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Technology Priorities for CIO’s

Technology Priorities for CIO's - Tech Budgets On the Rise For Past Five Years

The CIO Tech Poll from IDG was conducted to gauge determine technology priorities for CIO’s.  Specifically, what technology areas will be the focus of IT leaders and to gauge the direction and level of spending within those categories.

Technology Priorities for CIO’s – Tech Budgets On the Rise For Past Five Years

CIO’s were asked, will your overall IT budget increase, decrease or remain the same in the next 12 months compared to the past 12 months?

November 2016 Responses

  • 56% believe the budgets will increase
  • 31% believe the budgets will remain the same
  • 13% believe the budgets will decrease

November 2015 Responses

  • 53% believe the budgets will increase
  • 35% believe the budgets will remain the same
  • 12% believe the budgets will decrease

Technology Priorities for CIO’s – Predictive Analytics and Disaster Recovery Top Tech Initiative Spending Increases

When CIO’s were asked, will your spending for each of the following technology initiatives increase, decrease or remain the same in the next 12 months compared to the past 12 months, CIO’s responded:

Tech Spending Will Increase

  • Predictive analytics: 52%
  • Business continuity/disaster recovery: 51%
  • Hybrid cloud: 47%
  • Mobile devices: 46%
  • AI (Artificial intelligence): 46%
  • Data management/storage: 46%
  • Public cloud: 42%
  • Private cloud: 40%
  • Internet of Things: 39%
  • Machine learning/cognitive systems: 37%
  • Virtualization, storage: 37%
  • Virtualization, server: 37%
  • Virtualization, desktop/application: 37%
  • Co-location services: 34%
  • SDN: 25%
  • Software defined WAN:23%

Tech Spending Will Decrease

  • Virtualization, server: 51%
  • Co-location services: 48%
  • Virtualization, desktop/application: 47%
  • Virtualization, storage: 46%
  • Data management/storage: 44%
  • Business continuity/disaster recovery: 43%
  • Mobile devices: 41%
  • Hybrid cloud: 39%
  • Software defined WAN:38%
  • Private cloud: 38%
  • Public cloud: 35%
  • SDN: 34%
  • Predictive analytics: 25%
  • Machine learning/cognitive systems: 24%
  • AI (Artificial intelligence): 20%
  • Internet of Things: 19%

Technology Priorities for CIO’s – BI/Analytics and Security Top App/Operating Platform
Spending Increases

When CIO’s were asked, will your tech spending for each of the following applications/operating platforms increase, decrease or remain the same in the next 12 months compared to the past 12 months, CIO’s communicated:

Tech Spending Will Increase

  • Business intelligence & analytics: 71%
  • Projects to secure enterprise information assets: 59%
  • CRM: 47%
  • Mobile enterprise apps: 46%
  • Business process management: 38%
  • Marketing automation: 37%
  • HR software: 36%
  • Enterprise mobility management: 35%
  • ERP: 32%
  • Windows 10 deployment: 31%
  • Social/collaboration tools: 30%
  • Supply chain: 26%
  • Open source: 19%

Tech Spending Will Decrease

  • Open source: 55%
  • ERP: 51%
  • Social/collaboration tools: 50%
    HR software: HR Software: 49%
  • Supply chain: 48%
  • Enterprise mobility management: 46%
  • Business process management: 46%
  • Windows 10 deployment: 45%
  • Marketing automation: 40%
  • CRM: 39%
  • Mobile enterprise apps: 36%
  • Projects to secure enterprise information assets: 31%
  • Business intelligence & analytics: 22%

Technology Priorities for CIO’s – Spending With New Tech Companies Increasing

Spending with New Tech Companies in the Next Year

When CIO’s were asked, how do you expect the percentage of your organization’s spending with newer technology companies (for example, Slack, ThoughtSpot, PernixData) will change during the next year:

  • 41% expect an increase
  • 30% are not sure
  • 27% communicate no change
  • 3% predict a decrease

When CIO’s were asked , with respect to your your organization’s total technology spending, how would you describe the level of spending with newer technology companies (for example, Slack, ThoughtSpot, PernixData) over the past 12 months, CIO’s communicated that 20.5% of overall tech spending will be spent with new tech companies.

Technology Priorities for CIO’s – DevOps Increasing in Adoption

When CIO’s were asked at what stage is your organization with regard to adopting DevOps practices, their responses in 2017 were:

  • Already in place: 25%
  • Will adopt within the next 24 months: 26%
  • No plans to adopt DevOps: 31%
  • Not sure: 19%

Responses in 2016 Were

  • Already in place: 16%
  • Will adopt within the next 24 months: 17%
  • No plans to adopt DevOps: 38%
  • Not sure: 21%

About the CIO Tech Poll – Technology Priorities for CIO’s
The CIO Tech poll was conducted to gauge the technology areas IT leaders will focus on in the coming year.  The survey also serves as an indicator for the direction of technology spending by category. The CIO Tech Poll results are based on 183 respondents who indicated they are the top IT executive at their organization or business unit. The margin of error on a sample size of 183 for the CIO Tech Poll is +- 7.24%.


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