IT Management: Cloud, Cost Cutting, Continuity Top IT Management Concerns
What are the top concerns that keep IT executives up at night? SIM (Society for Information Management) surveyed 172 C-level IT executives, including CIOs, Chief Technology Officers and CISOs (Chief Information Security Officers) to find out. Here, eWEEK presents the findings in a countdown of the 10 most important issues these high-ranking technology executives said they were facing in 2010. IT executives are facing business pressure like never before and are heavily scrutinized for return on investment in five major areas of technology. The five most invested areas (from 5 to 1) are cloud computing, business continuity/disaster recovery, virtualization, enterprise resource planning and business intelligence. With executives spending 75 percent of their time in non-technical related work, it's no wonder you see the data line up so closely with business management issues that align closely with business strategy, product management and projects that aim to profit from technology investmentsand not just keep the data center working well and backed up. That's not to say that CIOs are not concerned with infrastructure management. They most certainly are, but mostly by employing technologies that allow for solid performance at maximum cost-efficiency levels. Business intelligence has ranked as the most invested technology over the last three years, according to Chief Research Analyst and Stevens Institute of Technology Professor Jerry Luftman. Companies, while being challenged by BI implementations, expect to see the merits of their investment in the next year.