As IT vendors come out with new products and technologies over the coming years, you'll have a lot on your plate as CIO. At its Symposium/IT Expo 2010 in Cannes, France, research firm Gartner identified seven major IT projects that CIOs should consider tackling in the next three years to make sure they stay ahead of the game as technology decision-making moves beyond the confines of the IT organization. (Think cloud computing, enterprise mobility and social networking.) "We're increasingly living, playing and working in a digital world where people will have no alternatives but to become âmore digital' with the assets they have available," says Stephen Prentice, vice president and Gartner Fellow. "Device and data proliferation is also a reality that cannot be escaped." What will set successful CIOs apart from the competition will be their ability to innovate
, to manage risk and compliance and to get the most bang for the company's buck when leveraging new technologies, from cloud computing to pattern-based data analysis. Keeping an eye on cost savings related to environmental compliance and IT will also be a differentiator.