55%, Other organizations: 37%
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    Transitioning to the Cloud by 2015: Infrastructure

    A large percentage of high performers will be managing their own private clouds by 2015.
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    Transitioning to the Cloud by 2015: Development
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    Transitioning to the Cloud by 2015: Development

    No matter how you look at it this transition may take a while.
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    Transitioning to the Cloud by 2015: Applications
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    Transitioning to the Cloud by 2015: Applications

    Transitioning application models to the cloud appears to be a lot more challenging.
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    Effectively Replacing Legacy Architecture Components With Cloud Systems
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    Effectively Replacing Legacy Architecture Components With Cloud Systems

    Even when highly committed this is not as easy as it should be. High performers: 33%, Other organizations: 4%
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    Fully Committed to Dynamic Provisioning External Services
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    Fully Committed to Dynamic Provisioning External Services

    Many still view external services as the competition. High performers: 27%, Other organizations: 2%
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    Unified Virtual Environment With Dynamically Provisioned Services

    This is a high priority going forward for most high-performer IT organizations. High performers: 15%, Other organizations: 1%
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    Committed to Enabling Mobile Transactions:
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    Committed to Enabling Mobile Transactions:

    Most recognize the transformative impact of mobile computing. High performers: 69%, Other organizations: 42%
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    Committed to Mobile App Stores
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    Committed to Mobile App Stores

    Mobile app stores provide a modicum of centralized mobile control. High performers: 54%, Other organizations: 22%
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    Current Information Management Investments
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    Current Information Management Investments

    High performers get more value of IT investments.
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    Business Benefits of IT Investments
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    Business Benefits of IT Investments

    High performers are seeing major benefits to the business.
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    Top Five Skills of a Successful CIO

    High performers have greater mastery of emerging technologies.
 

The gap is widening between those organizations that know how to get the most business value of IT and those that don't view IT as a strategic imperative. The latest version of the annual High Performance IT survey of 202 CIOs conducted by Accenture finds that of the organizations that are high performers, when it comes to using IT to drive the business suggest, most of them are focusing their IT investments on improving customer interactions. In its "High Performers in IT: Defined by Digitial" report, Accenture defines a high performer IT organization using 67 indicators, of which only 13 of the 202 CIOs surveyed were able to meet. By and large, those 13 high performer CIOs are more successful when it comes to employing emerging technologies to create material business advantages. Right now, those high performer IT organizations are squarely focused on mobile computing applications today and making an orderly transition to the cloud computing tomorrow. What's changing now is that as companies continue to evolve into digital businesses, those that master the technologies that enable the business to become digital are starting to enjoy a multiplier effect that will make it hard for rivals to ever catch up.

 
 
 
 
 
Mike Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWeek, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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