Aligning IT with the wider business is one of the top three considerations keeping CIOs up at night.

A brand new survey from the Society of Information Management (SIM), that’s due to be released publicly in October, has found the top ten concerns weighing heavily on the minds of CIOs. Third on the list was aligning IT, which was beaten only by securing their enterprises against hacks or leaks (first) and hiring talented individuals (second).

Further down the list were improving the IT time to market (fourth), speeding up any IT changes (seventh) and improving overall velocity of change in the wider company (ninth). With much of CIOs’ attention focusing on how quickly change can be implement ed, lead researcher Leon Kappelman joked with “They used to say that speed kills. I don’t think you can say that any more.”

When it came to business IT spend, three answers kept cropping up: data centre infrastructure, analytics and business intelligence. On top of this, many companies were also giving careful consideration to cloud services, as well as the time and cost imp lications of integrating them with legacy systems.

The life of a CIO could be made easier, however, if there was a wider understanding of technology and the systems used in business. An average CIO was said to spend 41 per cent of their time evangelising IT, managing change and servicing the needs of cu stomers.

Commenting on the report, moderator Brian Watson told “We’re seeing much more velocity with change in IT not only in terms of the types of technology being introduced, but also in turnaround times and how quick something can be done.

“Today, IT projects are expected to be completed in three months, not three years.”

Author: David Howells