For the past several years I’ve blogged about the Gartner Executive Program’s January announcement of Global CIO priorities for the coming year. Gartner would survey 2000+ CIOs and publish the findings. The announcement took the form of two lists. The first was a top 10 business priorities. The second was the top 10 technology priorities. My clients and I found these lists useful in understanding where IT leaders focused their brain cycles and budgets.
This year, Gartner went a different direction with their January survey announcement, “Taming the Digital Dragon.”
“Digitalization, the third era of enterprise IT, is beginning, but most CIOs do not feel prepared for this next era.”
Yes, there was a large survey of 2,339 CIOs. Yes, they published a few statistics, such as “51 percent of CIOs are concerned that the digital torrent is coming faster than they can cope and 42 percent don’t feel that they have the talent needed to face this future.” However there are no lists, no trends and no basis for discussion.
What’s my take on this, you ask? Gartner is reaching for newer opportunities in strategy consulting for IT. In the process they are shedding a valuable operationally-focused report around vendor, budget and technology priorities within IT. Hey, it’s their decision what to do. I’m just saying that I miss the previous lists of CIO Priorities.
Bill’s Take on Potential CIO Priorities
My best hunch is that some of the following might be on CIOs’ minds:
|Prioritizing the “new four:” social, mobile, cloud and unstructured data, along side the “traditional three:” people processes and technology|
|Becoming as good at rapidly applying data to decision-making as Google and Amazon|
|Establishing policies to address mobile device proliferation, diversity, management and security|
|Becoming more hybrid and federated across Mobile, Desktop, Cloud and Data Center computing|
|Balancing disruptive innovation with operational predictability|
What do you think about my list? Where do you think valid data will come from? How are we going to have a public discussion of business and technology priorities without first having a rigorous data set? I wish I knew.