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By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 01-24-2012

Gartner's 2012 CIO Agenda Survey

IT budgets will only rise 0.5 percent worldwide this year, Gartner finds in its survey of 2,335 CIOs.

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Although IT budgets will only increase by a modest amount, CIO budgets, in terms of actual spending, are expected to jump 46 percent this year over 2011 figures.

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So, where will all that cash be heading? According to Gartner, 61 percent of CIOs plan to improve their companies' mobile functions over the next three years.

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Gartner finds that just about every company wants to be "above average" in their respective industries when it comes to mobile functions, and competition could rise significantly this year.

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On the business side, CIOs rank increasing enterprise growth as their top priority, Gartner finds.

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Overall, the second-most-important business priority this year will be "attracting and retaining new customers."

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"Reducing enterprise costs" is the third-most-important priority among CIOs this year, Gartner revealed.

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Not surprisingly, the technology priorities don't quite align with business goals. CIOs say that their top technology priority is "analytics and business intelligence."

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"Mobile technologies" and "cloud computing" are the second- and third-most-important technology priorities this year, according to CIOs.

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Business expansion and security are the least-important priorities for the business and technology sides, respectively, Gartner found in its CIO survey.