The top IT business priority is security but the emerging trend of mobility now outranks ICT spending reduction, and is viewed by CIOs as a critical priority.
In new findings from research of the Australian ICT market, research firm Telsyte, CIOs and IT decision makers are placing emerging technologies like mobility and cloud computing on their list of top IT business priorities in addition to the traditional “pain points” of security, business intelligence (including big data) and skills development.
Telsyte says that mobility, ahead of ICT spending reduction, is the top priority for nine percent of the 800 CIOs and IT decision-makers interviewed, with 21 per cent deeming it “critical”, while BI and skills development are seen as critical priorities by 11 and 10 per cent of CIOs respectively.
“With mobility in the top five of critical priorities, CIOs are responding to demands from the business as well as a mobile-empowered workforce and this will only increase in 2013,” Gedda says.
“Cloud computing is now viewed as a higher priority than IT infrastructure upgrades and unified communications.”
Gedda said these latest findings would be followed by more findings with the launch of the Telsyte Business Technology Strategy (BTS) CIO subscription program.
He said the new program was an Australian-focused IT research resource available online and on-demand, which provided 24x7 access to more than 500 research data points on the use of IT within Australian enterprises, and could be used for decision support information, ICT strategy and planning, IT education, and insights to keep up with emerging technologies.
According to Gedda, whether CIOs are looking at ways to streamline business processes or negotiating better deals with vendors, they can use Telsyte’s local IT research to their advantage, by keeping up with new products and services, benchmarking their internal IT operations and for negotiating better deals.
Gedda said the main coverage areas of the BTS program, available to CIOs for an annual subscription including analyst advisory time, were infrastructure and cloud, enterprise communications, applications and software, workforce mobility, IT security, end-user computing, enterprise social media and IT services and management.
“The online portal provides searchable, unique Australian data available on-demand to facilitate internal decision support, ICT strategy and planning, IT education, and insights to keep up with emerging technologies.”