Most chief information officers (CIOs) still have the final say on their respective businesses’ cloud decisions, although the influence of other C-suite executives is still growing, the results of a new study suggest.

As part of its research, Verizon Communications questioned 1,000 CIOs across the globe, and found that 60 per cent are directly responsible for dictating technology spending. Even more (80 per cent) of the decisions are made by the wider IT department.

According to, the report’s authors said: “This suggests that IT and the lines of business respect each other’s expertise and are working together to achieve the best results.”

“In reality, few of the IT leaders that we’ve spoken to have ever wanted to hold the business back or stymie innovation. It’s a fundamental part of the role of the IT function to ask these sorts of questions of any new technology.”

However, 38 per cent of those asked said they were seeing more collaboration between their departments and the rest of the business on major IT decisions, reports.

The report, published on Tuesday (October 28) and conducted in collaboration with 451 Research, also found that investment in business cloud services has grown by 38 per cent in the past 12 months, with the researchers expecting it to make up more than half (54 per cent) of the average firm’s IT budget in 2016.

Author: Graeme Parton