Gartner survey examines CIO agenda in the enterprise

A global survey of CIOs by analyst house Gartner has revealed that mobile technology is forecast to be the most disruptive technology in the enterprise over the next 10 years.

The study, entitled ‘Hunting and Harvesting in a Digital World’ and produced by Gartner Executive Programs, polled over 2000 CIOs amounting to over $230bn (£143.6bn) in IT budgets. And according to the CIOs polled, mobile has a huge part to play in disrupting the current IT landscape.

It’s perhaps unsurprising, but it’s worth noting that mobile was cited by seven out of 10 CIOs; far ahead of big data and analytics (55%), social media (54%) and public cloud (51%).

Interestingly, however, mobile is not the top technology priority of 2013. Instead, CIOs said analytics and business intelligence was the most important element. Mobile came in second, with cloud computing, collaboration and workflow technologies, and legacy modernisation rounding off the top five.

The survey noted the difference between technology and business priorities, and in terms of issues facing their companies, CIOs plotted what needed to be sorted out this year.

The results were similarly unsurprising, with increasing enterprise growth cited as the top business priority for 2013 – of course, who wouldn’t want more enterprise growth this year?

Elsewhere, delivering operational results was the number 2 priority for CIOs, with reducing enterprise costs, attracting and retaining new customers, and improving IT apps and infrastructure completing the top five.

Mark McDonald, group vice president and Gartner Fellow, said of the findings: “In a world of change, it is concerning that around half of CIOs surveyed do not see IT’s enterprise role changing over the next three years.

“CIOs know that the future rests in not repeating the past, but in extending IT by hunting and harvesting in a digital world,” he added.

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